We are well into the hot summer weather and Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada are busy enjoying every minute of it! Here are a few updates on what’s been happening in our Clubs:
Jays Care Foundation Covers all the Bases
Jays Care Foundation is providing Boys and Girls Clubs free admission to 25 baseball camps across Canada organized by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy, in partnership with Baseball Canada and Little League Canada. The Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League is a popular program at over 25 Boys and Girls Clubs in 55 communities across Canada and for some youth, it’s the first time they have ever swung a bat or run the bases. Young players have the opportunity to learn from Major League All-Stars like Roberto Alomar, Jesse Barfield, George Bell, Lloyd Moseby and Duane Ward. Jays Care Foundation also offers baseball programming, coaching support and equipment to Boys and Girls Clubs to help promote physical activity and build confidence and leadership skills among children and youth from underserved areas across the country. What an amazing opportunity for our kids!
Camp Old Navy helps teens break down the barriers to employment
For a young person with a seemingly blank resume, getting that first break into the job market can be a major challenge. That’s why Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Old Navy stores are giving youth a leg up through the summer work experience program, Camp Old Navy! Since 2005, the program has helped introduced youth to the retail sector, educating them on the different divisions while equipping teens with valuable skills and training. Participants will spend a half day at an Old Navy store shadowing staff and learning the ropes of retail management, sales and merchandising— everything from serving customers to stocking shelves to ringing in purchases. The best part? Many are able to parlay the experience into part-time and full-time employment!
Youth Changing the Way Canadians Think About Aboriginal People
It’s no secret that our youth voice is powerful and their actions can be even stronger when it comes to wanting things to change. That’s why one of our members of the National Youth Council recently flew to Edmonton to meet another group of youth. About 130 young people started a new conversation there, based on reconciliation, respect, reciprocity and relevance. They call themselves the 4Rs Youth Movement and they plan on changing the way Canadians think about their country. The scope of this partnership is unique - the youth represent 6 national Aboriginal organizations, 5 national youth-serving organizations and 3 foundations from across Canada and reflect an urgent need to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and youth. We couldn’t be more proud!
Thank you again for donating and helping to change the lives of thousands of children and youth across Canada! We will continue to keep you updated in the months ahead!
Happy Spring! The weather is finally turning warmer as we head into the spring season – the time of year where everything is new, fresh and in bloom once again! It’s no different for Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada – we continue to celebrate many new and exciting achievements:
Families Overcoming Cultural Obstacles through the Parenting Together Program
In our most recent issue of IMPACT (Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's National Newsletter) Joanna Duong, the group facilitator of the Vietnamese Parents Together Program in South Coast B.C. describes how Boys and Girls Clubs not only helps young people, but also supports families as a whole – especially those who may be new to Canada. Joanne says one of the most incredible things about the program is parents being given the opportunity to be part of the Club too, and connect with their children while they learn and adapt to a new language and culture. Weekly meetings and support groups are held just for parents, aimed at helping them develop and share new skills and there are also parent and child activities such as picnics, cultural events and giving back to the community. This is just one example of the dozens of incredible, life changing programs happening and Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada!
National Volunteer Week April 6 - 12
During April, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada celebrated over 15,000 volunteers that help support our 650 service locations across Canada. Although we appreciate the generosity of our amazing volunteers every single day, this was a special week dedicated to formally recognizing those who give of themselves for the benefit of young people. Quite simply, we could not transform young lives across the country without them – and we couldn’t be more grateful. From teens to seniors with a range of skills and background, our volunteers are on the playground, at the Board table, in kitchens and fundraisers – even creating and running programs locally!
Belonging: National Day to End Bullying May 7
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC), together with our Clubs and partners, recognize that bullying is a growing issue facing Canadian youth. Collectively, we are striving to change the current dialogue about bullying from negative to positive, focusing on our shared belief that by building a young person’s sense of belonging, we can ultimately help to lessen the negative effects of bullying. On May 7, CIBC and BGCC partnered together on a campaign designed to increase public awareness of the issue by showing support to all young people who have been affected by bullying, as well as showing support for all anti-bullying initiatives that have been designed to ensure all children and youth feel a sense of safety and belonging. The campaign was a huge success, both on the ground and online, generating support coast to coast from Club level to celebrity level. We couldn’t be more proud of this achievement!
Thank you again for donating and helping to change the lives of thousands of children and youth across Canada! We will continue to keep you updated in the months ahead.
