help kids by supporting Moorelands after school programs

How You Can Help Kids By Supporting Moorelands After-school Programs

After-school Program = Setting Kids Up For Success

Read on to learn what can be achieved this fall at Moorelands After-school programs with your help!

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Improved Academic Results

Kids from low-income neighbourhoods are falling behind their middle-class peers – reports confirm economic disparities result in academic disparities. At BLAST after-school program, super fun activities teach kids, grades 1-6, vital skills needed to succeed in school… PLUS we offer homework help every day. Amira, a BLAST parent told us: “The wide-ranging activities kids do help them learn and understand different things. That includes science, arts and crafts and reading.”

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Benefits to Mental Health

Kids affected by poverty are 3X more likely to experience isolation and depression. 78% of Youth LED after-school program kids, grades 7 and 8, told us that Youth LED helped them feel safer, more confident and make new friends.  Maia, told us: “Moorelands has taught me about being safe and being confident and trying my best.”

 

VITAL at BLAST-A-THON

Reduced Behaviour Issues

Kids growing up in poverty are more likely to engage in/are at-risk of delinquent behaviours. You can affect these behaviours by supporting any Moorelands after-school program. All Moorelands kids and youth develop leadership skills Daveed, age 15 and enrolled in VITAL, told us: “Something I learned that will help me outside of Moorelands is being respectful. Even if someone is mean to someone else, I now have ways to diffuse the situation and get them to stop.”

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Healthier, More Active Kids

There’s a direct correlation between neighbourhood income and kids being at risk of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. 94% of parents reported that they felt the BLAST program encouraged their child to be more active. Rupal, a BLAST parent told us: “Now my kids are more self-confident and more active… It’s safe, affordable and fun!”

 

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A Safe Space to Learn & Grow

Toronto is ‘Canada’s child poverty capital.’ Many working parents cannot afford childcare after school. All spots at Moorelands After-school programs are subsidized and geared to income. Leisha, a BLAST parent, told us: “The program helps me to make my crazy schedule easier. Being a full-time working mom I do appreciate all your help. Knowing Moorelands is there for my kids to ensure their safety and encourage them to be better kids – it means we will all have a stronger future, together.”

You can help kids achieve these positive outcomes by supporting our after-school programs today.

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Scotiabank Training Weekends 2017

Scotiabank Staff Training Weekends 2017

If you really want to be a successful leader, you must develop other leaders around you. You must develop a team of leaders!”  John C. Maxwell

Staff Training - Developing Moorelands Leaders

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Moorelands staff members are an integral part of our after-school programs. We are so fortunate to receive generous funding for our staff training from Scotiabank to prepare staff for the important job ahead of them. Our staff training is focused on how team members can support Toronto kids in their leadership development. Team building and leadership focused activities are used to help staff build trust, connections and their own personal leadership skills.

Know, Grow, Show

Over several training sessions in September, staff learn about our inclusive culture, values and commitment to Positive Youth Development; Moorelands leadership habits and qualities; creating fun and engaging activities for our participants that help them know, grow and show; and how to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone at Moorelands.

At Moorelands We Are Intentional

Our staff training is vigorous because at Moorelands we are intentional: We intend that children will gain skills, experience personal growth, gain confidence and make friends because they have been to Moorelands. Therefore, it’s important that our staff leaders are intentional too. At staff training they learn how to plan activities with a purpose, create teachable moments and maximize the opportunities they have to positively influence the children and youth we serve.

Our after-school program staff are awesome and we can’t wait for them to demonstrate their skills in our BLAST, YOUTH LED and VITAL leadership programs in Thorncliffe Park and Flemington Park. All spots in our programs are subsidized. If you’d like to learn more about our programs or complete an application form for your child online, click here.

We’re so excited for after-school programs to start again next week. Thank you, Scotiabank, for giving our staff the opportunity to develop the tools both they, and our kids, need to succeed.

