REACH Edmonton

A summer initiative aimed at giving vulnerable youth much-needed support increased in size for the fifth year in a row, offering programming to more children than ever in 2018.

The Joint Use Summer Access Program connects community group that want to offer summer programming to spaces in schools during the summer months.

This plays a pivotal role in helping children and youth become more actively involved in their communities, experience greater academic success and develop an enhanced sense of belonging and identity.

The program is coordinated in partnerships in partnership by the City of Edmonton, Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord, Edmonton Catholic School District, Edmonton Public School Board and REACH Edmonton.

“This is a preventative and collaborative approach to building safer, healthier and more vibrant communities,” said Jan Fox, executive director of REACH Edmonton.

In 2018, the program provided space in 36 schools to run 32 programs in partnership with 21 groups. This provided high quality programming to 3,324 children and youth.

“These groups are building their capacity and improving their ability to deliver programs that are recreational and educational, while reflecting the needs of the community,” said Fox. “In giving students the tools they neeed to succeed in school in their community, these partners are helping promote resilience and build brighter futures for Edmonton’s children and youth.”