Free To Grow

The Free to Grow Program nurtures the physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being of children and youth by funding recreational and life-skill opportunities such as sports, arts, camps, driver's education training and leadership development. Beginning in September 2020, Free to Grow will also be funding mental health counselling for children and youth, as well as providing educational workshops for parents.

 

Participating in recreational and life-skill development activities, along with supportive mental health counselling allows children and youth to:

 

  • develop their talents, interests, and passions;
  • enhance their personal growth and development;
  • build resiliency, as well as self-worth and confidence;
  • foster the skills they need to reach their full potential;
  • are beneficial to their well-being.

Why Do We Exist?

Because we believe that all children and youth should be given the same opportunities in life. By providing the children with these experiences we are not only encouraging a healthy lifestyle but also the opportunity for skills and social development, friendships, and community engagement.

How We Make a Difference:

  • Provide financial support for the activity of the child’s choice
  • Encourage children to try new experiences, and develop their talents, interests and passions.
  • Allow children to continue in the activities they love even when times are tough for their family.
  • Help kids enhance their personal growth and development by learning valuable life and social skills, developing friendships and engaging in their community.
  • Partner with local organizations and companies who want to help the children within the community.
  • In September of 2020, we will be expanding our program and piloting mental health counselling support.

2019 Facts

  • 1,381 children were funded to participate in 2,170 activities;
  • 300 music, drama, art activities were funded;
  • 430 camp outings were enjoyed;
  • The most popular activities are camps, swimming, soccer, gymnastics, and dance;
  • The average household income of applicants was $18,475.

 "I love hockey and the competitive side of it. I also like the exercise on the ice which makes me feel good and makes me become a better skater." (age 11)

"My favourite part of summer camp was having a campfire, eating fried oatmeal, and having a sleepover." (age 12)

"I sincerely thank you for the financial support given to my son for the football program. He has excelled in this sport on the field, as well as taken some of the lessons and applied them to everyday life. He has made several friends from his team, of which I would expect will be lifetime relationships." (from a mom)