Canadians feel that children and teens need more places in their community to go to after school



    
    RBC commits $2.4 million to community-based programs to create meaningful
    and rich environments to engage and teach children
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - More than one third of Canadians (40 per cent)
feel that they don't have a lot of places in their community where supervised
activities and recreation options are available for children and teens outside
of school according to a recent RBC/Ipsos Reid poll. With a commitment of
almost $2.4 million from RBC Foundation, 90 of Canada's leading after school
programs will receive funding for the 2009-2010 school year. The recipients
represent a diverse range of community-based organizations, and were chosen by
panels of local citizens.
    The poll found that the vast majority (94 per cent) of Canadians agree
that there should be some organized activity or safe place for children and
teens to go to after school.
    "During these challenging economic times, when many parents are forced to
extend their work day or take on a second job, Canadians realize that after
school programs are crucial in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and
helping to alleviate some pressures for working families," said Shari Austin,
vice-president, Corporate Citizenship at RBC and executive director, RBC
Foundation. "These grants will help more after school programs in at risk
communities deliver enriched activities outside the classroom and support the
development of social skills with peers that will pay academic dividends."
    Forty per cent of the after school programs funded by RBC report
increased academic performance and improved social skills of their
participants.
    Each after school program will receive up to $40,000 from RBC. Sixteen
are first-time grant recipients. RBC has been funding after school programs
since 1999 with more than $19 million given through 654 grants to 198
different organizations that have helped more than 17,000 children over the
past ten years.
    To be selected for a grant, after school programs must offer structured
and supervised activities for children between the ages of six and 17. The
programs must also focus on what RBC calls the "three Ss" - safety, social
skills and self-esteem. RBC's grants are used to provide a wide-range of
activities including computer instruction, sports, literacy tutoring, music
and art lessons, nutrition guidance, and homework-help.
    RBC believes in building prosperity by contributing to the communities in
which we live and work. As one of Canada's largest corporate donors, RBC
supports a broad range of community initiatives, through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. RBC contributed $99 million to
community causes worldwide in 2008, through donations of more than $51.5
million, and an additional $47.5 million in sponsorship of community events.
For more information, visit www.rbc.com/donations/.

    
    2009-2010 RBC After-School Grant Recipients:

    Northwest Territories

    Side Door Ministries - Junior Side Door

    British Columbia

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver - North Burnaby Club(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops(*)
    Grandview ?Uuqinak'uuh Elementary School - Board of Education of School
    District No. 39 (Vancouver)(*)
    Hastings-Tillicum Community Elementary School - Board of Education of
    School District No. 39 (Vancouver)(*)
    Glen Elementary School - Board of Education of School District No. 43
    (Coquitlam)
    Khowhemun Elementary School - Board of Education of School District
    No. 79 (Cowichan Valley)(*)
    Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre of Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Society(*)
    Lena Shaw Elementary School - Board of Education of School District
    No. 36 (Surrey)
    Strathcona Community Centre Association(*)
    Squamish Elementary School - Board of Education of School District
    No. 48 (Sea to Sky)(*)
    Twin Rivers Elementary School - Board of Education of School District
    No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia)(*)
    Wickaninnish Community School - Board of Education of School District
    No. 70 (Alberni)(*)

    Alberta

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary - Forest Lawn Club
    Boys & Girls Club of Calgary - Pineridge Club(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Diamond Valley & District - Turner Valley(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Edmonton - Rundle Club(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Slave Lake(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Wetaskiwin(*)
    Boys and Girls Club of Whitecourt and District(*)
    Edson and District Boys and Girls Club
    Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre(*)
    Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club(*)
    SPEC Association for Children and Families - Boys and Girls Club of
    Brooks and District(*)

    Saskatchewan

    Battlefords Boys and Girls Club(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Yorkton(*)
    Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation - Bishop Roborecki
    School(*)

    Manitoba

    Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg - Dalhousie Club(*)
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg - Norquay Club(*)
    Children's Heritage Fund - William Whyte Community School(*)
    Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba
    Spence Neighbourhood Association
    The Pas Action Centre(*)
    Wapanohk Community School - School District of Mystery Lake(*)

    Ontario

    Braeburn Neighbourhood Place(*)
    Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre
    Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Kingston(*)
    Boys and Girls Club of Niagara(*)
    Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Britannia Clubhouse(*)
    Community Arts & Heritage Education Project(*)
    Cross-Cultural Community Services Association(*)
    Delta Family Resource Centre(*)
    Dr. H.D Taylor Public School Greater Essex County District School Board
    Eastview Boys and Girls Club(*)
    Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Cathy Wever HUB
    Kemptville and Area Youth Advocacy Committee(*)
    Langs Farm Village Association(*)
    Native Child and Family Services of Toronto(*)
    Onward Willow - Better Beginnings, Better Futures Community Centre(*)
    Quinte Community Learning - Bridging the Gap(*)
    Ralph Thornton Community Organization(*)
    St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club, Driftwood Club
    St. Christopher House(*)
    St. Leonard's Society of Metropolitan Toronto(*)
    San Romanoway Revitalization Association(*)
    Somerset West Community Health Centre(*)
    Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office(*)
    Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs(*)
    Township of Lake of Bays(*)
    Tri-County Literacy Council(*)
    Wesley Urban Ministries(*)
    YMCA of Greater Toronto(*)
    YMCA of Sault Ste Marie(*)

    Quebec

    Action Jeunesse St-Pie X de Longueuil (Maison de jeunes Kekpart)(*)
    Baobab Familial
    Centre d'Amitié Autochtone de Val-d'Or(*)
    Club Garcons et Filles de LaSalle/Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle(*)
    Les enfants de l'espoir de Maisonneuve(*)
    Maison d'accueil Mutchmore
    La Maison des jeunes Par La Grand'Porte(*)
    la maison Tremplin de Longueuil(*)
    L'Oasis des enfants de Rosemont(*)
    Saint Columba House(*)
    Toujours ensemble(*)
    Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre(*)

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    MacMorran Community Centre(*)
    St. John's Native Friendship Centre(*)

    Nova Scotia

    Boys and Girls Club of Preston(*)
    Boys and Girls Club of Spryfield(*)
    Eleanor W. Graham Middle School - School District 16
    Somerset & District Elementary School - Annapolis Valley Regional School
    Board
    South Shore Family Resource Association(*)
    St. George's YouthNet Society(*)

    New Brunswick

    Boys and Girls Club of Moncton(*)
    Boys and Girls Club of Saint John
    Ecole Régionale-de-Saint-André, School District 3(*)
    Prince Charles School(*)

    Prince Edward Island

    Boys and Girls Club of Summerside(*)

    (*) Indicates a multi-year recipient
    

    The RBC omnibus was conducted by Ipsos Reid between August 19 and August
25, 2009. This online survey of 2,028 Canadian adults was conducted via the
Ipsos I-Say Online Panel, Ipsos Reid's national online panel. The results are
based on a sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance
demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the
actual Canadian population according to Census data. With a representative
sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within +/-2.2
percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Margins of error for regions will vary.





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For further information: Matt Gierasimczuk, RBC, Media Relations, (416)
974-2124


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