WHO WE ARE
Kids Now is a proactive afterschool program that empowers youth with life-success skills to make positive choices.
Kids Now is a national youth organization that provides free after school in-school group mentoring programs to students in grades 7 and 8. We empower youth to make positive choices that help them reach their full potential. Kids Now programs build resiliency in today’s youth and help kids to confidently make the transition into high school.
Since 1999, Kids Now has empowered more than 14,000 youth across Canada, in more than 1,400 programs.
WHAT WE DO
We match one volunteer mentor with 10 students in a 12-week curriculum based program that builds important life-success skills:
+ Build self-esteem
+ Conflict resolution
+ Goal setting
+ Build communication skills
+ Develop stress management skills
The Kids Now program takes an anti-bullying focus and includes interactive games, skill-based activities and group discussions.
WHY KIDS NOW
Youth today face many challenges regardless of their socio-economic status. Kids Now targets grades 7 and 8 students because it is a time when they face major pressures and transitions that will directly affect their future. When youth transition from elementary school to high school without the skills and support from a mentor, they can easily derail from their path to success. 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.
Peer pressure, drugs, bullying, lack of self-esteem, and depression are real issues young people face. Many lack the skills to deal with these situations and often feel that there is nowhere to turn for help. Kids Now is an organization kids can count on to help them build their self-esteem, acquire the skills to overcome these challenges, and have someone to talk to in a supportive environment. Kids Now does not focus on where kids come from but where they are going.
Research demonstrates key findings of the positive influence of mentoring youth relationships. Youth with mentors are at less risk of engaging in delinquent problem behaviours such as school absenteeism, drug use, violence and crime, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary studies by replacing unsupervised hours with supervised hours with a qualified mentor.
KIDS NOW IS UNIQUE
Kids Now is unique because it mentors kids in the important life skills that are globally referred to as Social Emotional Skills. The skills that they discover in our programs elevate all other activities and learning, and will strengthen children’s emotional wellbeing to last a lifetime.