Making it possible for kids to be all that they can be

Did you know…

… 29% of young children are experiencing developmental difficulties

…20% of youth have not completed high school after 5 years

These are staggering facts. United Way is committed to supporting children and youth along the path to achieving their potential. By supporting programs that offer young children quality early experiences we can help set the stage for their life long learning and behaviour.  Our investment in programs that focus on the development of life skills and healthy relationships, we are enabling youth to realize their potential and become responsible for their future.

How we are supporting change

We have made three-year grants available to enable more stability for programs.

We have invested in 12 programs that support more than $5,625 children and youth.

We are a partner in the Red Deer Early Years Coalition in their efforts to build community awareness on the importance of the early years.

We have promoted in the importance of early childhood and positive youth development through our newsletter and social media.

Making a difference

Al (who just had his 88th birthday) and his little brother Ethan, had been matched in the 2012/13 school year. They had a great time together playing games, getting to know each other and meeting once a week at Ethan’s school.  Over the summer they started to miss their time together and approached our staff and asked about going into our Traditional program.  This way they could experience more things together and have more time to match.  They have been enjoying each others company ever since. Al and Ethan are a success story of how the experience of mentoring in the schools can evolve into a long term friendship.  Al is being honored with Big Brother of the Year on December 11, 2013 at our Christmas Banquet. He is a great example to all of us that giving a little makes a BIG difference.

Funded Programs

Bashaw & District Support Services provides home support for assistance to people with disabilities or seniors still in their own homes and family wellness programs to support children from birth to 18 years of age and their families.

  • Family Wellness Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe serves the youth (age 6-17) in Lacombe and District through the provision of quality one on one volunteer relationships and other related programs.

  • In School Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka provides mentoring programs for children to have opportunities to experience the very real benefits of having a mentor in their lives through in school mentoring, one on one, couples and big bunch matches.

  • Mentoring in Ponoka and Rimbey

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District provides direct service to children by matching adults and children in quality mentoring relationships.

  • Mentoring programs

Boys & Girls Club of Red Deer positively impacts the lives of youth through healthy relationships and quality experiences through the Kids Club programs and Camp Alexo.

  • Camp Alexo
  • After School Kids Clubs

Butt Ugly Anti-Tabacco Program Society  provides programming that promotes youth development, building positive social skills including leadership assets, skills in group process and facilitation, public speaking and presentation skills and the capacity to resist tobacco.

  • Butt Ugly Core Program

Heartland Youth Centre provides a variety of youth programs that endeavour to develop and nurture the life skills of youth through BBBS programs and Boys & Girls Club.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Caseworker
  • Rainbow Program

kcs (formerly known as Sylvan Lake Kindercare) operating in Sylvan Lake to provide early childhood development, early intervention, and school readiness, family supports for children/youth with developmental delays, supports for adults with disabilities, summer day camps, and work practicum for high school and college students, referral and follow up.

  • Early Learning for Young Children

Ponoka Youth Centre Association offers nine programs for children and youth ages 6-17 years in a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

  • Out-of-School Programs in Rimbey and Ponoka

Rocky Youth Development Society operates as the Clearwater Boys & Girls Club and provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can be involved in physical activity, experience art and creativity, personal and interpersonal skills, learning, play, discovery and friendships.

  • Out-of-school programs

Sundre and District Nutrition for Learning Society offers a breakfast and snack program for all students in Sundre.

  • Breakfast and snack program