Government & Community Partners
Boys and Girls Clubs Canada benefits from valued government and community foundation partnerships, and works collaboratively with a number of non-profit organizations to fulfill its mission to children and youth.
ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada)
Skilled4Success: Skilled Trades and Career Program
Skilled4Success is a pre-employment program designed to provide youth age 13-18 with an understanding of workplace and employer expectations, job search techniques, and career options. In addition to interactive pre-employment group activities, the program also contains a job shadowing component. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Career Focus – Awareness Program.
PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Kid Food Nation
Kid Food Nation is a national food skills initiative designed for kids aged 7-12 that aims to improve food skills and support healthy eating habits. The program empowers and educates kids, parents, and families to plan, prepare, and cook healthy meals and snacks.
Trauma-informed Sports Program
This program is a sports program for 8-12 year olds that takes the best part of sport (e.g. drills, fun competition, leagues, tournaments) and the power of being part of a team to equip kids to better handle the ups and downs of life. This program is designed around what is commonly described as a “trauma-informed practice” which takes the most cutting edge and effective approaches from both the clinical and academic realms of childhood trauma and healing and adapts these approaches to fit into Boys and Girls Club organizations and culture.
In conjunction with Edgework Consulting, a leader in the field of out-of-school and sports-based trauma-informed programming, the program will be piloted at three Clubs—St. Alban’s, Kawartha Lakes and Okanagan—and then rolled out nationally.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Support from Human Resource and Skills Development Canada provides core funding to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to help:
Serve additional children and, youth in more communities.
Enhance the capacity of Boys and Girls Clubs to provide quality programs.
Ensure accountability and provide support to all Boys and Girls Clubs so they can deliver on the organization’s mission.
Participate in and learn from research in order to deliver the most relevant programs to children youth and their families.
Democracy Week in Canada and BGCC have partnered with Elections Canada on a youth democracy module for Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada. Youth, Democratic Practice and Active Citizenship is a Keystone Club Leadership tool that aims to empower youth with civic education skills and knowledge so they can exercise their right to participate as informed citizens in Canada’s decision-making systems. The module explains how democracy works in Canada and how young people can express their ideas and make a difference for the future.
Through support from Justice Canada in 2010, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada was able to bring together Clubs from across Canada to a common forum to help collaborate on solutions for gang violence in Canada. Some outcomes of the forum were (1) sharing existing expertise, experience and tools, (2) learning from colleagues who have implemented successful approaches and (3) transferring existing tools for possible adaptation and utilization.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has received funding from Service Canada as part of the Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Canada Summer Jobs is a Service Canada program that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for youth. It is designed to focus on local priorities while helping both youth and their communities.
Alberta Culture and Tourism Department
The Recreation and Physical Activity Division of the Alberta Culture and Tourism Department provides funding support which is essential to enable the Boys & Girls Club of Alberta to build capacity within the Clubs we serve, provide training to staff and board members, offer youth leadership programming and retreats, engage in public consultations to elevate the voice of the members we serve, oversee administration duties of the society as well as seek partnerships that align with our work. They also provide office space in their J. Percy Page Centre (Edmonton) for use by BGCC – Western Region and generously supported the 2010 BGCC National Conference in Calgary.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia in order to deliver Club and community development services throughout BC.
Ministry of Children and Family Development
The Ministry of Children and Family Development supports Parenting Programs offered throughout British Columbia. Programs include Parents Together, Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parents in the Know. These programs, developed by Boys and Girls Clubs and offered by Clubs and other organizations, are educational and offered in a supportive group environment. Program participants learn effective strategies to improve relationships, develop positive communication skills and learn about adolescent development, as well as the importance of self-care.
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
BGCC – Newfoundland and Labrador Region receives a provincial grant from the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment to support the ongoing work of Boys and Girls Clubs in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This contribution goes towards providing programming to children and youth, such as: recreation and wellness, training and team building, leadership opportunities for girls, and help in pursing post-secondary school opportunities.
Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport
The Youth ABC’s Initiative, devised by the Ontario Youth Council and generously supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, seeks to engage youth and provide them with the knowledge, skills and inspiration to make positive changes in their own lives, and become more actively engaged in their Clubs, neighborhoods and communities. Youth participating in the initiative become better informed about key issues, develop valuable training and facilitation skills, learn how to become positive agents of change, and have fun while interacting with their peers.
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation provides BGCC – Central Region with the ability to expand leadership roles of youth and increase sustainability of the Central region youth programs. BGCC – Central Region provides opportunities for five-hundred youth from culturally diverse communities to acquire the knowledge, skills and inspiration to make positive changes in their own lives and become more engaged in their Clubs and communities.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation
Each year the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation
provides support to Clubs that enables them to offer enhanced programs and safe, well-equipped club environments to young people. The Foundation also provides funding to the National and Regional Offices on an annual application basis, which contributes to the expansion of support services and the creation of new opportunities for Clubs and the children and youth they serve.
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
The McConnell Foundation grew out of John McConnell’s lifelong involvement in not-for-profit and charitable works. Mr. McConnell was a man deeply committed to the public good. In 1985, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation made a generous $1.5 million gift to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Endowment Fund, thereby creating the McConnell Trust Fund.
To date, the Fund has distributed over $2.6 million to Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada, supporting the urgent capital and equipment priorities of Boys and Girls Clubs across the country.
The R. Howard Webster Foundation
The R. Howard Webster Foundation has been a major annual supporter of Boys and Girls Clubs for 37 years. In 1998, the Foundation made an unprecedented four-year commitment in support of the goals set by The National Agenda - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's strategic plan - to increase opportunities for young Canadians.
In 2002, the Foundation again expanded its commitment over the next five years with a $2.5 million gift. This tremendous contribution has provided support to BGCC and to the development of innovative programs for young people.
In 2015 the Foundation also granted money towards Les Repaires jeunesse du Canada’s growth and development plan in Quebec.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada are Working Together to help enhance programs and resources for children and youth in local communities and ensure the sustainability of local organizations. Visit the Working Together website to learn how you can establish Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club agencies in your community.
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity), are collaborating to promote recreational physical activity for girls and young women. Through this partnership, Boys and Girls Clubs have access to CAAWS resources and opportunities for staff training to enhance the development of successful strategies and approaches for engaging girls and young women in recreational activity.
Concerned Children’s Advertisers
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is working in partnership with Concerned Children's Advertisers (CCA) on a CCA initiative called Long Live Kids. Long Live Kids aims to encourage children to eat well, move more and become media wise”, through a bilingual television social marketing campaign and education program. The awareness program will be delivered to children via television ads, local Boys and Girls Clubs, schools and other community organizations across Canada.
Kiwanis International and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada work together to foster development between Clubs in the communities in which they serve. Boys and Girls Clubs in Hamilton, Ottawa and Winnipeg are currently active Kiwanis members, with other Boys and Girls Clubs across the country engaging Kiwanis representatives in programming and board leadership roles. Reach out to your local Kiwanis Club to find out how communities can work together to support young people.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada supports the research and goals of PREVNet, an organization dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of promoting healthy relationships and ending bullying and violence.
The Sandbox Project
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is working with parents, business, health industry leaders, governments and other non-governmental organizations under the umbrella of The Sandbox Project to make Canada the healthiest place on earth for kids to grow up.