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Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

We are committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable children, youth and their families by providing safe places and offering services and programs designed to meet the evolving needs of our community. We want our kids to develop confidence, gain skills, and experience success so that they can reach their best potential in life.

Our Story

Why We Exist

“Growing up, I never dreamed about my future. Since finding Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, I finally have a dream for myself and my son.”

At the young age of two, Chantal was introduced into the foster care system. She had no relationships with her family and later learned her biological mother had passed away. Moving from place to place, from group homes and shelters, Chantal never knew the true meaning of “home.”

By 16, Chantal was living on the streets. She had exhausted all of her supports and now had nowhere to go and no one to turn to. In an effort to numb the pain, she fell into substance abuse and became entangled in criminal behavior. When she became the victim in an abusive relationship, Chantal continued to hold on, longing for connection of any kind regardless of how dangerous her situation had become.

“When I was living on the streets, I never thought of the future. I just thought of the day ahead and how I was going to survive.”

Luckily, Chantal’s story doesn’t end there.

Chantal found Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Home Fire program in the summer of 2015. Home Fire works with youth so they can begin to heal, build community and reconnect with their Indigenous culture and natural supports. Being part of the 4Rs Youth Movement help us engage youth in critical cross-cultural dialogue that furthers reconciliation.

The staff at Home Fire connected Chantal with resources to help her overcome her addictions and seek advice for her legal issues. She started to create positive relationships with staff, plan out goals for her future and dream of what could be.

Chantal now has a 16 month old son and has made significant changes in her life. As a single mother, Chantal is now maintaining housing for her family while she navigates through parenting. Her goal is to make positive changes and to “give her son a life she never had.” She still accesses the Home Fire program and is grateful for staff like Kim, who continue to help and support her as she continues to set goals for herself and start making her dreams become reality.

Kim, Chantal’s Home Fire coordinator, is immensely proud of the growth she has seen in Chantal.

“It has been an honour to walk alongside Chantal over the last two and a half years,” Kim says. “She has shown me what a true picture of resilience looks like. I am excited to see how Chantel continues to make positive changes in her life, continue on her healing journey and be the best mom to her son.”

 

Our Impact

What We Do

Every single kid needs hope for what the future holds…

Since 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary has carried on a tradition of helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as adults, citizens and leaders by engaging them in activities that challenge and enrich their minds, bodies and spirits and nurture their self-esteem. Our safe, caring Club environments and enriching programs have enabled thousands of young Calgarians to play, learn and develop valuable skills for life.

Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is a leading provider of quality programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of young people and their families.

2018 Highlights:

In 2018, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary served 4,500 unique children, youth and families.

  • 242 youth received support in building employment skills
  • 361 jobs provided for youth by employment programs
  • 86% of young people working with an All in for Youth Success Coach have graduated or are registered for school next year.
  • 81% of youth ended their experience of homelessness through shelter and housing supports
  • 95% of kids at Clubs had improved social/emotional skills
  • 220 kids got an early start in life through our preschool programs
  • 88% of youth positively connected to the indigenous community through Iiyika’kimmat
  • 315 new Canadian youth received settlement coaching supports
  • 58 indigenous parents engaged to support their child’s success in school; 100% increased their knowledge of the school system.

 

Our Programs

How We Do It

Our organization offers more than 35 programs that were created to address the continuously evolving needs within our community. For the past 80 years, we have been working to fulfill our promise of making sure every child in every corner of this city has the same opportunity to live a remarkable life.

We meet kids when and where they need us most

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary works for positive change in the city by improving the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families in five areas:

From our two preschools in low-income communities to shelters for homeless youth and to vital support programs in the community, our services recognize and respond to the emerging needs of kids and families; particularly those most affected by complex social and economic issues.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is active in all quadrants of our great city.

Supporting thousands of unique children, youth and families is no easy feat. We could not do this important work without the support of our donors. Calgary is strong and together we are stronger.

Your support helps improve lives right here in your community. Your donation funds community-wide programs, promotes long-term planning initiatives and mobilizes others in our community. By giving back to your community, you can help make Calgary a truly great city for everyone.

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Anita Hofer

Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations

403-470-7307

Charitable Number: 106804669RR0001

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