Okanagan Boys & Girls Club, British Columbia- Vernon
Alexis Park Elementary School approached the Okanagan Boys & Girls (OBGC) Vernon Club about the potential to run an after school program for students aged 10 – 12 who are often left unsupervised during the after school time period. Children of this age range who are wandering about unsupervised are at risk of engaging in dangerous, unhealthy behaviours and require programs and activities that give them a place to belong with positive adult role models.
Most children at the school do not participate in active recreation outside of school due to lack of financial and transportation resources. Many families in the school area live in subsidized housing, with 55% of the students supported with school based meal programs.
GoodLife Kids Foundation grant funds are being used to support a new partnership between OBGC Vernon Club and Alexis Park Elementary School, in the form of an after school recreation program for 20 children. The program will operate out of the school gym giving children a safe place to go, grow and belong, while they embrace a life-long interest in participating in physical activity and healthy nutrition.