Who Are We?
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area
The Boys and Girls Club offers daily programming that provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life. We deliver recreational and educational programs that encompass diverse areas of science, arts and crafts, food and nutrition, sports, technology, and music. After all, it is through diverse experiences that child and youth minds grow and develop different abilities. Our programs are as broad as children’s imagination, so they expand their horizons, while as specific as children’s life stages, so age-appropriate activities fully develop fundamental skills. Our structured, supervised, and nurturing programs have positive and lifelong effects on the physical and emotional well-being and educational engagement of children and youth.
Pathways to Education
Pathways to Education, a program of Kingston Community Health Centres, is a unique community-based program designed to increase high school graduation rates in Rideau Heights and Inner Harbour neighbourhoods in Kingston. The program offers tutoring, mentoring, financial support, and advocacy to support high school students to successfully transition to post-secondary education, training or meaningful employment. Through the collective power of partnerships, Pathways to Education’s innovative program is preparing youth for tomorrow and working to break cycles of poverty. The Pathways to Education program has worked with over 900 students in Kingston since 2010.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of KFL&A
We create life-changing individual and group mentoring relationships for children and youth that face adversities in life. Adversities can include exposure to abuse, neglect, violence, poverty, or crime in the home or the community, identity challenges, or mental health issues, among other struggles. The exposure to persistent toxic stress has harmful effects for young people’s developing brains and bodies, leading to developmental delays and higher risk of developing unsafe behaviors. Years of science have proven that a supportive and consistent adult is the best way to buffer these negative physical and mental health outcomes later in life. When we pair children and youth in our community with caring adult mentors, young ones develop a range of social and emotional skills that fosters school connectedness and career readiness. Connection with positive role models leads young people to embrace healthy life practices, develop mental wellness, and feel prepared for their academic, professional, and adult lives.
Charitable Organization Number – 14052 6369 RR0001