The Pandemic’s Impact on Children’s Mental Health

By Aly Tomas, volunteer This past year has been challenging for everyone. COVID-19 has affected how we work, learn, socialize, exercise and even buy groceries. The lockdowns added stress for parents, teachers and have impacted the lives of children and youth too. This pandemic has impacted our everyday routines like, children going to school in-person […]

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It Takes Courage To Do The Right Thing

By Aly Tomas We often hear about how important it is to do the right thing, and make good decisions. Sometimes doing the right thing is clear and simple. Other times, doing the right thing might not feel so easy. It can take courage to do the right thing. Integrity What is integrity and why […]

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What is positive youth development?

By Robyn Bell “This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” — Robert Kennedy. What is positive youth development? Positive Youth […]

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Farid’s Story

Farid, aged 8, loves Moorelands Kids’ BLAST after-school program! He’s been attending since Grade 1 and according to his mom, Zahab, BLAST has become a pretty big part of his world: “Farid loves being a part of Moorelands! He loves all his friends and the warm and encouraging environment. He is so full of energy […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic to have unprecedented impact on kids

This headline, taken from a recent United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) publication highlights the way school closures, control measures, inaccessibility of traditional avenues of support, loss of recreational opportunities and reduction of family income all affect the physical and mental health of children – both their learning and education experience and their childhood development. Moorelands […]

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YOU Keep Kids Connected! – ED’s Report Fall 2020

YOU make it possible! YOU keep kids connected! In this extraordinary year, we’ve all been forced to make changes in our lives. Our routines are upset, our family life impacted, and all those daily tasks we took for granted thrown into disarray. Perhaps cruelest of all, we’ve had to practice social distancing at a time […]

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Back to school top tips

By Muhammad Shahmir Masood – Digital Communications and Development Intern The new school year can be a time of excitement and joy but also anxiety and apprehension for parents and kids. Personally, we can all recall the frantic time before the start of the school year as we tried to discover where our class was […]

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After-school Programs Online This Fall!

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Moorelands Kids’ after-school programs will run online this fall. The health and safety of our kids and staff is paramount. After discussions with our school partners and reaching out to parents to learn about their needs, it was clear that online programs were the best way to keep kids resilient […]

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How to Get Involved and Get Happy

By VODA, BLAST Gateway Site Coordinator Have you been feeling lonely? A little bit down right now? We spend so much time on our phones looking at people living ‘perfect’ lives online, it can be hard to find happiness in your own skin. The constant bombardment of our phones has impacted us more than you […]

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Who is Responsible for You?

By Kubix, BLAST Grenoble Site Coordinator Point to the sky, point to the ground, point to a friend, point to your knee, point to your head! Now, point to the person who is responsible for YOU… Ask this of a child and, more often than not, they will point to an adult in the room: […]

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After-School Staff Training 2019

Our after-school programs are staffed by passionate social service/child & youth workers and students. We are grateful to Scotiabank for their generous funding for our after-school staff training. Training takes place over three sessions in September and it is RIGOROUS! At Moorelands Kids we are intentional. Our BLAST, LED, and VITAL leadership programs offer fun and educational after-school activities for […]

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Kick-start Sarah’s School Year Success!

“The things you learn at Moorelands Kids help with almost everything!” Sarah, Moorelands Kids’ camper and LED participant. After a summer of fun, Moorelands Kids’ campers are back to school. The new school year brings opportunity… but it can also bring challenges for the children we serve. While at camp, and out of their familiar […]

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How to Set Goals for Success In The New School Year

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” Pablo Picasso School is just around the corner. Do you feel ready? You might be excited to see all of your friends! Maybe you’re nervous […]

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