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Happy Spring! The weather is finally turning warmer as we head into the spring season – the time of year where everything is new, fresh and in bloom once again! It’s no different for Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada – we continue to celebrate many new and exciting achievements:

Families Overcoming Cultural Obstacles through the Parenting Together Program

In our most recent issue of IMPACT (Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's National Newsletter) Joanna Duong, the group facilitator of the Vietnamese Parents Together Program in South Coast B.C. describes how Boys and Girls Clubs not only helps young people, but also supports families as a whole – especially those who may be new to Canada. Joanne says one of the most incredible things about the program is parents being given the opportunity to be part of the Club too, and connect with their children while they learn and adapt to a new language and culture. Weekly meetings and support groups are held just for parents, aimed at helping them develop and share new skills and there are also parent and child activities such as picnics, cultural events and giving back to the community. This is just one example of the dozens of incredible, life changing programs happening and Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada!

National Volunteer Week April 6 - 12

During April, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada celebrated over 15,000 volunteers that help support our 650 service locations across Canada. Although we appreciate the generosity of our amazing volunteers every single day, this was a special week dedicated to formally recognizing those who give of themselves for the benefit of young people. Quite simply, we could not transform young lives across the country without them – and we couldn’t be more grateful. From teens to seniors with a range of skills and background, our volunteers are on the playground, at the Board table, in kitchens and fundraisers – even creating and running programs locally!

Belonging: National Day to End Bullying May 7 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC), together with our Clubs and partners, recognize that bullying is a growing issue facing Canadian youth. Collectively, we are striving to change the current dialogue about bullying from negative to positive, focusing on our shared belief that by building a young person’s sense of belonging, we can ultimately help to lessen the negative effects of bullying. On May 7, CIBC and BGCC partnered together on a campaign designed to increase public awareness of the issue by showing support to all young people who have been affected by bullying, as well as showing support for all anti-bullying initiatives that have been designed to ensure all children and youth feel a sense of safety and belonging. The campaign was a huge success, both on the ground and online, generating support coast to coast from Club level to celebrity level. We couldn’t be more proud of this achievement!

Thank you again for donating and helping to change the lives of thousands of children and youth across Canada! We will continue to keep you updated in the months ahead.

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We are now into the swing of a brand new year and you know what that means - many new and exciting things are happening at Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada! Here is a snapshot of what we've been up to over the past few months:

Celebrating Boys and Girls Club Alumni Taylor Hall

In our most recent issue of IMPACT, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's National Newsletter, Edmonton Oilers superstar Taylor Hall tells us how Boys and Girls Clubs helped him score in life. Taylor says one of the most interesting things about being part of the Club was meeting kids who were “kids of different races, ages, and kids who go to different schools.”  When Taylor was 13, he and his family left Calgary and moved to Kingston, Ontario, so Taylor could further his hockey career. However, he didn’t forget about the Boys and Girls Club, and continues to support the organization to this day. Way to go, Taylor!

A Magical Trip to Walt Disney World

This holiday season, 16 youth leaders from Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada had the opportunity to travel to Walt Disney World on December 3. This one-of-a-kind experience was made possible by WestJet, through their WestJet Cares for Kids program, as well as by Walt Disney World Resorts (Canada). Boys and Girls Clubs staff chaperoned the teens throughout the four-day outing, along with a number of WestJetters who volunteered their time to accompany them. The teens participated in pay-it-forward activities, teambuilding and leadership development when they weren’t simply being kids at Walt Disney World!

Pink Shirt Day

On February 26, Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada will unite to help raise awareness of the issue of bullying. Our movement will wear Pink shirts to symbolize that we, as a society, will not tolerate bullying anywhere! The idea stemmed from two incredible youth in Nova Scotia and has grown to be a nationally recognized day. Stay tuned for more updates on how Clubs across Canada celebrated this very special Day.

Thank you again for donating and changing the lives of thousands of children and youth across Canada! We will continue to keep you updated in the months ahead.

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As the weather turns colder, we can hardly believe that the holiday season is just around the corner. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has much to celebrate –and we’d love to share some of our highlights with you all!

