Changing lives of young people since 1983, the BGC Peel engages at-risk children and youth from low-income communities. We provide a safe place for these young people to participate in impactful, fun activities that support the development of confidence, learning and positive relationships. Over 75% of our families have a household income of less than $26,000 per year, living well below the Canadian poverty line. Many of these households have two working parents or a single parent provider leaving children and youth unattended for hours after school.
Studies show that juvenile crime increases dramatically between 3pm to 8pm. This situation, coupled with high poverty, creates an unhealthy and high-risk environment for children and youth. Left unattended, these children and youth are regularly faced with options that too often have negative lifelong implications. The BGC Peel provides these children and youth a safer and healthier option.
Parents tell us that as a result of their children being in our program, they have witnessed increased self–confidence and self-esteem, increased academic confidence and a sense of belonging.
"I am the oldest of three siblings and was raised in a single-parent household. Being the oldest, I faced a lot of challenges. College wasn't something I planned on. Through the Club's scholarship opportunities I received a scholarship to attend college and help with school supplies. I am the first in my family to pursue post secondary school. "
- 17 year old participant
"As for my oldest I watch him transition from the shy reserve kid to this well rounded and responsible teenager... so much so that he is now a leader in the after school program... he has learned to be organized and his self-confidence has improved not only at the program but also in his everyday life and school."
- Mother of a participant
“The impact that BGC Peel Family Program for me and my family has brought us closer together and given us a sense of hope for the future. Bringing my family together in a positive way while providing us the opportunity to participate in events and trips that we would not otherwise be able not otherwise be able to afford. Some of my favorite memories are when we went apple picking and the following week we made pies, cooking program, the holiday hamper that supported us at Christmas and so much more. Because of the BGC Peel Family Program, I have learned is patience and compassion, while learning to be more gracious and caring towards others, outside my family.”
Sabrina – Parent of BGC Peel Family Program
“We greatly appreciate your kindness during the Holiday Hamper for the Christmas donation. We are grateful for the time and effort put in to ensure we would have an extra special and very Merry Christmas. We pray that your cupboards and fridge will always be full and your hearts filled with joy, just like ours were during the holiday season. For the first time in a long time we had a turkey for Christmas dinner. This meant the world to us that we are able to sit down at the table and have a true Christmas dinner. I were also buy another pair of shoes for my daughter.”
Lorene – Parent of BGC Peel Family Program
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