Back to school means back to Clubs—but this September will be like no other.
Physical distancing measures and isolation have left many children and youth in our country at risk of developing or experiencing worsening mental health problems, including trauma-related stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Reports of positive mental health have dropped by 20% among 15 – 24-year-olds. 68% of young people who previously sought mental health support are now experiencing significant challenges.
As the 200,000 kids and teens we support at 775 locations across Canada head back to school this September, your generosity will allow our Clubs to continue providing safe places, programs tailored to community need, and healthy, empowering relationships that will help young people adjust to this new reality.
Attending a Boys and Girls Club makes a difference. A recent study at a Boys and Girls Club shows that young people who participate in Club programs struggle less with academics and are more engaged in learning. They avoid risky health behaviours. They have less interaction with the justice system. They have better social outcomes.
Your donation will bring us closer to our goal of helping every young person access what they need to succeed.
In addition to donating online, you can also support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada through our amazing corporate partner initiatives.
From July 27 to August 10, support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and This Way Ahead, our national youth employment program, by making a donation at your local Old Navy store or online.
From August 2 – 31, visit any Michaels store to purchase select school supplies that will be donated to the local Boys and Girls Club in your community.
For the month of August, support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada by donating to the Kids Drive Program at your local Mr. Lube store.