In The Community

 

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver supports a number of child-focused community organizations and programs. The following are some of the programs that we have supported in the past few years.

Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC)

The BYRC is a drop-in centre located on Vancouver’s busy Broadway corridor. It provides vital services to youth including information on housing and employment, alcohol, drug and mental health counseling and basic adult education. The BYRC also organizes a Youth Advisory Group which encourages teens to participate in volunteer activities. Since 2005, funding from Kiwanis Vancouver has enabled the Centre to upgrade its kitchen facilities and create a mobile computer lab.


Guardian Athletic Society

The Guardian Athletic Society works with inner city school by providing professional track and field coaching for students.


Genesis Vancouver

The Genesis Vancouver program provides an alternative route for at risk youth to complete schooling. The Vancouver club establishes a computer lab to provide a Graphic Design course and experience as well as math and reading programs.


KidSport

Kidsport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. KidSport believes that all children should be given the opportunity to develop healthy lifestyles, no matter the financial, physical or language barriers that may exist.


Literacy Programs

Kiwanis Vancouver members visit inner city elementary schools and bring along books for the schools’ libraries. While at the school, members take the time to read to, and get to know, the students. Both Strathcona Elementary School and MacDonald Elementary School have been beneficiaries of this program.

Additionally, the Club established a resource center for the Vancouver Learning Disabilites Association which provides resources for at-risk learning disabled children, their families, professionals, teachers and the general community.


Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals

For the last 50 years, the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver has supported the VKMF which is dedicated to the encouragement, instruction and celebration of young musicians in Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. For more information, visit www.vkmfestivals.org.

 

 

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