Why After-School Programs Are So Important

After-school programs are fun, safe environments where kids can develop new skills, experience different types of learning, and meet new friends! There are many benefits to enrolling your kids in after-school programs. Here are some reasons as to why after-school programs are important for children and youth! DEVELOP NEW SKILLS There are many different types […]

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After-school Programs Connect Kids Year-Round

“Education disruption is the ‘shadow pandemic’ that could eclipse the health crisis in its impact. And with mounting learning gaps and lagging policy, Canadian students are falling behind their global peers.” https://www.macleans.ca/longforms/covid-19-pandemic-disrupted-schooling-impact/ A Message about Fall After-school Programs from Jodi Thompson, City Programs Manager We are very excited to welcome kids back to our after-school […]

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Meet Former Board Member, Marilyn Pattison

“The growing disparity of income in today’s world is a concern to me. I really think that a place like Moorelands is more important than ever. Kids who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in an unhappy or unhealthy place because of family poverty – it just doesn’t seem fair or Christian to […]

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Supporting Youth Year-Round – ED’s Report Fall 2021

“My favourite part of online camp was seeing people and actually getting tosocialize after everything…” Astra, camper age 12 When we asked our kids what they most enjoyed about our online camp this summer, over and over again they told us that they enjoyed “the cabin time activities” and “interacting with people and playing fun […]

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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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