To provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
The Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa has served the Ottawa community for 85 years, reaching out to 4,500 children and youth each year through after-school, weekend and summer programs that build self-esteem and help to develop stronger social skills.
After-school and weekend hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow, through quality after-school programs, or a time of risk to youth's health and safety.
The after-school hours are the peak time for juvenile crime and risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug use. Experts agree that after-school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative. These programs keep kids safe, improve academic achievement and help relieve the stresses on today's working families. They can serve as important youth violence prevention and intervention strategies.
Top Club facts:
Leader in After-School Programs
4 facilities and 7 program locations
4,500 Kids (aged 6-18)
Trained Youth Workers
Barrier-Free Access - $ 25/year Membership (if able to pay)
85 years of service in Ottawa
$55,000 in Academic Scholarships per Year
We help kids to believe and achieve
Charitable Registration # 118814565 RR0001
Quick Facts to Consider:
Youth who are not involved in after-school programs are 50% more likely to use drugs and 33% more likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy as a teen. (safeyouth.net)