Originally starting in the United States, and coincidentally in Britain around the same time, The Boys and Girls Club has been helping young people grow into productive citizens since the mid to late 1800’s.
Around 1900 is when the Canadian version started. It was a safe after school club for youth, mostly boys at that time.
The Club’s original message was “to give youth a chance to have some recreation and to see beyond the confines of their immediate situation.”
In 1929, under Vernon Mc Adam, the National Executive Director, there were 30 individual clubs. Eventually, in 1948, they achieved official status as a non-profit organization. In 1974, what started off as the mostly boys club, eventually included more girls as well, now properly making it The Boys and Girls Club.
Fast-forward to present day, The Boys and Girls Club has provided programming for close to 3 million young Canadians, in the almost 100 years it has been around.
Clubs today still contribute to young people, by helping develop important skills going into adulthood. The Clubs are located in a variety of locations around the county, from big cities, to small towns, as well as First Nations reserves, with a continuing goal to produce happy and productive adults out of great children. This is now done through purpose built facilities, allowing time better spent on the individual needs, helping kids grow to their full potential into the 21st century.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton will be hosting their 13th year of Wing Fest, at 7 p.m., this Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the Big Brother Big Sister office, or at Kennedy’s on William St. South. Tickets, for the dance portion only, are $10 each.
Don't miss this opportunity to support a great community work and have a lot of fun doing it!