Fidelity Investments helps Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Power Up! kids for learning with renewed support for academic enhancement program



    MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - With the school year in full swing, students
are looking for help with setting academic goals. To assist children with
achieving success at school and encourage an enduring enthusiasm for learning,
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) and Fidelity Investments Canada are
awarding Power Up! grants to 15 Clubs across Canada for the 2008-2009 school
year.
    Power Up! is a national academic enhancement program developed by BGCC,
with the support of Fidelity Investments, that creates a positive, supportive
environment for academic achievement. It helps children to develop positive
attitudes toward learning, self-directed study habits and enables them to
explore learning tools and resources, with the help of caring adult mentors,
who assist them with setting and achieving their learning goals.
    "Education is critical to a child's development and Power Up! is an
excellent way to make learning more enjoyable," said Pam Jolliffe, President
and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, "With Power Up! and the guidance of
trained volunteers, children have the opportunity to learn and succeed in
school, and take control of their futures."
    According to a 2006 national survey conducted by the Canadian Council on
Learning, 62% of parents admit that they do not have the knowledge to help
their children with their homework. While difficulties may arise from lack of
knowledge of the curriculum, language barriers can also pose a problem.
    Statistics Canada reports that children from homes whose mother-tongue is
neither English nor French performed lower in reading and mathematics by 20%,
and had writing skills 30% lower than the class average. According to the 2006
Census, two-thirds of Canada's population growth over the past five years has
been due to immigration. Parents who cannot communicate in English or have
been schooled in a different system are often challenged to provide their
children with the help they need with homework.
    Boys and Girls Clubs serve a growing number of children and families who
are new to Canada which almost 20% of the organization's 200,000 membership.
    "Fidelity Canada strives to engage and assist young Canadians in
realizing their full potential," said Maryska Bushnell, Director of Employee &
Community Affairs for Fidelity Investments Canada. "We are proud supporters of
the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and we are dedicated to helping young
Canadians realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring
citizens."
    Now in its seventh year, Fidelity Investments' contribution has enabled
6,527 children to improve their academic performance at school. Eighty-two
(including the 15 new sites this year) Boys and Girls Clubs across the country
are now official Power Up! program delivery sites.

    
    The following Boys and Girls Clubs will receive Power Up! grants for
2008-2009:

    AB: Edson
    BC: Central Vancouver Island and Delta/Richmond
    NB: Dieppe and Havelock
    NL: Norris Arm
    NS: Spryfield
    MB: Winnipeg
    ON: Hamilton East Kiwanis, Thunder Bay and Toronto Kiwanis
    QC: LaSalle
    SK: Battlefords and Saskatoon
    

    About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

    Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading, national provider of
programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational
and social development of close to 200,000 young people and their families
each year. In 700 community locations across Canada, clubs offer after-school
programs in physical recreation, technology, the arts, literacy, personal
growth and more. Many clubs also provide meals, emergency shelter, family
support programs and other support to children, youth and families at risk.
Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians to discover, develop
and achieve their potential for over 100 years. To learn more, visit
www.bgccan.com.

    About Fidelity Investments Canada

    Fidelity Investments Canada ULC is the country's seventh largest mutual
fund company and part of the Fidelity Investments organization of Boston, one
of the world's largest providers of financial services. In Canada, Fidelity
manages a total of $52 billion in mutual fund and corporate pension plan
assets. It offers Canadian investors a full range of domestic, international
and income oriented mutual funds. Fidelity funds are available through a
number of advice-based distribution channels including financial planners,
investment dealers, banks, and insurance companies. Fidelity Investments also
administers defined contribution plans and manages defined benefit assets on
behalf of corporate clients across Canada. Fidelity is a proud supporter of
the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and is dedicated to helping young Canadians
realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Carol Davies, Director of
Communications, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, (905) 477-7272 ext. 234,
cdavies@bgccan.com


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