Everyday, thousands of Canadian students face many challenges regardless of their socio-economic status. Anxiety, bullying, depression and peer pressures are real issues young people face. Many lack the skills to cope with these situations and often feel that there is nowhere to turn for help. For 15 years, students can count on Kids Now to have someone to talk to in a safe environment. Kids Now does not focus on where kids come from but where they can go and we show them how to get there.
Kids Now empowers youth to believe in themselves so they can make positive choices that will help them reach their full potential. As a national youth organization, we provide free after-school group mentoring programs to grades 7 and 8 students. Our program builds resiliency in youth so they can excel personally and confidently transition into high school. We target grades 7 and 8 students because it is a confusing time filled with major pressures that affect their mental health and well-being.
Founded in 1999, by educator Janet King, since then we have worked with more than 14,000 youth. Organizations like Kids Now are pivotal in building resilient youth, minimizing high school dropout rates, and at risk behavior, which can endanger a young person’s chance to a post-secondary education and employability.
A world where youth grow to be successfully participating citizens in their community.
To empower youth in grades 7 and 8, and build in them life-success skills that: improve family and peer relationships; provide youth with tools to make positive choices and turn away from risky behaviour; enhance self-esteem and encourage healthy thinking, leading to a more productive and rewarding life.