Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet, Ontario- Port Colborne

Community Living’s goal is to offer free after school programs to youth in Port Colborne by offering a 2 night per week Kids Club.  Children from at risk neighbourhoods, in foster care, being raised by grandparents, and those from families of low socio-economic status will be invited to attend.  Due to lack of public transportation in the area in the evenings, children will be picked up from their homes and driven to the centre and returned home. The children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities such as climbing, basketball, volleyball and many sensory stimulation toys and equipment will be available for children with special needs. The community kitchen will provide the opportunity for participants to get involved in making nutritious snacks.  The goal is for 40 children ages 6 to 12 to participate for the 30 week program.

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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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