Aug 7, 2017

Providing a safe place to be

Providing a safe place to be
Providing a safe place to be

As the weather gets nicer, many families look for activities to fill the time outside of school hours. This time of year is an important reminder that the hours spent outside of school are critical for children and youth, and it is important that they always have a safe place to be. It’s easy to forget that many families struggle to find a place to send their children, whether it is after school or for their summer vacations. For many parents, the idea that their child could have a productive, engaging place to go when they’re not in school is hard to imagine.

When you support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, you’re helping many young people overcome significant barriers to a fun, safe place to go during these times. Camps and after-school programs not only provide a safe place for kids, they also provide the opportunity to learn, grow, and try new things. Our Clubs offer a wide variety of activities to choose from, meaning that kids can spend their free time doing everything from visiting museums, to exploring creative passions, and learning new skills.

However kids choose to spend their time at Clubs, staff are trained facilitators who focus on fostering a place of belonging for everyone. Ensuring that a young person meets their full potential is a year-round job and, as a result, our staff maintain a supportive space for children and youth throughout the summer months and during after-school hours. These can be difficult times for many families; kids can struggle when they find themselves without the structure that they are used to during the school day. Our member, Brendan, describes the importance of our Clubs at times like these:

“The Club helps push us in the right direction at a time in our lives when we are really vulnerable. Kids can fall in with the wrong crowds easily, and the Club helps us stay on the right path.”

                              – Brendan, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton

All young people deserve a place to learn and grow this summer. Your support is critical in providing these opportunities to children and youth across Canada.

Jun 20, 2017

STEAM Ahead update

STEAM Ahead program
STEAM Ahead program

Thank you for your generous support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)!

Our STEAM Ahead program, supported by Fidelity Investments, continues to be offered at 11 Clubs across the country.  As part of the grant, recipient Clubs received the STEAM Ahead program manual and accompanying engineering kits to support program delivery. Feedback on the program has been overwhelmingly positive and is meeting a great need among the children and youth we serve.  In addition, the program is in high demand and Clubs report high levels of participant engagement.

Below is a testimonial on the positive impact of STEAM Ahead:

“It made me think about being an engineer.  A builder.”

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.

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