We are pleased to be partnering with Kids Now to offer many of our students the opportunity to work with a mentor that will help students discover who they are and what they can become. - Dr. Chris Spence, Director of Education for the TDSB.
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 13, 2012
Gang violence, peer pressure, cyber bullying are just a few issues plaguing kids today. Leading the reins on kids’ empowerment, Kids Now (http://www.kidsnowcanada.org) is celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, across their partnered communities and school boards (Greater Toronto Area, Fredericton, Saint John and Edmonton) by highlighting some of their top mentors’ successful impacts to youth, the community and themselves. Kids Now, a not-for-profit, helps students in grades seven and eight build important life success skills - communication, conflict resolution, relationship building and self-confidence - in order to help kids improve their school performance today and help them pave the way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.
National Volunteer Week recognizes individuals who devote time to giving back to others. This year, Kids Now has over 200 dedicated volunteer mentors and is still growing. In support of National Volunteer Week, Kids Now is inviting media to observe and participate in one of their dynamic mentor sessions so they can see first hand the difference the program makes not only in the kids but also in the lives of the mentors. As a Kids Now mentor you gain a multitude of skills including: enhanced interpersonal skills and an improved ability to communicate, understand peers, motivate others, and deal with difficult situations in a self-assured manner.
Another way for people to help support Kids Now is donating funds. Kids Now is making this step easier with their “text-to-donate” program. By texting ‘MENTOR’ to 45678, people are able to donate $5 directly to the cause. Visit http://www.kidsnowcanada.org to find out what programs are happening in your community!
The key to change is educating youth on how to make informed decisions. The catalyst for this change comes from the commitment of mentors. Research provided by Public/Private Ventra details that youth involved in mentoring programs are less likely to start using drugs (46%), alcohol (27%) or skip school (36%). Mentored kids can also show improved attitudes that are reflected in positive school grades and peer and family relationships. Each Kids Now program, matches one volunteer mentor with ten students in a free twelve-week after school on-site program.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Kids Now to offer many of our students the opportunity to work with a mentor that will help students discover who they are and what they can become,” says Dr. Chris Spence, Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board. “I know from personal experience the value of mentorship and I encourage students to get involved and let their journeys begin.”
In order to continually make a societal difference, Kids Now is increasing their volunteer base and hopes to branch out into new provinces and school boards to expand this national initiative. “The more volunteers in the program means more kids will be getting the support they need,” says President and Founder of Kids Now, Janet King. “And we are encouraging people to sign-up online at http://www.kidsnowcanada.org/volunteer_application to become a mentor.” All of the current mentors are drawn from the business community, university students and even former mentored students.
About Kids Now:
Kids Now is a charitable organization empowering grade seven and eight students through free, after-school group mentoring programs in communities across Canada. Since 1999, Kids Now volunteers have helped more than 11,000 youth believe in themselves and achieve their full potential. The Kids Now programs consist of 12-week programs that are geared towards building self-confidence, self-awareness, goal setting, conflict resolution, communication skills and stress management. Led by volunteer coach-mentors, many of whom are employed by leading companies, the Kids Now program features an educator-endorsed curriculum that includes educational games, activities and group discussions. To find out more about Kids Now go to http://www.kidsnowcanada.org.
Kids Now programs are located in:
ONTARIO: Metro Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Pickering, Whitby, Ajax, Mississauga, Brampton, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Hamilton, London, Newmarket, Aurora
NEW BRUNSWICK: Fredericton, Saint John
For more information, images or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Chrissy Newton, VOCAB Communications at Chrissy(at)vocabcommunications(dot)com or 416.705.9523 OR Jessica Glover, GLO Communications at Jessica(at)glocommunications(dot)ca or 416.892.4833