We help children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful and active participants in society. Here are some of our accomplishments:
Our core values:
Testimonial for Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane – from Excel Homes:
“The Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and area plays a vital role in helping to build a strong and healthy community. The Club provides the opportunity and resources for our youth to make positive choices in their lives and become role models for others. When the Club showed us how much they do already from their cramped and tiny kitchen and how much more they could do with a new kitchen, we were excited to get involved. It’s our opportunity to make a lasting contribution”.
– Jeff Smyth, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Financial Officer at Excel Homes.
At the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area, children and youth have a safe place to come, meet new friends, have new experiences and develop confidence and skills for life. In addition to the two club locations in Cochrane, programming is also extended into the community through in school programs in Bearspaw, Bragg Creek, Cochrane, Morley, Springbank and Westbrook.
Our core programming focuses on four areas:
To learn more about our programs, please click the following link for further details and information: Boys & Girls of Cochrane Programs. To understand our impact, click on this link: Boys & Girls Club of Canada – testimonials.Being involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area is a meaningful and enriching experience; knowing that you can have direct impact on setting children and youth up for success and supporting families across the community. Here’s what you can do:
What’s on our horizon?
The Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area has initiated a community program for homeless and vulnerable youth in Cochrane termed “Safe Couch Program.” Youth homelessness is generally a hidden issue in Cochrane as these youth tend to “couch surf” or stay with friends for short periods of time, with an estimated 25 youth homeless in Cochrane on any given day.
Our Safe Couch Program is modelled closely after a program in Victoria, BC that has been active for over 20 years. Families with an extra bedroom are contracted to provide shelter to youth in their homes for various lengths of time. Safe Couch families are provided funding to defer the costs of having a youth stay in their home, as well as a respite worker or a respite home when breaks or holidays are needed. Each Safe Couch family will provide meals, a safe and healthy place to live and help guide the self-directed path of each youth with the support of community resources.
During this time of stability, each youth will work with the Youth Housing Liaison and community agencies on a self-directed plan. This plan is youth driven and may include any of the following: family re-integration, completing school, full or part-time employment, drug and alcohol counselling, mental health support, communication skills or career readiness.
The program is currently funded by the Government of Canada Homelessness Parterning Strategy and by Alberta Human Services. This funding supports one operating Safe Couch family and the ability to support respite care for this family. You can help support additional homeless or vulnerable youth through donations or by becoming a Safe Couch family. For more information or to be involved please contact David Smith,Youth Housing Liaison.