The Youth Centres of Calgary (YCC) is a grassroots home, an oasis located in a community where many of the children do not have access to safety, healthy role models, sports coaching, music lessons and many more of the developmental influences most Calgary kids have every day. In 'normal times', YCC’s kids aged 9-16 can spend a few wonderful hours of after school time interacting and with others and doing what kids love to do after school. This includes making new friends, gaining wisdom from 'cool' adult volunteers, free access to technology and homework help, music lessons, and access to sports equipment, games and art supplies. They can also get a healthy hot meal before they leave at 6:00pm, ready to take on the challenges of their lives. The aim of the program is to reduce the effects of cyclical poverty and to address the multitude of problems associated with vulnerable youth growing up in Calgary’s tipping point communities. This recent year has been particularly difficult for many families. There has been job loss, unpredictability, mental health concerns, and so much more. Our youth are increasingly affected by these troubling times in their homes and at school. For a year now, the centre has provided over 75,000 healthy meal bags and grocery items at the Ogden youth centre, and at various pop-up sites in Forest Lawn/Forest Heights, Bowness, Penbrooke, Radisson Heights, Dover, Shaganappi, Applewood, Pineridge, and Abbeydale. We couldn't have done any of this without the generous donations from our supporters and the donation of time from our countless volunteers. Thank you!
YCC’s work is ongoing, and impactful in the lives of many Calgary youth.
We believe that nourished youth can live happy, resilient and healthy lives.❤️
Here’s how your donations make a difference:
$25 donation provides a wholesome bagged lunch for 6 kids
$75 donation covers the cost of fresh produce for a week at one of our 10 pop-up sites
$150 donation covers the cost of eggs and milk for a month at one of our 10 pop-up sites
$250 donation provides a nutritious breakfast for 80 kids during our free outdoor summer program
$500 donation covers the cost of fresh produce and groceries for two weeks at two of our pop-up sites