Monday, August 31, 2015

Kids build confidence and community through Summer Adventures

When Uchechi Akuanyionwu arrived in Calgary four months ago from the United Kingdom, her six-year-old daughter Chinelo was shy and uneasy around people outside her family. Fast forward through the summer and today the young girl’s social skills have improved so much, mom no longer worries how she’ll do starting school next week.

Uchechi credits The City’s Summer Adventures program, a seven-week summer day camp for six- to 12-year olds, for the changes she sees in her daughter.

And Uchechi’s not alone in singing the praises of the program. Other moms– Shaundy Smith, Rita Dong and Sukhwant Parmar – also expressed appreciation for the program and how their respective child blossomed by participating.

“Most of the time they play, but they learn a lot of things like they know how to handle (different) situations,” Sukhwant said. “It’s really good, we love it, we want to do it and we want to thank The City for starting this program.”

Group photo of Beltline Summer Adventure kids
Available for the first time this summer, Summer Adventures ran in select neighbourhoods and focused on different topics and skills based on the need of the community. One of the goals of the program was to build the kids’ awareness of community and diversity, their sense of belonging and their social abilities, all through fun, engaging activities in a safe environment.

Summer Adventures is one of several free community programs The City offers for children and youth each summer. While this year’s summer programs are ending, there are still opportunities for kids to get active and be social through other programs such as Calgary AfterSchool or those listed in the Fall Recreation Guide. Visit or to learn more.

1 comment:

  1. It is the great community. Love to visit there soon.