Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

To provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can go to experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. At 95 Clubs and 650 service locations in every province in Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading provider of after school and critical hours programs, recognized for significantly contributing to the healthy development of young people - especially those who need Clubs most.
Jun 24, 2016

The Importance of STEM Education

THANK YOU for your support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada! Because of you, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is able to provide opportunities for youth and children. Please continue to read below to learn about two club kids who have decided that going to university will be an investment in their futures.

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STEM education is more than just science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary and applied approach, coupled with real-world, problem-based learning. At Boys and Girls Clubs, the STEAM Ahead program encourages youth to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fundamentals and includes an artistic (A) component to encourage creativity and innovation.

Please read the attached article (link below), published this past year in the Huffington Post. The article, entitled “3 Reasons For Canadian Kids To Embrace STEM,” outlines the importance of STEM learning, the opportunities that are available for girls and women, and the many employment prospects that can arise from a science-based education.

In our last report, we let you know that we were in communication with educational consultants to update and add to the associated staff manuals. This helped us assure that Club staff are well prepared to train, teach, and support all participants. Over the next few months and into the fall, we are excited to announce that twelve Boys and Girls Clubs from across the country will facilitate our STEAM Ahead program. Stay tuned for updates in our next GlobalGiving report!

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/karin-campbell/3-reasons-embrace-stem_b_8749118.html

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What do you think? Are you interested in more information about how you can support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada? Please get in touch - spillersdorf@bgccan.com or 1 - 844 - 477 - 7272 ext. 234

Jun 13, 2016

School Cents - Crunching Numbers for Post - Secondary Education

Charles and Christabel
Charles and Christabel

THANK YOU for your support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada! Because of you, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is able to provide opportunities for youth and children. Please continue to read below to learn about two club kids who have decided that going to university will be an investment in their futures.

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Charles says “I decided I’ll be going to university after high school instead of working full-time.” A Grade 11 student and member of Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Charles made his decision after completing a 2-part, online learning module created by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in partnership with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation and funded by Prosper Canada’s TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund. School Cents: Get There, Learn How presents information through short questionnaires and quizzes in an interactive youth-friendly storyline. The module encourages students to weigh the pros and cons of higher education as opposed to entering the workforce full-time after high school. The module’s second part provides information and examples to help youth develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to assess how they could pay for post-secondary education. School Cents also encourages financial literacy by introducing concepts like good debt and bad debt, opportunity costs and the difference between grants, scholarships and loans. “The module gave me information on how making an investment right now can benefit me in the future,” Charles explains, after considering the average lifetime earnings one could expect with a university degree, a college diploma, an apprenticeship or a high school diploma. His fellow Club member and classmate Christabel decided that getting a degree is also the best choice for her, based on what she learned from the School Cents module. “My plan is go straight to university, use my scholarships, apply for bursaries School Cents and other scholarships, and maybe even get a part-time job to help pay for tuition and living expenses,” she says. “Despite the costs, it’s still worth it because a university degree will get me a better job in the end.” School Cents focuses on the pros and cons of higher education in general rather than specific considerations related to different fields of study. Youth wondering what educational programs might be the best fit for them are directed to explore myBlueprint, an online education planner available to students across Canada. Charles says he’s glad he completed School Cents. “The module has helped me make decisions that are essential for my future,” he says. “It gave me information and helped me choose my path.”

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What do you think? Are you interested in more information about how you can support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada? Please get in touch - spillersdorf@bgccan.com or 1 - 844 - 477 - 7272 ext. 271

Jun 8, 2016

Covering all the bases in Gander

Club Kids at Gander Boys and Girls Club
Club Kids at Gander Boys and Girls Club

THANK YOU for your support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada! Because of you, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is able to provide opportunities for youth and children. Please continue to read below to learn about one of our Clubs in Gander, Newfoundland.

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“Eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships are fundamental activities at our Club,” says Lori Roache, Program Coordinator for the Gander Boys and Girls Club. Gander is home to about 10,000 people and probably best known for its transatlantic airport and an important strategic role during World War II. The Gander Boys and Girls Club is also aware of another lesser known but important fact— Newfoundland and Labrador has Canada’s highest rate of obesity among youth. “That’s why we jumped at the chance to offer Triple Play when it was introduced by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada last year,” Lori says. Triple Play was created by Boys and Girls Clubs of America to provide Club members aged 6 to 18 with opportunities to participate in daily physical activity and learn how to develop a healthy approach to mind, body and soul. The program is available in Canada thanks to the support of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “During the summer, the Club offered lots of opportunities to boost physical activity through the Triple Play program, including field trips featuring swimming, hiking and adventuring,” Lori explains. The physical activities are complemented by wellness focused pursuits, like learning a new healthy recipe once a week and group activities and peer mentoring to help the youth develop self-esteem as they interact positively together. “During the school year, Triple Play participants stay closer to home, playing spirited games of Four Square and having group discussions about wellness and smart food choices,” Lori adds. “Best of all, programs like Triple Play allow us to adopt an open-door policy so that all of the town’s young people have opportunities to get together in a safe place to be active and have fun with their friends after school.

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What do you think? Are you interested in more information about how you can support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada? Please get in touch - spillersdorf@bgccan.com or 1 - 844 - 477 - 7272 ext. 271

 

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