St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club was founded in 1949 and serves over 2000 members a year at our founding clubhouse plus 1000 more in 18 satellite sites including locations in three United Way identified priority neighbourhoods. Passionate, well trained staff and volunteers lead a diverse range of programs and services such as daycare, early years programs, after school programs, sports and recreation programs, youth leadership programs, summer camp, aquatic lessons, tutoring, mentoring, arts programs, employment readiness programs and more. At St. Alban’s, we strive to maintain and strengthen our core services to children and youth while growing to meet the varied and changing needs of our communities.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) is a leading provider of quality after school and out-of-school programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 200,000 young people and their families in Canada each year. We are one of the largest youth-serving agencies in Canada. Our association of over 100 Clubs located in 700 community service locations across Canada are in neighbourhoods where they are most needed including, large city centres, remote rural communities and First Nations Reserves. Nearly three million young Canadians have played, learned and developed essential life skills through our safe, caring Club environments and enriching programs.
Boys and Girls Clubs are concerned with the well-being of children and youth in Canada. Providing young people with access to structured, enriching recreational and social programs outside of school positively impacts their peer relationships, emotional health and academic performance. With over one million young people living in poverty, there is a need to level the playing field so that all children and youth have opportunities to develop to their fullest potential. Boys and Girls Clubs seek to address this need by offering fun, challenging experiences and opportunities that teach children and youth about the importance of healthy living, personal growth, learning, and community involvement. Young people come to the club to have fun and hang out, but end up doing so much more! Although we serve many young people who are considered “at risk”, in today’s world every child is potentially a child “at-risk” at some point during their childhood, particularly as they enter the teen years. Our club programs are relevant and accessible to all children and youth. We take a preventative approach to tackling a broad range of critical issues facing young people today, including health, education, youth employment, youth violence, substance abuse and youth sexuality.
Club Programs focus on four key areas essential to healthy child development
Physical Activity, Health and Safety
With child obesity reaching epidemic proportions, the need for physical recreation opportunities for children has never been greater. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada understands the critical role that physical recreation and nutrition play in the life-long health of Canadian boys and girls. Clubs encourage daily physical activity through a variety of programs, from team sports, ballet and karate, to rock climbing and outdoor adventure, as well as cooking classes, healthy lifestyle and nutrition education. Club programs also focus on other areas important to children’s safety and health such as substance abuse prevention, conflict resolution and more.
Leadership, Growth and Empowerment
Boys and Girls Clubs provide a place of belonging for young people to feel accepted and supported to develop and express themselves. Whether it be through music and the arts, outdoor adventures or community leadership, our clubs provide a wealth of opportunities and experiences that develop confidence and skills for life.
Learning and Career Development
For today’s children, a good education is critical to finding work, achieving financial security and being able to contribute to society as adults. Through access to computers and technology training, tutoring and academic support programs, and employment training, clubs give young people opportunities to strengthen and acquire new academic skills, test their abilities and enhance career readiness, as well as develop a thirst for life-long learning.
Boys and Girls Clubs work to establish programs that strengthen children, families and community. Family and parent support programs, meal programs for hungry children, emergency services to youth on the street and working with young offenders to get them back on the right track are just a few of the programs clubs provide in this area.