Katarina was in foster care most of her life.
She had been placed into care because her home environment wasn’t safe in any way, shape or form. She had suffered every form of abuse imaginable.
At the age of 15, Katarina was first introduced to BGCC when she came to live at one of the agency’s group homes. She lived there until she was 18.
Squeals of delight from more than 100 children filled the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Hangar, which was turned into a winter wonderland by the local WestJet team.
WestJet Cares for Kids, the company’s community investment program, gave their passion and energy to host a fantastic holiday party for BGCC kids and their families.
Just when we thought the last box had been unloaded from the several vehicles that arrived at our Penbrooke Club Wednesday afternoon, there was more.
Enerplus, a Calgary-based oil and gas producer, delivered more than 2,700 much-needed items that the company employees had collected. Items range from toys, baby goods, clothing, bus tickets, food, sporting equipment and backpacks.
On November 15, 2012 the highly-anticipated National Philanthropy Day luncheon was presented by RBC at the BMO Centre on the Stampede Grounds. National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside once a year to recognize great contributions of...
A recent survey shows that Aboriginal youth identify their parents and schools as the greatest supports they have in their academic journey. The survey also revealed that having a family member, parent or guardian involved in the child’s...
At the young age of 13, Meagan is a shining example of Calgarians who give back to their community.
For her 13th birthday Meagan decided she was going to help others. She wanted to hold a fundraiser for the charity of her choice – Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.
“I realize that some kids in Calgary don’t have the same opportunity to play sports and be involved in the things they are interested in,” wrote Meagan in a letter to her school asking permission to hold the fundraiser. “Some people don’t even have a place to sleep or stay for even one night.”
“And that breaks my heart.”
Sarah* credits her new found love for and success in her educational endeavours to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary Hera program.
Hera – named after the Greek goddess who was said to be sexually exploited but had the strength to choose a better life – offers adolescent girls who are at risk of sexual exploitation and their families various opportunities.
Hera aims to help youth experience success, overcome adversity and learn a variety of new skills through its unique educational programming, which is done in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education.
Sarah joined the Hera program in January 2012. At that time she was dating a significantly older man who was a drug dealer and worries, had she not been given the tools to realize the danger of this relationship, she might have ended up becoming a prostitute.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary has been making headlines recently. Numerous programs and initiatives have been featured by the supportive media outlets in Calgary. Check it out!
On Nov. 10, 2012, the 8th annual Splash of Red Gala raised more than $330,000 to benefit vulnerable youth of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC).
Participants at the Maestro Program graduation ceremony are proof the program is making a difference – just like Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary thought it would.