After-school Programs

Offering a safe space for kids to discover and build on their strengths after-school.

While enjoying a wide variety of activities and field trips in our after-school programs – BLAST (Budding Leaders After School Teams)LED (Youth Lead Excel Demonstrate) and VITAL (Volunteers in Training as Leaders) – participants build life and leadership skills, increase their sense of self-worth, develop character, and establish positive relationships with peers and adults.

After-school programs are offered in the NIAs (Neighbourhood Improvement Areas) of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Humber Summit and Humbermede.

Our after-school programs

Moorelands Kids

BLAST

Moorelands Kids’ BLAST offers fun and educational after-school programming for kids at Thorncliffe Park PS, Gateway PS and Grenoble PS. All spots are subsidized – the highest cost is a one-time payment of $125 for 5 days a week for the whole school year!

after-school program LED

LED

Moorelands Kids’ LED after-school program is a free leadership program offered at Valley Park Middle School, Humber Summit Middles School and Gulfstream Public School. The program helps youth develop leadership and life skills through fun, hands-on experience.

after-school program VITAL

VITAL

Moorelands Kids’ VITAL program at Marc Garneau Collegiate helps youth develop leadership and life skills while gaining valuable experience and volunteer hours helping their community. There is no fee for this program.

Now looking back at Moorelands’ programs and working in the field that I do, I have an even greater appreciation for Moorelands Kids for two reasons: First, Moorelands is not a “babysitting” program. It is made up of intentional programming and compassionate staff… The second reason is that Moorelands Kids invests in the most vulnerable, communities in Toronto… We are in need of the kind of programs that Moorelands Kids provides.

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Benefits of After-school Programs

After-school programs bring a wide range of benefits to kids, families and communities. After-school programs have been shown to boost academic performance, promote physical health, reduce risky behaviours, and provide a safe, structured environment for kids.

  • Research shows that after-school programs can improve classroom behavior (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2010), school attendance, academic aspirations, and can reduce the likelihood that a student will drop out (Huang, Leon, La Torre, Mostafavi, 2008).
  • Participation in after-school programs has been associated with reduced risky behaviours such as drug use (Investing in Our Young People, University of Chicago, 2006) and criminal behavior (UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, 2007).
  • After-school programs can play an important role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits. Participation in afterschool programs has been associated with positive health outcomes, including reduced obesity (Mahoney, J., Lord, H., & Carryl, 2005).

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual until June 8th. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps must remain closed throughout the summer. While we are so sad that Moorelands Camp will not be able to run as usual this year, this news was not unexpected and we understand this decision: the safety of our campers and staff is always our first priority. We are refunding all camp deposits/fees already paid. Details have been emailed to registered camper families.

But we do have some good news! In anticipation of this announcement, we had already made extensive plans for a fun virtual camp experience and we’ll be Sending Camp to Kids this summer! More details coming soon including how to apply starting May 25th!

We commit to maintaining our beautiful camp property. We will continue to do everything we need to do to make sure that we can be at camp next year and for many more years to come! That’s why we need your support now more than ever. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs. We'll be making announcements soon about our new Virtual Camp for summer 2020. Stay tuned!

If you need information on COVID-19 or health advice, please visit Toronto Public Health’s website. Moorelands Kids will continue to post updates about our services as the situation evolves.

Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids