When school doors close, KidSafe opens to provide vulnerable children with the essential services they need but lack access to due to their challenging life circumstances. Our programs and services are comprised of:
Break-time programs: Offered each weekday of winter, spring and summer holidays at five inner-city elementary school sites, KidSafe break-time programs include Engaged Outreach transportation services, nutritious meals, emotional support, and educational activities and field-trips.
Engaged Outreach Services: KidSafe provides safe daily transportation to and from our programs for children who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Young Leaders program: KidSafe’s Young Leaders program is a free summer leadership program that serves the 50 youth ages 12-13 that attend KidSafe’s Summer Break Program.
KidLink youth transition program: One-to-one support and referral services for the 30-40 KidSafe “alumni” who begin grade 8 each year.
KidSafe’s programs are rooted in social and emotional learning and development theory. We strive to provide the children and youth in our care with the five key assets essential to their overall health and well-being, as outlined in the Middle Years Development Instrument developed by UBC and the Human Early Learning Partnership (Hertzman, C, (2010)):
- Supportive relationships with adults at home, at school, and in the community
- A sense of belonging and friendship with peers
- Good health habits (for example, regular breakfast, meals with family members, good sleeping habits)
- Participation in meaningful activities (for example, music, arts, sports, youth groups)
- Positive experiences at home, in school, and in the community
When compared to a group of children who did not attend our program, a higher percentage of KidSafe children:
- Reported that they were proud of their school work
- Felt good about themselves
- Had fun over school break