East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club
Our Impact Why We Exist
In our community we know that close to 30% of our families our living below the low income cut-off, that we have a higher than city average of children and youth under the age of 24 years and that 32% of families are lone parents. We know that between 3pm and 6pm that there is an peak in youth crimes. This we know, but, we also know that children and youth who are engaged in programs in place that allows thems to develop their skills and abilities, likes and dislikes in a safe environment, can go on to thrive.
Our vision for East Scarborough is that children and youth in East Scarborough discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successfuil and active participants in society.
Our mission is to be a trusted partner building successful families in our community by providing a safe, supportive place where children and youth and families experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, develop positive relationships and build confidence and skills of life.
Our Story What We Do
For over 60 years the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough have been providing programs and services in our community for children, youth and their families.
The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough evolved from an organization established in 1956 as the Scarborough Police Youth Club. The agency became a Boys Club in 1961 and a Boys & Girls Club in 1978. From 1956-1982, the agency functioned as a community outreach program.
A ten year capital fundraising campaign, together with the assistance of the former City of Scarborough, enabled the establishment a 13,000 sq ft permanent facility at 100 Galloway Road. In 2011, to keep up with the demand of for more space to accommodate more participants, we were happy to create almost 9,000 sq. ft. including a recording studio, partial second floor and a new gym.
In 1998 the club served a primarily recreational function. Since that time the agency has pursued a determined approach towards providing accessible quality early childhood development and educational programming through subsidized childcare, Ontario Early Years Centres, special needs consultation, afterschool and camp programs for children 6-13 years and many youth programs that support their development in leadership, education, careers, health and wellness and so much more.
The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough seeks to provide neighbourhood solutions to identified community and social needs through our over 20 locations throughout the community. We provide a holistic approach to our prevention mandate. We address all facets of child, youth and family development through a continuum of service.
Our Programs How We Do It
The Club we provide a variety of program for children & youth ages birth -19 years. They include:
Early Years Programs & Services (Birth- 6 years)- Providing programs and services for families with children birth- 6 years of age. The early year's programs focuses on the developmental stages of the child, encompassing early learning and literacy, school readiness, parenting support and prenatal information.
Licensed Child Care Services (18 months-12 years)- Offers full day and before and after school care. All program include a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack each day, school readiness programs, homework support delievered by Registered Early Childhood Educators.
Special Needs Consultations (Birth-12 years)- Support the inclusion of young children with special needs in Licensed Child Care Centres through early intervention, prevention and training.
Children & Early Teen Services (6-13 years)- Provides after school, camp and full day programs. Participants in these programs will have the opportunity to engage in many different program areas including academic support, sports & recreation, social & life skills development and a variety of specialty programs within a safe and supportive environment.
Youth & Community Outreach (13-19 years)- Provides access to a wide range of programs and services that provide opportunities to participate in activities that promote social/life skills, academic attainment, leadership development, civic engagement and sports & recreation skills.
Volunteer Services- Volunteers play a critical roles in the development and delivery of the Club's programs and services. we encourage volunteerism in all areas of the Club, including fundraising and the Board of Directors. Volunteers share their skills, knowledge and talent to support Club staff, children, youth and families, while acheiving a sense of satisfaction from being and active part of the community.
What You Can Do
There are many ways that you can support the Club:
1. Volunteer- The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough is always looking for talented and driven individuals who would like to support children and youth by sharing their time, experience and skills. If you would like to find out how you can volunteer visit our website at www.esbgc.org/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Donate- The work that we do at the Club could not be done without the generous donations of individuals, foundations and companies who share our belief that secure our future we need to invest in our children and youth. If you would like to donate to the Club and the work that we are doing in Scarborough please visit www.esbgc.org/donate or contact the Resource Development Coordinator at (416) 281-0262 x299.