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Moorelands Camp Photos 2017

Moorelands Camp Photos 2017

The 2017 season of Moorelands Camp has sadly ended but take a look at some of the awesome photos from each session and keep the fire burning! (Page may take a few moments to load!)

Leadership Retreat 2017

Moorelands’ Leadership Retreat 2017

Young Leaders Show Off Their Skills at the Leadership Retreat

Each summer, the culmination of both of Moorelands’ after-school leadership programs (Youth LED and VITAL) is a leadership retreat.

While each of these programs is different – Youth LED helps middle school children at Valley Park develop a firm foundation of leadership skills while VITAL is focused on giving high schoolers at Marc Garneau Collegiate both leadership training and volunteer experience – participants from both programs are invited to take part in the retreat.

The purpose of the leadership retreat is to celebrate participants’ learning, to give them an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned at their programs and to give space for a final debrief of the Moorelands Leadership Habits and Qualities they have learned.

Check out the pictures of out youth leaders having an amazing time enjoying the outdoors and the Moorelands community of which they have become an integral part!

History of Moorelands Camp

History of Moorelands Camp: 100 Years

Moorelands Camp is 100 years old in 2017! Learn about our camp’s history in a timeline of key moments: Moorelands Camp – 100 years of meeting needs & inspiring change.

Our impact in numbers:

  • We’ve helped over 129,500 children.
  • We’ve supported 89,300 families.
  • We’ve made more than 13,200 boat trips to ferry campers to our island on Kawagama Lake.
  • We’ve lit and enjoyed 8,400 camp fires under milky way skies.
  • We’ve roasted over 360,000 marshmallows.
  • Campers have enjoyed over 29 million hours of bonding with positive, caring role models.
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MOORELANDS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1912

1912: FOUNDER CANON R.J. MOORE

Moorelands began in 1912 as the Downtown Church workers Association (DCA) to help with the difficult living conditions of the time

1912: ORIGINAL MISSION STATEMENT

To minister to the souls and bodies of the people in district south of College St. (over 7,000 home visits made in the first year)

1917: DCA TURNED CORPORATION

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DCA incorporated as a corporation without share capital in the Province of Ontario

1917: LAKE SIMCOE

5 acres on Lake Simcoe purchased for Moorelands Camp (would grow eventually to 18 acres)

1917: ST.FAITH'S LODGE

St. Faith’s Lodge for underprivileged girls opens

1917: MOORELANDS CAMP

Moorelands Camp opens – 500 children and mothers attend in parties of 100 for 12 days

1920: RECESSION

1917 TORONTO

Recession results in sharp rise in unemployment & high demand on DCA

1926: CANON R.J. MOORE DIES

Founder of the Downtown Church workers Association Canon Moore dies

1931: DCA COMBATS THE AFFECTS OF THE DEPRESSION

DCA responds to the needs of those affected by the Depression with food, clothing & shelter

1940: ST.FAITH'S LODGE TURNED OVER

St. Faith’s Lodge given over to United Appeal

1952: MOORELANDS CAMP RUNDOWN

After being neglected for 20 years, Moorelands Camp infrastructure near dilapidation

1953 - 1955: REBUILD OF CAMP

Massive rebuild of Moorelands Camp leaves little money left for urban programs

1957: URBAN BOARD

Urban Board formed

1963: DOWNTOWN CHURCHES JOIN DCA

12 downtown churches now part of DCA

1964: DCA SWITCHES GEARS

DCA moves from parochial “hand-out” organization to inter-denominational work in the community

1971: DCA FACED FINANCIAL TROUBLE

Financial troubles & changing city lead to full scale reorganization of DCA

MOORELANDS PURCHASED CAMP KAWAGAMA IN 1972

1980: SPECIAL COMMITTEE CREATED

Special Committee on urban work created to deal with causes of suffering rather than just the effects

