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YMCA Strong Kids

Through the YMCA Strong Kids campaign the Y welcomes kids from all backgrounds and abilities, providing places where they can learn, play and delight in the simple pleasures of childhood.

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Closing the achievement gap for school children

YMCA Beyond the Bell program is a highly successful after-school and summer program, featuring literacy, numeracy, nutrition and recreation. It focuses on closing the academic achievement gap experience by children from low income areas versus their middle-income peers.

A Crucial Milestone
Reading at grade level by Grade 3 is a crucial milestone that predicts future school success – including the likelihood that a child will graduate high school.  Three-quarters of children from low-income neighbourhoods fail to meet this milestone. That’s far more than their middle class peers, which is why this difference in academic success is known as the achievement gap.

Beyond the Bell Report Card
Beyond the Bell works with students in Grades 1 – 5 to provide the support they need to succeed.  We measure the programs success each year, by measuring student improvement.

Learn the very real difference Beyond the Bell makes in children’s lives. View Beyond the Bell Report Card.  

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Beyond the Bell is helping arm our most at-risk children with the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and be successful in school and life.

For more information contact:
Christina Martin
Senior Regional Manager, YMCA School Age, Day Camp & Community Outreach
P: 905.317.4901
E: christina_martin@ymca.ca