RBC provides $2 million for after-school programs across Canada



    Community-based programs help build self-esteem, confidence

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - As part of its ongoing commitment to children
and education across Canada, RBC Foundation will be providing more than
$2 million in funding for 77 of Canada's leading after-school programs for the
2007-2008 school year. The recipients represent a diverse range of
community-based organizations, and were chosen by panels of local citizens.
    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.
    "We believe the best after-school programs complement the formal
education that children receive in the classroom," said Stephen Voisin,
executive director, RBC Foundation. "When kids have a chance to participate in
activities outside the classroom in a structured and safe environment, there
can be a marked improvement in their self-esteem, and that's a gift that lasts
forever."
    Each after-school program will receive between $20,000 and $40,000 from
RBC. Eighteen are first-time grant recipients, with the remainder having
received grants in previous years. RBC has been funding after-school programs
since 1999 with more than $14.8 million given through 472 grants to 157
different organizations that have helped more than 14,000 children over the
past nine years. For more information, visit www.rbc.com/community/donations.

    RBC's 2007-2008 After-School Grant Recipients:

    British Columbia

    Bella Coola Elementary School, School District No. 49(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vancouver (Kimount Club)(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vancouver (North Burnaby Club)(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops
    City Reach Care Society(*)
    College Of New Caledonia(*)
    Hastings-Tillicum Elementary Community School(*)
    Kiwassa Neighbourhood House(*)
    Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House(*)
    Strathcona Community Centre(*)
    Visions Athletic - Grandview/?Uuqinak'uuh Elementary School(*)
    Wickaninnish Community School, Tofino - School District No. 70

    Alberta

    Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane and Area(*)
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton (Rundle Youth & Neighbourhood Centre)(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Slave Lake(*)
    Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County
    Boys & Girls Club of Wetaskiwin(*)
    Diamond Valley & District Boys & Girls Club(*)
    Heartland Youth Centre(*)
    Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre(*)

    Saskatchewan

    Al Ritchie Community Association(*)
    Bishop Roborecki School
    Battlefords Boys and Girls Club(*)
    Big Brothers & Big Sisters Association of Lloydminster(*)
    Saskatoon Boys & Girls Club (McNab Community Centre)(*)

    Manitoba

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg - Dalhousie Club(*)
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg - Norquay Club
    Flora House(*)
    The Pas Action Centre(*)
    William Whyte Community School

    Ontario

    Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area(*)
    Boys and Girls Club of Peel (Mississauga)(*)
    Braeburn Neighbourhood Place(*)
    Community Arts & Heritage Education Project(*)
    Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre(*)
    Delta Family Resource Centre
    East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club(*)
    Fort Erie Public Library(*)
    Gerrard Resource Centre(*)
    The Kemptville Youth Centre(*)
    Langs Farm Village Association
    National Capital YMCA/YWCA(*)
    Native Child and Family Services of Ontario
    Onward Willow - Better Beginnings, Better Futures
    Quinte Community Learning - Bridging the Gap(*)
    St. Christopher House(*)
    St. Leonard's Society of Toronto(*)
    San Romanoway Revitalization Association(*)
    Simcoe Hall Settlement House(*)
    Somerset West Community Health Centre(*)
    Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures(*)
    Tri-County Literacy Council
    Toronto Chinese Community Services Association(*)
    Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club(*)
    Township of Lake of Bays
    UrbanArts Community Arts Council(*)
    Wesley Urban Ministries

    Quebec

    Action jeunesse St-Pie X de Longueuil (Maison de jeunes Kekpart)
    Carrefour communautaire St-Paul - Secteur Sainte-Therese(*)
    les enfants de l'espoir de Maisonneuve(*)
    L'Hôte Maison (maison de jeunes)(*)
    La Maison des Jeunes L'Ouverture(*)
    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

    Chebucto Boys and Girls Club(*)
    Family SOS Healthy Kidz Klub(*)
    George D. Lewis School, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
    St. George's YouthNet(*)
    South Shore Family Resource Association

    New Brunswick

    Atlantic Health Sciences (The Resource Centre for Youth)(*)
    Prince Charles School(*)

    Prince Edward Island

    The Adventure Group(*)

    (*) Indicates a multi-year recipient





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For further information: Jackie Braden, (416) 974-2124


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