We are now into the swing of a brand new year and you know what that means - many new and exciting things are happening at Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada! Here is a snapshot of what we've been up to over the past few months:
Celebrating Boys and Girls Club Alumni Taylor Hall
In our most recent issue of IMPACT, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's National Newsletter, Edmonton Oilers superstar Taylor Hall tells us how Boys and Girls Clubs helped him score in life. Taylor says one of the most interesting things about being part of the Club was meeting kids who were “kids of different races, ages, and kids who go to different schools.” When Taylor was 13, he and his family left Calgary and moved to Kingston, Ontario, so Taylor could further his hockey career. However, he didn’t forget about the Boys and Girls Club, and continues to support the organization to this day. Way to go, Taylor!
A Magical Trip to Walt Disney World
This holiday season, 16 youth leaders from Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada had the opportunity to travel to Walt Disney World on December 3. This one-of-a-kind experience was made possible by WestJet, through their WestJet Cares for Kids program, as well as by Walt Disney World Resorts (Canada). Boys and Girls Clubs staff chaperoned the teens throughout the four-day outing, along with a number of WestJetters who volunteered their time to accompany them. The teens participated in pay-it-forward activities, teambuilding and leadership development when they weren’t simply being kids at Walt Disney World!
Pink Shirt Day
On February 26, Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada will unite to help raise awareness of the issue of bullying. Our movement will wear Pink shirts to symbolize that we, as a society, will not tolerate bullying anywhere! The idea stemmed from two incredible youth in Nova Scotia and has grown to be a nationally recognized day. Stay tuned for more updates on how Clubs across Canada celebrated this very special Day.
Thank you again for donating and changing the lives of thousands of children and youth across Canada! We will continue to keep you updated in the months ahead.
As the weather turns colder, we can hardly believe that the holiday season is just around the corner. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has much to celebrate –and we’d love to share some of our highlights with you all!
YOUth in Office: Job Shadowing Day on Parliament Hill
Just a few weeks ago, approx. 60 young people had the chance to learn about career opportunities from 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Parliament Hill! They spent the workday together as part of a joint initiative to inspire young people about the working world and some of the job options associated with politics and government in Canada. This unique opportunity of witnessing different roles and individuals in action was truly inspiring for youth to consider a range of career options and get excited about gaining the education and experience they need to succeed!
Game Tech continues to be a great success in all of our participating Clubs and continues to be one of the most popular programs offered. Throughout the fall, Clubs have been busy wrapping up their second 8-week fall program session, and the feedback couldn't be better! Children and youth have had a blast challenging each other to design creative new games, learn new skills and best of all, playing each other's video game masterpieces! Most Clubs also had a special event where they invited other members and their families to come in so they could showcase their amazing tech creations!
Thank You and Happy Holidays
You care about kids and so do we. Your continued support enables our young people to gain valuable skills and have access to vital opportunities just like the ones listed above - continuing to help open doors to new experiences, paving the way for a successful future. Once again, thank you for your incredible support of our young people. On behalf of all of the children, youth and their families who benefit from your generosity and support, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.
Stay tuned! We look forward to updating you on the continued progress of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in the weeks ahead!
As summer comes to an end, the leaves are beginning to change and fall season is just around the corner. We’ve had a terrific summer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada – here are a few of the highlights:
Game Tech Game Tech continues to be a great success in all of our participating Clubs and continues to be one of the most popular programs offered. Through Game Tech, children and youth challenge each other to be creative, designing and playing each other’s video game masterpieces! Over the late spring, Club staff attended a training webinar to ensure they were properly equipped to run the program in their Clubs. There was also a peer-to-peer training session amongst Club members. Participating Clubs ran the program for 8 weeks and are now gearing up to run another 8 week session in the fall.
Clubs express how much this program is an eye opener for the children and youth involved, as many did not realized how much work goes into making an animated computer character perform a specific action. Almost all participants have never been exposed to computer programming and the process of composing a video game!
National Youth ForumBoys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s bi-annual National Youth Forum has once again left an unforgettable mark on the lives of 180 young leaders who gathered in Kamloops, British Columbia for this ‘life-changing’ event. Led by the National Youth Council and designed ‘for youth by youth’, Oasis 2013 enabled young Canadians to come together to discuss important issues, develop new skills, expand their knowledge about the arts, culture and environment and boost their self-esteem.THANK YOU Your continued support enables our young people to gain valuable skills and have access to vital opportunities just like the ones listed above - continuing to help open doors to new experiences, paving the way for a successful future. Once again, thank you for your incredible support of our young people. We look forward to updating you on the continued progress of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in the weeks ahead!
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