Lt.-Gov. Ethell and his wife (back row, centre) pose with CNS staff who attended the awards ceremony, from left (back row) Wendy Sliworsky, Bojan Tosic, Adis Samardzic, Zorian Klymochko, (front row) Sarah Papineau and Anda Barber.
“We’ve been providing programs through Calgary AfterSchool since 2009 – it’s been a lot of work, but very rewarding when we look at all the positive outcomes,” said Zorian Klymochko, a City of Calgary community development worker.
“This award is just further recognition that we are on the right track with what we are doing and just how much it is needed.”
Data collected from September 2009 to June 2011 show Calgary AfterSchool programs significantly improved:
- children’s relationships with positive adult role models
- children’s and youth’s friendships and social skills
- youths’ frequency of volunteering at school, in the community and to support a cause.
Data from September 2011 through June 2013 is currently being assessed and is due for release later this year.
Research shows that youth who are provided with a safe and stimulating environment from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – the time between school ending and parents arriving home from work – is critical to positive development in their social, physical, leadership and creative skills. In turn, this helps youth avoid such negative outcomes as teen pregnancy, gang involvement and criminal activity. It also helps reduce stress levels for working parents by knowing where their children are and what they are doing.
Calgary AfterSchool is led by The City’s Community & Neighbourhood Services. It brings together dozens of community partners, not-for-profit agencies and other program providers to coordinate and improve the availability, quality and funding of after school program options.
Since inception, the number of providers, locations and participants continues to grow. In 2012, 7,268 children and youth participated in Calgary AfterSchool programs.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Award program recognizes individuals and groups who are working to keep their communities healthy and active. Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell presented the awards at a special awards ceremony in Edmonton. Calgary AfterSchool was awarded in the Group Community Spirit Leadership category.
The honour was acknowledged by Mayor Nenshi during the July 29 Council meeting.
For more information on Calgary AfterSchool visit calgary.ca/afterschool or call 3-1-1.