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Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Sears is a proud supporter for over 45 years of Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada (BGCC), Canada’s leading provider of quality after school programs thatsupport the healthy physical, educational, social and mental development of Canadian children and youth. Sears shares Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’sphilosophy that providing all Canadian children and youth with access toopportunity is essential to helping them achieve their full potential andcreate a better future for themselves and Canadian society.
Boys and Girls Clubs provide a critical support to families in communities across Canada, acting as a bridge between home and school, where over 200,000young people annually find safe, fun, constructive environments in which to play, learn and grow into healthy, self-reliant, contributing adults. Boys and Girls Clubs have benefited the lives of five generations of young Canadians byproviding opportunities for skills development, leadership and personal achievement.
By providing support to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and its Clubs across thecountry through a variety of associate and customer support driven initiatives,Sears is investing in the future of Canadian youth. Sears provides funding to Sears After School Enhancement grants, which help Clubs offer quality afterschool programs in their communities, to After School With…, an initiative that gives kids inspiration for their future through direct access to high profile Canadians, and it sponsors BGCC’s National Conference.
BGCC Anti-Bullying Resources Available
Bullying is a major concern for parents, caregivers, Club staff, teachers and communities across Canada. BGCC has developed resources for BGC Clubs that provide insights and information on how to recognize bullying and how to prevent it. Bullying: What you should know, what you can do is a resource pamphlet developed with the assistance of Sears Canada. This pamphlet contains tips for adults to help young people find the protection, assistance and support they need when faced with a bullying situation.
Learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, locate a Club in your area ordownload, When the School Bell Rings, a resource guide for parents to help them choose the best after school option for their children, supported by Sears, at: www.bgccan.com.
Use Your Sears Club Points to Help Enrich the Lives of Young Canadians
As a Sears Club member, you're already aware that your points can be converted for Sears Club certificates for Sears merchandise or travel. But can also useyour points to help improve the lives of kids in communities across Canada.
Here's how the program works:
- Every time you use your Sears Card you earn valuable Sears Club points.
- Once you've accumulated a minimum of 1,000 Sears Club points, as an option, you can donate them to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada as part of our Sears In Your Community initiatives.
- Sears will match your contribution and convert the points to cash - up to a national maximum of $30,000 annually for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
These funds are then distributed to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada so they can continue to provide safe, enriching after school programs for children and youth in local communities across Canada.You'll get a tax receipt for your contribution (based on the cash value in 1,000 point increments) from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
All you have to do is call 1-800-265-3675 to have your points transferred to Sears In Your Community, and we'll take care of the rest. Your contributions will help ensure that kids have somewhere to go after school and that they have access to safe, fun, quality programs that enrich their lives.
For more information:
- Sears Club 1-800-265-3675
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (telephone) 905-477-7272 or (website) www.bgccan.com
Parents' Resource Guide
If you've ever struggled with how to manage the after school hours, you're not alone! Over a million families in Canada have children in the 6-12 age group. And most of us are working and not around when that school bell rings.
It's an age old challenge to not only fill this time, but to find options that help our children get the most out of these hours. The good news is there are lots of simple ways to make the time constructive and safe for your child. And that's what this guide is all about.
Over the past 100 years of providing after school programs and services to young Canadians, Boys and Girls Clubs have learned a thing or two about how to best manage the after school hours.
The following information offers some sound advice to help you choose the best option for your child.
Excellence in Action: A Guide to Best Practices in After-School Programs
Sears also supported the development and distribution of Excellence in Action: A Guide to Best Practices in After-School Programs. This manual provides program information and tips for professional program facilitators and is available to youth-serving organizations across Canada.
Canadian Parent Survey
In 2001, Sears partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to survey over 500 parents with children aged 6-14 from across Canada to find out what their main concerns were regarding their children. The survey found that for 65% of parents safety was their number one concern, followed by worries about their children's exposure to youth violence, criminal activity, and drugs and alcohol. In families where both parents work full-time, concern for their children's safety rose to 76%. What are their children doing during the after-school hours - the transition period between the time school ends and the time they get home from work? Are their children in a safe place? Are they doing something positive and productive? Who are they spending time with? Are they being supervised? In this community consultation process, our customers told us where they thought we should focus our community investment efforts.
For more information:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (telephone) 905-477-7272 or (website) http://www.bgccan.com.