1982: MOTHERS' PROGRAM DISCONTINUED AT CAMP

Last summer the mothers’ program is offered at camp

1987: ASSOCIATES DISBAND

The final step in the transition to a professional staff model at DCA

1992: BOARD REDUCED

Board reduced from 27 to 15 members and focus shifts to policy

1994: NEW MISSION STATEMENT

DCA works with economically disadvantaged children and youth from Toronto

1995: DCA CAMP ORGANIZATION

DCA considers itself a camp organization with supportive programs during the year

1996: MOORELANDS CAMP MAINTENANCE

Moorelands Camp Capital Maintenance Plan created

2000-2008: CAMP RESEARCH CONDUCTED

Research studies conducted at Moorelands Camp with professors from U of T

DCA CHANGED IT'S NAME TO MOORELANDS COMMUNITY SERVICES IN 2001

2002: NEW CITY PROGRAMS MODEL

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 4 C’s & Positive Youth Development introduced

2003: CITY PROGRAMS EXPANSION

City Programs Expansion Plan approved

2004: ACHIEVED FUNDRAISING GOALS

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Capital fundraising goal of $1.5M achieved to rebuild Moorelands Camp

2005: SERVES MORE THAN 1,500 IN PROGRAMS

History

Moorelands serves more than 1,500 children & youth in city, camp & family programs

2007: ALL CITY PROGRAMS MOVED LOCATIONS

2007 All City Programs moved to Flemingdon/Thorncliffe Park

2008: EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMMING

Research informs all program design

2010 REVISED MANDATE

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Revised mandate includes building competence, confidence, character & connections

2011: REBUILD COMPLETE

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The rebuild of Moorelands Camp is complete

2012: MOORELANDS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

Moorelands celebrates its 100th Anniversary

2014: CAMP CHANGES TO A CALENDAR WEEK

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Moorelands Camp changes to a calendar week

2014: DAY CAMP PILOT

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Moorelands pilots Kawagama Day Camp

2016: LEADERSHIP HABITS AND QUALITIES INTRODUCED

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Moorelands leadership habits and qualities are introduced to align camp and After-school programs

MOORELANDS CAMP CELEBRATES IT'S 100th BIRTHDAY IN 2017

See how we will be celebrating Moorelands Camp’s 100th birthday and Canada’s 150’s birthday up at camp this summer with our Canada 150 Heritage and Hope Timeline.

Moorelands is a proud recipient of a Canada 150 Grant for our “Heritage and Hope Timeline” at Moorelands Camp this summer. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Toronto Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Moorelands: Canada 150 Grant
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Fighting the Cold with Active Games

BLAST Play Active Games Al Fresco

Active Games Al Fresco

Cold? Not us!

Despite the chilly weather, BLAST kids leaped at the chance to get their blood pumping outdoors with some super fun, active games. At Moorelands BLAST, participants spend a minimum of 50 minutes engaged in physical activity each day. We know that this active time is really important. It helps our participants stay healthy and encourages them to lead active lifestyles long after they leave our program.

Guard the Pin

BLAST kids take part in a variety of fun games like Man on Mars and Crows and Cranes. Program Leaders also make sure to mix in elements of Physical Literacy into these active games to help participants develop vital movement skills.

Guard the Pin is a particular favourite active game which hones balance and agility. It involves one participant having to “guard” the clothes pin attached to their back and prevent it from being taken by the other players. Check out the fun! Click on a pic to see a bigger image:

After Active Games? Sweet Rewards!

After working up a sweat in the school yard, participants got to refuel with a cooking activity. They clearly enjoyed whipping up Wow Butter Banana Wraps – look at those pictures, thumbs up all round!

After activities, leaders always take the kids through a debrief.  Here, participants discuss their learnings and the leadership habits and character qualities they’ve been working on like being proactive and showing respect.

Active games are part of all Moorelands’ kids programming. Don’t forget, you can now register online for Moorelands Camp as well as our after school programs. Visit www.moorelands.ca/register to learn more.
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