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


Community-based programs help build self-esteem, confidence

TORONTO, September 13, 2006 — As part of its ongoing commitment to children and education across Canada, RBC Foundation will be providing more than $2 million in funding for 72 of Canada’s leading after-school programs for the 2006-2007 school year. The recipients represent a diverse range of community-based organizations from across Canada, 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 $15,000 and $40,000 from RBC. Twenty-two 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 $12.6 million given through 395 grants to 139 different organizations that have helped more than 11,000 children over the past eight years. For more information, visit

RBC’s 2006-2007 After-School Grant Recipients:

British Columbia
Bella Coola Elementary School, School District #49 *
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vancouver (Kimount Club)*
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vancouver (North Burnaby Club)
City Reach Care Society
College Of New Caledonia *
Hastings-Tillicum Elementary Community School *
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House *
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House *
Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre *
Strathcona Community Centre *
Visions Athletic - Grandview /?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School *

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 Wetaskiwin
Diamond Valley & District Boys & Girls Club
Heartland Youth Centre *
Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre
YMCA Calgary *

Al Ritchie Community Association *
Battlefords Boys and Girls Club
Big Brothers & Big Sisters Association of Lloydminster *
North Central Family Centre
Saskatoon Boys & Girls Club (McNab Community Centre) *

Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg - Dalhousie Club
Boys & Girls Club of Winnipeg - Freight House Club *
Flora House *
The Pas Action Centre *

Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area *
Boys and Girls Club of Peel (Mississauga) *
Braeburn Neighbourhood Place *
Quinte Community Learning - Bridging the Gap *
Christie-Ossington Neighbourhood Centre *
Community Arts & Heritage Education Project
Community Microskills *
Crouch Neighbourhood 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 *
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 *
Toronto Chinese Community Services Association
Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club *
UrbanArts Community Arts Council *
Youth & Family Resource Network of Essex County *

Carrefour communautaire St-Paul - Secteur Sainte-Therese *
Dawson Community Centre (Centre communautaire Dawson) *
les enfants de l’espoir de Maisonneuve
L’Hôte Maison (maison de jeunes) *
La Maison des Jeunes L’Ouverture*
la maison Tremplin de Longueuil
Milieu éducatif La Source *
L’Oasis des enfants de Rosemont
Toujours ensemble*

Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s Boys and Girls Club *
MacMorran Community Centre

Nova Scotia
Chebucto Boys and Girls Club
Family SOS Healthy Kidz Klub *
Halifax Community YMCA *
Our House Youth Wellness Centre *
St. George’s YouthNet

New Brunswick
Atlantic Health Sciences (The Resource Centre for Youth) *
Miramichi Boys & Girls Club *
Prince Charles School *

Prince Edward Island
The Adventure Group *

*Indicates a multi-year recipient


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