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Youth Development



Sears Youth Development initiatives provide funding to quality, supervised after-school programs that inspire young Canadians to believe in themselves so they can grow up to be healthy, confident adults. By investing in our young people today, we'll be making our communities better for the future. Through the years, we have supported leading programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Canadian 4-H Council, Scouts Canada, Girl Guides of Canada, Sears


The need for quality childcare outside the school day continues to be a major concern for Canadian families. Did you know?...


  • Two-thirds of Canadian children are not sufficiently active for optimal physical and mental development. Recreation and physical activity are proven to reduce depression, stress, loneliness and self-destructive behaviour and crime in youth.

  • Recent studies have shown that youth who are not involved in after-school programs are almost 50% more likely to use drugs and one-third more likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy as a teen.

  • Children from low-income families are three times less likely to participate in extracurricular learning opportunities than children from high-income families due to cost barriers.

We also respond to specific community needs through our nationwide network of stores and support facilities.


Sears Canada is a company that cares. We go beyond the traditional chequebook when it comes to helping our communities and Canada's youth.


For specific information about Sears In Your Community, please contact your local Sears store.


Sears In Your Community After-School Programming initiatives support partners such as:


  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
    Working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to expand and enrich after school programming for young people across Canada.


  • Sears Drama Festival®
    More than 10,000 students and teachers from more than 400 secondary schools, throughout Ontario, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada respectively, participate each year in one of the largest student drama festivals in the world-the Sears Drama Festival!


  • Canadian 4- H Council
    For over 50 years, Sears Canada has been a proud sponsor of the Canadian 4-H Council. The 4-H Council administers a variety of programs which are designed to encourage the growth and development of Canada's rural-based youth.


  • Sears Canadian High School Design Competition
    Sears backs the Design Exchange's educational mission with our strong support of the annual Sears Canadian High School Design Competition. This national annual competition brings design into high school classrooms and challenges students to re-examine their worlds, and through a clear process of design, endeavor to make them better. This exercise helps to deliver the message that design touches everything.


  • Scouts Canada
    Sears is proud to sponsor Scouts Canada's SCOUTSabout program. SCOUTSabout is everything Scouting knows about programming for children ages 5-10, but packaged differently. Offered in 3-month modules, SCOUTS about is run after-school in schools or community centres, or sometimes during school breaks and summer vacation. SCOUTSabout is of particular application in urban centres and rural areas with children in non-tradtional family settings. Sears also supports the Scouts nationwide eco-friendly tree-planting program Scoutrees, through in-store events each spring.


  • Girl Guides of Canada
    Sears is a proud supporter of the Girl Guides of Canada and their development of young women and youth through its New Units Initiative, which brings Guiding and its benefits to new areas across Canada each year. Guiding today is a unique blend of the old and the new. It's fun, active and relevant. It addresses the pressures that modern girls face by teaching them exciting skills in a safe environment.


  • Sears Operation Wish Bringing Military Families Together over the Holiday Season
    Sears launched Operation Wish in 2006 in coordination with the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS). The program allows Canadian troops stationed abroad to place online orders for their loved ones from the Sears Wish Book® catalogue and sears.ca. Copies of the catalogue are sent to Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel posted to operational missions overseas, including Afghanistan where Canada has its largest contingency of troops stationed outside of their home bases. Each Holiday season, in cooperation with the CFPFSS and the Military Family Resource Centres, Sears also hosts in-store events in areas with military bases to show and send family messages of support to service people deployed overseas.


  • Local Community Charity Partners
    In addition, each Sears retail store is partnered with a local charity group for in-store fund-raising events such as our Collectible Plush sales and popular "Round Up Your Bill" days.



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