ENSURING NO CHILD FALLS THROUGH THE GAP
The Beyond the Bell program works with children from low-income communities to help guide their academic development. Through literacy-based programming, Beyond the Bell provides affordable access to homework help, extracurricular activities and food security. It is more than just an after-school program; it is a space for children to express themselves in a safe environment. By building relationships with the children, their families and the school, Beyond the Bell strives to support the individual needs of the children in Regina. The program provides the children with the tools and support they need to help close the achievement gap and develop a stronger and more successful future.
YMCA Beyond the Bell focuses on important program areas:
- Enhancing numeracy and literacy
- Developing leadership and other skills
- Skill-building through recreation and healthy lifestyles
- Improving overall health and wellness
- Exploring culture and creativity
Positive effects on students are noticeable through increased school engagement, both attitudinal and behavioural changes, increased motivation, higher attendance rates, better work habits, increased cognitive skills and better overall classroom behaviour. High literacy skills are shown to propel students beyond good grades by leading them to obtain higher education attainment, increased annual earnings and to lower rates of unemployment, delinquency and crime.
If you would like more information on the Beyond the Bell program and how you and your organization can make a difference in the lives of children in Regina, please contact:
General Manager of Community Development Programs