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 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!
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.
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.
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).