Project #9793

Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada - Homework Help

by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Raising the Grade participants
Raising the Grade participants

Thank you for your generous support of Boys and Girls Clubs’ Homework Help programs. 

Children and youth across Canada made their way back to school this week.  To help children succeed in school, most Boys and Girls Clubs offer homework help in the after school timeframe.  A great example is the Raising the Grade (RTG) program. 

Raising The Grade supports at-risk youth 12 to 18 to explore, set, and achieve their academic and career goals by offering academic support, post-secondary and career discovery, and opportunities to use technology and quality online resources in RTG Tech Centres. Through hands-on learning opportunities, a specific focus on personal interests and goals, and supportive relationships with mentors and volunteers, young people who participate in RTG are supported to achieve:

• Graduation from high school

• Insight about their personal interests and how to pursue them

• Sufficient credits and grades for PSE, including apprenticeship, college or university

• Digital literacy skills

• Career aspirations that match their personal interests and goals

The program has been active for several years and we have received positive feedback from participants and their parents who have indicated that this program has been very helpful.  Your generous support allows Clubs to continue providing this much-needed resource for the children and youth we serve.


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.


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.”


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 - or 1 - 844 - 477 - 7272 ext. 271

Lauren's Learning Ways

“Joie de vivre. That is Lauren in a nutshell.” Amanda Audette, Program Manager at Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton shares. She 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’s parents were initially hesitant about enrolling their daughter in French immersion and were 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. In the program, kids 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! promotes learning, both in and out of the classroom and Boys and Girls Clubs are happy to support children’s development while aiding parents and families with the provision of this program. <all the Fidelity detail sounds like we’re overrun with support, i.e. as if funds aren’t still needed.


THANK YOU for your support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)! Because of you, BGCC is able to help youth like William, a youth member of our Ottawa Club, achieve their academic goals. As a result of the support provided by Boys and Girls Clubs – and the support from Rogers Raising the Grade that William received – he is pursuing his professional aspirations and is excited to now be giving back to support other kids and his community.


A thoughtful, articulate 18-year-old, William explains that he knew years ago he wanted a career in medicine.

"I'm an early decider," he says with a smile. He also has a personal reason.
"My grandmother lived with us in China before the family moved to Ottawa and she had a lot of lung problems. When I heard her coughing when I was little, I'd tell her: ‘One day, I am going to invent a medicine that will make you better.’
"Sadly, she died before we came to Canada in 2009 and I didn't get a chance to help her. But I’d like to make a contribution to society and I like working with people so I want to be a pharmacist."
William is clearly on track for success. He signed up for Rogers Raising the Grade at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa when he was in Grade 11 and is beginning an undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa as a prerequisite to pharmacy school.

Rogers Raising the Grade (RRTG) is a national program of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and offered in 43 service locations across Canada. RRTG offers homework help, connections with mentors and tutors, and a chance for youth to explore their interests and post-secondary education options. 
The program features Club-based tech centres offering access to computers, high-speed Internet, and a welcoming place to relax and study with peers. Students meet at the Club after school a few times a week to establish and achieve their goals for high school and beyond. 
Many RRTG mentors are in university or recently graduated so they have a lot of good, relevant advice, William says. 
William says he was lucky to be mentored by Peter, who recently completed his surgical residency at the Civic Hospital. "Peter is amazing and really helped me a lot. He told me what courses I needed to take and his experience really expanded my vision.”
William’s been working part-time at a pharmacy for the past year, helping prepare and fill prescriptions, so he’s already getting a good understanding of the job of a pharmacist. 
He has also been working part-time at the Boys and Girls Club for the last two years and plays sports of all kinds every chance he gets. 

Will he be able to keep everything up with the added demands of university?

“I think I’ll manage,” he says with confidence. "My mentor helped me figure out my work/life balance and gave me some good time management tips. He is much more than a mentor to me—he is a friend.”
William says he hopes he can also be a Rogers Raising the Grade mentor. This year, the Ottawa RRTG program is already at full capacity and according to Melissa, the Education Manager at the Club’s Police Youth Centre location, "kids are jumping at the chance to get into the program."
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 – you can reach Sarah at or 1-844-477-7272 x271.

THANK YOU for your support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)! Because of you, BGCC is able to help youth like Dionne, a youth member of our Toronto Kiwanis Club, achieve their academic goals. As a result of the support provided by Boys and Girls Clubs – and a grade 10 scholarship Dionne received – she has just finished her first year of college and is excited to now be giving back to support other kids.


“Getting a laptop in Grade 10 was the biggest burden off me. We didn’t have a computer at home and having it really made a big difference for me.”

As Dionne begins her second year in Humber College’s Child and Youth Care program, she shares that the Best Buy Grade 10 Scholarship helped her do well in high school because she could stop worrying about how she’d afford a post-secondary education.

“Getting that computer and knowing I had first my year’s tuition locked down two years in advance was the beginning of so many good opportunities. Many doors have since opened for me.”

In partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Best Buy Canada awards Grade 10 scholarships in a 3-step program designed to help students see post-secondary education as an achievable goal when thinking about life after high school. Dionne received a $750 Best Buy gift card to purchase a laptop in Grade 10 and then $250 in Grade 12 to help pay for post-secondary application fees. When she started college last year, the scholarship paid $4,000 to her selected college for tuition and expenses.

She says she chose child and youth work after learning about mentoring and leadership through her involvement at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, where she’s been a member since the young age of 5. “My older brother worked as a leader at the Boys and Girls Club. When I saw the connections he made with the kids, I said, ‘I want to be like that. I want people to look up to me, too.’”

Having recently completed her training, Dionne is excited to begin working in the Club’s after-school program three days a week, while also attending to her full second-year course load at Humber. More than anything, she’s looking forward to her internship with a community service agency where she’ll be working with youth seeking support in shelters. Of her future, Dionne says: “I want to focus my career on youth — like helping kids post-incarceration get back on their feet and find the right path.”

With a clear handle on how to make her dream of education come true, Dionne is focused on her future prospects and dreams. After initially receiving the Best Buy scholarship, she has gone on to earn an 80% average during her first year’s studies, as well as other scholarships. She expects to have all of her tuition costs covered until the completion of her course of study.

Of her experiences to date, Dionne summarizes with a confident smile “It was a lot of work and so different from high school. But I am good at time management and I love the challenges.”


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 with me at or 1-844-477-7272 x232


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Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Location: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sue Sheridan
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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