Youth participate in after school programs

7 things you didn’t know about Calgary AfterSchool

Youth participate in after school programs

Today is National Child Day, but this year November 20 also marks the release of the four-year evaluation report from Calgary AfterSchool. This initiative provides programming for children and youth between the critical hours of 3 and 6 pm, giving them a place to go and something to do after school and before their parents are home.

Kids play basketball in an after school programTo mark the release, here are 7 facts you may not have known about Calgary AfterSchool:

  1. Calgary AfterSchool is a partnership between The City of Calgary’s Community & Neighbourhood Services and Recreation and United Way’s UpStart initiative.
  2. It was started in 2009.
  3. Calgary AfterSchool has provided over 100 high-quality programs each year for the past four years. Over that time, over 16,700 children and youth were served and participated in programs.
  4. A girl makes crafts in an after school program65% of children and 58% of youth participating in Calgary AfterSchool had not been involved in after school programming before.
  5. One-third of Calgary AfterSchool participants were born in countries other than Canada. Of those not born in Canada, 30% had been here for less than two years.
  6. The proportion of programs offered in partnership with at least one other partner increased over four years, from about 5% in 2009-10 to 52% in 2012-2013.
  7. 53% of children and 48% of youth showed improved self-esteem thanks to involvement with programs. 55% of children also showed improved sense of belonging.

For more information or to read the evaluation, visit United Way’s website.