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Sep13

IMPACT SERIES: This Agency Creates a Safe Space for Children and Youth

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IMPACT SERIES: This Agency Creates a Safe Space for Children and Youth

They’ve been around since 1983, and they change the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families from low-income communities. They serve over 1,200 children and youth in after-school and summer programs. And over 250 families benefit from their services.

Drumroll for this incredible agency!

It’s Boys and Girls Club of Peel!

Here’s what their program director, Abby da Silva, has to tell you about their United Way-funded programs:

“Programming includes summer activity centres, homework support programs, physical literacy and healthy choices and youth leadership and development. Many of the youth have been members since they were just four years old!

As children and youth grow up attending programs, many become volunteers and mentors to younger children. Youth receive training and guidance to become leaders within their community. Youth leaders have the opportunity to attend provincial and national youth conferences through Boys and Girls Club of Canada.  Currently, five youth have been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Canada Provincial Youth Council Youth in office – youth mentoring MP’s in office in Ottawa for a day.  Many of the youth did not understand Canadian politics.  This provided an opportunity for them to be mentored, and learn about Canada and civic involvement.

Our agency works on an outreach basis in a number of communities within Peel.  Most programs operate within the community spaces of apartment buildings. BGCP programs and team members become a part of the neighbourhood.  The longevity of the relationships allows us to see families, children and youth grow and develop their skills.  It enables us to witness many of the youth become successful in pursuing their dreams.

The United Way of Peel funds our Centres program and Connections program.

The Centres program provides community-based activities for children and youth. The programs are located in communities that have been identified as having above average concentrations of children, youth, and families at risk.  Core program areas include activities related to physical health, leadership growth and empowerment, health and safety, learning and career development, families and communities, academic support, and youth employment.

The Connections program has two components. Social recreational services are provided to children and youth whose families are accessing transitional housing services at Angela's Place. The program is offered on site during the summer months and March Break.  The second component of the Connections program is the support of families in need during the holiday season. Holiday Hampers are prepared and delivered. The hampers have a combination of gifts for children and food for the family.

Right from the beginning United Way of Peel has been a tremendous supporter and advocate to and for the Boys and Girls Club of Peel.  The support provided extends far beyond the relationship as a funder providing leadership, education, partnerships and in kind donations. It’s because of our relationship with the United Way of Peel we are able to provide the life changing services we do throughout the Region.”

When you give to United Way, you allow Boy and Girls Club of Peel to run their programs across the community!

Register for our Campaign Kick-off on September 15 here.

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