Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable children, youth and their families by providing safe places and offering services and programs designed to meet the evolving needs of our community. We work hard to counter community issues such as youth homelessness, hunger in schools, discrimination and intergenerational trauma. Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary wants to provide programs that directly focus on community issues to help our children and families get the support they need.
Success can be measured in a number of ways but at Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary every child, youth or parent we help is a great success to us.
In Calgary on any given night, over 300 youth are experiencing homelessness.
Indigenous people have experienced a different history than mainstream Canada, the full scope of which is frequently overlooked or poorly understood by service providers or agencies.
Hunger in Schools
Food insecurity continues to be a significant problem in Canada where one in six children go hungry. Food insecurity exists when families cannot afford to buy the proper variety and quantity of nutritious food.
Especially during or in the aftermath of a recession, finding employment for youth can be a challenge. Studies show that graduates with work experience are more likely to get employed compared to those that don’t.
High School Completion Rate
In Calgary, 3000 youth do not complete high school on time each year. Our Education programs are guided by 3 principles: Keep youth in school, bring youth back to school and connect youth to future possibilities.
Exploitation & Vulnerable Youth
An estimated 63% of female youth living on the streets have been asked to participate in prostitution. In Alberta, the Child Welfare legislation was amended in 1997 to classify the hiring of prostitutes under the age of 18 as child abuse.
Kids Home Alone
In Calgary, it is estimated that children and youth spend only 60% of their waking hours at school or doing homework, eating, sleeping and attending to personal care needs. This leaves kids with a great deal of discretionary time each week. What happens to children and youth during these “free” or “leisure” hours plays a critical role in their health, learning and development.
Early Education & Prevention
Research suggests that early childhood education and care provides children with fundamental foundations for future learning by fostering the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills.