On October 3rd, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) announced a five-year, $100 million “Believe in Kids” pledge to support a wide range of programs dedicated to the well-being of kids and youth. Since that date, RBC has donated $7.4 million to after-school and children’s mental health programs, announced Career Launch, a program to provide young people with community experiences and core workplace skills, and became the title sponsor of Sports Day in Canada.
In the west end of Parkland County and Parkland School Division, the commitment of RBC became a reality when RBC donated 35,000 dollars to Parkland School Division to be allocated for an After School Program at Seba Beach School. The program is delivered as a partnership between RBC, Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area.
The After School Program is hosted at Seba Beach School, however it is accessible to all of the students in the WEST (Wabamun, Entwistle, Seba Beach and Tomahawk) schools. The program started in the third week of September, with monthly calendars being sent out to inform members and participants the details of programming that will be available.
The range of activities are vast and vary from day to day, as they are geared to specific age groups and are focused on providing students with a structured, supervised and safe environment to work on skills and build self esteem.
Here is a small list of the programs that are offered:
- Sports activities
- Art activities
- Leadership and mentorship training.
- Safety Training
- Citizenship and Social Skills activities.
The staff, students and parents of Seba Beach School are excited about the possibilities and outcomes of the After School Program and look forward to continuing our work with RBC and Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Edmonton.