A world where youth grow to be successfully participating citizens in their community.
Kids Now builds self-esteem and leadership skills in grade 7 & 8 students to help them become confident, resilient youth who can transition successfully into high school and prepare for a brighter future.
ABOUT KIDS NOW
Created by a Canadian educator in 1999, who saw a need to complement the existing school curriculum with life skills development, Kids Now has a proud tradition of helping vulnerable youth, their families and communities. Over 15,000 youth have taken positive steps toward better futures by participating in the Kids Now program.
WHAT WE DO
Kids Now delivers a free after-school life-skills and leadership mentoring program to grade 7 and 8 students. Our program builds resiliency in youth so they can steer away from negative influences and build important skills that will help them transition with greater confidence into high school and beyond.
This is a preventive & proactive program that builds self-esteem and leadership abilities, develops positive mental well-being, encourages healthy thinking and builds resiliency. The program enables youth to cope with and overcome key challenges today like bullying, peer pressure, school/family issues, stress, anxiety, drugs and alcohol.
This year Kids Now will run 200+ mentoring programs, positively impacting 2,000+ youth.
WHERE WE ARE
Our programs are in middle schools and junior high schools across Ontario and in Edmonton, Alberta. Programs are available for free to all students, and are focused on reaching students in higher risk, lower income neighbourhoods. Kids Now is in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA’s), in many Equal Opportunity Schools in Hamilton and in many other deserving communities.
We work with local school boards and participating school principals that provide meeting space in their school for free, and volunteer their time to help promote and support our program.
THE YOUTH WE SERVE
Our program is offered exclusively to middle school/junior high students (Grade 7 & 8) because at this young age, teens are vulnerable to negative influences. This is the ideal age to teach students the 5 essential life-success skills they need before entering high school, when problems may start to arise.
WHAT EDUCATORS SAY ABOUT KIDS NOW
“… It is through working relationships with programs like Kids Now that young people at risk of losing their way in life are offered strategies and leadership tools for a successful future. The Kids Now program equips students with a wide variety of communication, goal setting, stress management and problem solving tools and strategies which, combined with the positive experiences and successful role models they encounter at the Kids Now sessions, inspire students to believe in themselves and make positive choices so they reach their full potential.”
Edmonton Catholic School Board Endorsement April, 2014 written by Joan Carr, Superintendent
WHY WE DO THIS
Our participants have gone on to graduate and build great careers, like Carey Escoffery who is a graduate of the first-ever Kids Now program and is now a successful corporate real estate adviser.
“Kids Now helped set me on the right path… I credit Kids Now with helping me develop a “forward thinking” mentality early on, that contributed to both my academic and professional success. Kids Now helped get me where I am today.”