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Sep 1, 2016

Power Up! with homework club

Fredericton Club Power Up! Homework Club
Fredericton Club Power Up! Homework Club

Children and youth across Canada are preparing to go back to school and Boys and Girls Clubs are also gearing up to offer after school programs.  A notable program that we offer at our Clubs is Power Up!, an academic enhancement program for children between 6 and 12.  This long-standing program, funded by Fidelity Investments, has helped hundreds of children to succeed in school.  Please read about Lauren below from our Fredericton Club who has greatly benefited from participating in Power Up!

 

Lauren's learning ways

"Joie de vivre. That is Lauren in a nutshell.”

Amanda Audette, program manager with Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton, is very proud of this cheerful 8-year-old.

“I’m in French immersion!” Lauren says with enthusiasm.  “I’m going to go to Paris someday.”

“Lauren made great strides in school, thanks to her daily attendance in the Power Up! Homework Club at our Skyline Acres facility,” Amanda explains.

Lauren’s parents were hesitant about enrolling their daughter in French immersion and concerned that switching her from the regular curriculum would be too much of a challenge.

“Lauren convinced them to give her the opportunity and they finally agreed because of the academic support she gets with us after school, five days a week.”

Created by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and funded by Fidelity Investments for over a decade, Power Up! is an academic enhancement program for children between 6 and 12. They get to try new things and develop life and learning skills but most importantly, they have fun—an important factor for kids like Lauren, who declares recess as her favourite “subject” at school.

“I really like the Power Up! Homework Club because I get all my work done here before I go home,” Lauren says.

“Lauren’s mom really likes it too,” Amanda says with a smile. “It makes things so much easier for her, knowing Lauren’s getting help with her French vocabulary and reading.  And with the homework out of the way, the whole family can relax and enjoy their evening.

“Most of our parents tell us how much they value the academic support provided by Power Up! and the fact that volunteers, tutors and mentors are provided at no extra cost.”

Power Up! is just one of three Boys and Girls Club programs supported by Fidelity Investments Canada that promotes learning, both in and out of the classroom. 

Fidelity sponsors the new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program that encourages youth to explore STEM fundamentals and includes an artistic (A) component to encourage creativity and innovation. Fidelity Investments Canada also offers scholarship opportunities for Boys and Girls Club youth pursuing post-secondary education.

 

THANK YOU!

Thank you for your continued support, which enables us to expand our reach, allowing us to help as many kids as possible to succeed in school, open doors to new experiences and opportunities and paving the way to a successful future.    

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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