YOUth in Office: Job Shadowing Day on Parliament Hill

Just a few weeks ago, approx. 60 young people had the chance to learn about career opportunities from 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Parliament Hill! They spent the workday together as part of a joint initiative to inspire young people about the working world and some of the job options associated with politics and government in Canada. This unique opportunity of witnessing different roles and individuals in action was truly inspiring for youth to consider a range of career options and get excited about gaining the education and experience they need to succeed!

Game Tech

Game Tech continues to be a great success in all of our participating Clubs and continues to be one of the most popular programs offered. Throughout the fall, Clubs have been busy wrapping up their second 8-week fall program session, and the feedback couldn't be better! Children and youth have had a blast challenging each other to design creative new games, learn new skills and best of all, playing each other's video game masterpieces! Most Clubs also had a special event where they invited other members and their families to come in so they could showcase their amazing tech creations!

Thank You and Happy Holidays

You care about kids and so do we. Your continued support enables our young people to gain valuable skills and have access to vital opportunities just like the ones listed above - continuing to help open doors to new experiences, paving the way for a successful future. Once again, thank you for your incredible support of our young people. On behalf of all of the children, youth and their families who benefit from your generosity and support, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Stay tuned! We look forward to updating you on the continued progress of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in the weeks ahead!

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As summer comes to an end, the leaves are beginning to change and fall season is just around the corner. We’ve had a terrific summer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada – here are a few of the highlights:

Game Tech
Game Tech continues to be a great success in all of our participating Clubs and continues to be one of the most popular programs offered.  Through Game Tech, children and youth challenge each other to be creative, designing and playing each other’s video game masterpieces! Over the late spring, Club staff attended a training webinar to ensure they were properly equipped to run the program in their Clubs. There was also a peer-to-peer training session amongst Club members. Participating Clubs ran the program for 8 weeks and are now gearing up to run another 8 week session in the fall.

Clubs express how much this program is an eye opener for the children and youth involved, as many did not realized how much work goes into making an animated computer character perform a specific action. Almost all participants have never been exposed to computer programming and the process of composing a video game!

National Youth Forum
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s bi-annual National Youth Forum has once again left an unforgettable mark on the lives of 180 young leaders who gathered in Kamloops, British Columbia for this ‘life-changing’ event. Led by the National Youth Council and designed ‘for youth by youth’, Oasis 2013 enabled young Canadians to come together to discuss important issues, develop new skills, expand their knowledge about the arts, culture and environment and boost their self-esteem.

THANK YOU
Your continued support enables our young people to gain valuable skills and have access to vital opportunities just like the ones listed above - continuing to help open doors to new experiences, paving the way for a successful future. Once again, thank you for your incredible support of our young people. We look forward to updating you on the continued progress of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in the weeks ahead!

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Thank you for your generous support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
Game Tech Update:
We are pleased to announce that in late March 2013, 6 more Clubs have been selected to run the Game Tech Program! The following Clubs will have this exciting program up and running in the coming months: Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria (BC); Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC (BC); Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton (ON); Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes (ON); Albion Neighborhood Services Boys and Girls Clubs (ON); Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club (ON).
Game Tech continues to be a great success in all of the participating Clubs and continues to be one of the most popular programs offered.  The members challenge each other to be even more creative, and are very enthusiastic to see everyone’s final results!
Your support of this program allows our young members to gain valuable skills they would not otherwise have learned – opening doors to new opportunities and experiences.
What's New at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada released the results of a unique, national youth opinion survey on Thursday, May 23, 2013 and launched The World According to Us, a platform where young Canadians can share their thoughts and voice their opinions about what matters to them.
For the 83% of Canadian youth who feel they can make a difference in the world and their communities, the survey revealed that the key driver of their confidence is the support and love of family, friends and adult members. The durvey, conducted by international research consultancy GlobeScan and shaped by young people themselves, found that adults - be they parents, family, teachers, mentors or role models - play a key role in helping youth feel confident and good about themselves.
For more exciting results and information on the survey, including the "World According to Us" platform, please visit
We look forward to updating you on the continued progress of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in the weeks ahead!
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