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Jun 12, 2017

Homework Help programs make a difference

Homework Help Program
Homework Help Program

As the school year is coming to an end, Boys and Girls Clubs across the country are very busy with their homework programs helping children and youth to finish off their school year successfully.  Homework programs at Boys and Girls Clubs is critical in helping young people succeed with their education, which forms one of the primary basis for their success later on in life. 


One of the most important homework programs we have is Power Up!  Recipient Clubs cater the program to the needs and interest of the young people they serve.  The following are some examples:

•          Reading circles

•          English as a Second Language support

•          Internet safety sessions

•          Lego building challenges

•          Arts and crafts

•          Public library visits

•          Use of educational apps

•          Writing and storytelling workshops

•          Read-a-thon


Young people clearly benefit from the program.  We’re happy to share a couple of testimonials with you, outlining the impact of the program:


“Power Up! really helped me with my homework during the school year, and prepared me to enter grade 7” – 13 year old participant, Edmonton, AB


Thank you once again for your support of Homework programs at Boys and Girls Clubs in Canada.

Mar 9, 2017

Homework help programs - an update

Homework help program
Homework help program

It is so hard to believe that the school year is more than halfway done and many students are looking forward to the upcoming March Break.  Since the beginning of the school year, Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada have been busy supporting children and youth with homework help programs to ensure that they have a successful academic year.  One of the pillars of our after school programs is to offer educational support to children and youth nationally so that we equip them with all the tools and resources that they need to succeed in school.  Clubs hire qualified staff members and/or work with skilled volunteers to offer homework help for children and youth. 

Boys and Girls Clubs in Canada cater to the local needs of the communities they serve.  As an extension, the Homework help programs that are offered vary across the country.  One of the most important national homework help program we offer is the Power Up! program.  Through a combination of group work and one-on-one support, participants are able to access the support they need to enhance their academic potential.  Kids, parents and staff continue to provide overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Power Up! program, noting that it has been a key element in children’s academic success.

Thank you for your continued support.  You play an important role in enabling us to support Clubs in offering homework help programs to children and youth across Canada. 

Mar 3, 2017

Hezzy Gets in the Game

Hezzy Gets in the Game
Hezzy Gets in the Game

Thank you for your continued support!  Boys and Girls Clubs across the country are very busy running programs and services for children and youth in Canada.  A great example of a program that we offer is the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game program.  Please read about the program offered at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Hamilton, Ontario.


Hezzy Gets in the Game

Getting a sporting chance with Canadian Tire Jumpstart 

When 7-year-old Hezzy watched his older brother play drop-in basketball at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Hamilton, he knew this was the sport he wanted to play.

“I used to arrive at the Club before it opened, so eager to start playing,” says Hezzy, remembering his first game 7 years ago. “Waiting for the staff to unlock the doors, I used to pass the time dribbling outside.”

It didn’t take long for the Hamilton Club to recognize that Hezzy had a gift that would open doors for him.  By age 11, Hezzy’s team had won 3 championships and he had been named Most Valuable Player by the Hamilton Basketball Association. 

“When I was scouted by the Hamilton Wildcats Basketball Academy, I was really excited because I knew that competitive basketball is a big deal and you have to be at a high level to play in the Ontario Division.  I was so grateful when they told me I made the team.”

Now at the age of 14, Hezzy has recently made the Under 15 team at CIA Bounce. His U15 team competes against top high school teams in the United States and he has already played games in New York and Pennsylvania. 

“I like exploring new cities and being on the road with the team,” he says.  “But I’m proudest of scoring 8 points in 30 seconds to help win the championship game by 3 points.”

The 14-year-old rising star credits Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game for eliminating the financial barriers to competing at this level.  Get in the Game provides funds and equipment to Boys and Girls Clubs so that members can enjoy the benefits of organized sports and physical activities, even when family budgets can’t stretch enough to cover these costs.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game is currently offered at 13 Boys and Girls Clubs across the country and has helped more than 5,000 children and youth get in the game.

Looking to the future beyond high school, Hezzy hopes to play college basketball in the United States. “Just being able to play at such a high level would really pay off,” he says, and it doesn’t matter which college team he might play for.  Glenn Harkness, Executive Director of Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Hamilton says he believes Hezzy is on his way to the NBA one day, like Boys and Girls Club alumni Anthony Bennett—the first Canadian to become a #1 NBA draft pick.

“If I didn’t go to the drop-in program at my Club, I wouldn’t be where I am now,” Hezzy adds, as he heads back to the basketball court for practice. “Everybody was always so nice and the coaches were great. I have to thank all of them for helping me along the way and lending their support.”

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