As Canada's largest youth serving organization, we are moving forward with important work.
Most recently, we have completed a rebrand Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada has become BGC Canada. Not to be trendy. Not because it’s shorter or catchier. But because Clubs across the country open their doors to all kids and teens and we believe our name should reflect that.
Removing gender from our name modernizes the BGC brand and echoes the inclusive practices we’re known for without straying too far from our history and national brand awareness. It also embraces the fact that we serve young people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities.
New name, same legacy: 120+ years of creating opportunities for millions of Canadian kids and teens.
With the summer months upon us, and continued progression in the fight against COVID-19, our focus continues to be on be on supporting Canadian children, youth, and families across the country.
Thank you for your continued support and for making a difference in the lives of the over 200,000 young people we serve.
Mar 23, 2021
Our Vital Anti-Racism Work Continues
By Josh L - Development & Philanthropy Officer
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada remains commited to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We stand against racism and discrimination of any kind.
As part of our commitment, our national youth council recently awared10 Anti Racism Initiative Micorgrants (AIM) to 38 youth between 13-24 years old who are passionate about anti-racism within their communities.
Anti-Racism Initiative Microgrants (AIM), aims to support youth-led initiatives from Club members across Canada. It elevates youth voices around anti-racism, especially within BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous or People of Colour).
Youth applied from various Clubs across Canada and grant recipients were from: Alberta British Columbia Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Manitoba
Various initiatives will be one-day workshops, weekly programming as well as educational videos. Here are some of the amazing initiatives being run:
"Arts and Activism": An art show made by the arts and activism participants to create awareness and encourage dialogue around diversity and expression.
"Let the Silence be Heard": 10-week workshops surrounding racism with Ryerson University Social Work Department
Educational video about anti-racism: Create an educational video about the community and why anti-racism is so important to this group of youth. It will include education about immigrants and people of colour.
"I Stand Against… ": A one-time workshop hosting BIPOC speakers aiming to combat Anti-Indigenous sentiments from the community and education around allyship and provide actionable steps.
"No Room for Racism Day": An anti-racism day at the Club including conversations about anti-racism, food from various cultures, poster contests, and much more. 30 youth and 4 staff to help instill the importance of fighting against racism through education on matters.
Black History Month Video Project: Interviews will be held asking about different generations about their past, and present experiences and hope for the future for an equitable and inclusive society.
"Not All Brown People Are the Same": Virtual event to appreciate brown people and explore stereotypes.
"MGTI Anti-Racism Group": This group will talk about racism such as those against Asians during the start of COVID-19 and within various marginalized groups.
"Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.)": The Lead Up Youth purchase materials written by BIPOC authors and artists for 5 BGC school aged after-school programs to benefit 100 children which have youth from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds that would benefit from the literature.
"How to Talk About Racism": This webinar will speak on anti-racism efforts in the community.
This great work was made possible thanks to your support. As we work to make an even larger impact, your onoing support is neccesary and vital.
Let's continue our work together to improve the lives of children and youth.
Feb 1, 2021
2021: Our Work Continues
By Fund Development Team - Development & Philanthropy Officer
2020 was a year like no other. Thanks to your generosity, thousands of Canadian youth and families were able to recieve vital supports.
As we move into 2021 with the pandemic still ongoing, our efforts continue.
We are focused on supporting youth and families where they need it most. The current situation has left many struggling financially, mentally, and socially.
We are ready to face 2021 and the challenges that come our way. But the headwinds we are facing continue to be a gale – we have more work to do to deliver what’s needed. This will not be easy work.
Our programs, initiatives, and partnerships aim to improve and enrich the lives of youth and families.