For more than 100 years, Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across Canada have been helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their best potential as they grow to become Canada's future adults, citizens and leaders.
We are one of the largest youth-serving agencies in Canada. Our association of over 100 Clubs located in 650 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.
Locally, the Boys and Girls Club of York Region (BGCYR) has been operating for more than 20 years providing evidence based programs that significantly impact the lives and potential of all participating young people. Our programs are designed for youth to experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Our participants are our members; our curriculum is designed around their needs and our commitment to build strong skills and assets.
Belonging to a Boys and Girls Club is often a life-changing experience. Children can build healthy, supportive relationships with caring adult role models, which in turn can positively influence the life path they choose. Clubs also encourage healthy, respectful relationships with peers and family members.
Clubs provide families with regularly available, structured, supervised services. Programs are offered primarily during the after-school hours when studies have shown that young people are most vulnerable to victimization and being drawn into anti-social behaviours. Many Clubs also offer programs during evenings and weekends.
Many Clubs provide meals, family support programs, emergency shelter and other supports to children, youth and families in need. Club fees are affordable and are subsidized or waived for families in need.
Clubs help prepare children and youth for life by helping them to discover and develop their abilities and skills, building confidence and competence.
Club staff also builds self-esteem in kids by empowering youth to help shape programs and share their ideas. Through these opportunities, youth are given the chance to develop life and leadership skills and learn how to contribute to Clubs and their communities.
All BGCYR programming is intentional, deliberate and grounded in the latest research to foster the social, emotional and physical development of all club members.