Posts Tagged: Youth

At Salvation Army camp kids smile a lot, are relaxed and enjoy plenty of laughter

Kids Flourish at Camp Scotian Glen

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During the week of July 7 – 13, 2014, close to 100 children, ages seven to 12, travelled from the Halifax area to Thorburn, N.S., where they bunked in cabins at The Salvation Army’s Scotian Glen Camp, located on the banks of the Sutherland’s River. At camp kids smile a lot, are relaxed and enjoy plenty of laughter.  “My friends and I knock on the walls between our rooms,” says Destiny, who has attended camp for six years. “We have secret codes and make up jokes.” Though the weather was

Salvation Army sends kids to school with backpacks full of dignity

Salvation Army Sends Kids to School with Backpacks Full of Dignity

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While stores promote new back-to-school supplies, thousands of children in Canada are reminded of what they don’t have. “For low-income families, money in the household goes to food and basic necessities,” says Major Russ Holland of The Salvation Army’s Vancouver Community and Family Services. “Once again, The Salvation Army is excited to help families in need with the high cost of going back to school.” From July 14 to August 11 The Salvation Army in British Columbia will raise funds and school supplies for 5,000 kids in need. In partnership

High-risk parents overcome barriers at The Salvation Army

How One Donor is Empowering High-Risk Parents and Their Children

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At an early age, E. Neville Ward learned the importance of helping children caught in the grip of poverty to reach their full potential. “My mother, Kathleen, was a Home Economics teacher who believed in the importance of nurturing children and youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds,” says Neville. “She witnessed first-hand how poverty affects a child’s capacity to learn. She was encouraged to see The Salvation Army at work in her small town giving hope to families in crisis. So, donating to The Salvation Army was a good fit for

Salvation Army in Regina provides and delivers lunches to at-risk students

Ensuring Kids Don’t Go to School Hungry

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“There isn’t a lot of food in my house,” says one Grade 5 student who receives a healthy lunch from The Salvation Army in Regina, Sask. “Sometimes there is nothing in our refrigerator, so if I didn’t get lunch I’d be hungry.” In Canada, as many as one in seven children go to school hungry. They are helpless victims of poverty who don’t have the choice of packing a lunch or buying one at school. The Salvation Army recognizes that child hunger is a critical issue and, last year, provided

Thrift store helps at-risk teens get workplace skills

Montreal Thrift Store Helps At-Risk Teens Get Workplace Skills

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Within the past year, The Salvation Army St. Hubert Thrift Store in Montreal, Quebec, has opened its doors to eight teenagers, providing them hands-on work experience and exposure to the retail environment. But, these are not your average teenagers. They are a group of youth who have endured a difficult past by being exposed to neglect, physical and psychological abuse, or have faced major family problems such as poverty and domestic violence. They are a few out of the thousands of children being rehabilitated by the Montreal Youth Centre –

Helping Youth Succeed

Helping Youth Succeed

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As the cost of living increases, larger portions of family budgets are being diverted away from children’s after-school activities to necessities such as rent and food. Extracurricular programs help youth transition into adulthood and realize their full potential. By being active and socializing, children develop life skills and improve their overall mental and physical well-being. The Salvation Army believes that every child deserves equal opportunity to succeed. In many of our programs across the country, we provide children of all ages and economic background with a safe place to play,

Salvation Army Junior Hockey Scores with Youth

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The Salvation Army in Richmond Hill has been involved with hockey for many years. With costs increasing the league ensures it is community based and inclusive. Sponsorship and equipment drives help ensure the league is accessible to anyone in the community that wants to play!

Hunger hurts Canadian children

Hunger Hurts 300,000 Canadian Children

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Children who grow up in poor families are more likely to struggle in school, have poor mental and physical health, and will have a harder time realizing their full potential as adults. More than 850,000 Canadians access food banks each month and one third of those seeking help are children. That means hunger affects 300,000 Canadian children. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue and that children are its innocent victims. In 2013, across Canada, The Salvation Army provided close to 105,000 meals to children through its

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Hockey Haven Helps Kids Beat the Streets

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Eighteen-year-old Calvin grew up in Winnipeg’s North End where he was surrounded by gangs, drugs and kids with nothing to do who terrorized people. “The streets are dangerous,” says Calvin. “Programs like The Salvation Army’s Midnight Challenge are more important than ever.” “We started the program more than two decades ago when gang violence was at its peak,” says Mark Young, ministry director. “The situation on Winnipeg’s troubled streets remains volatile. Pressures to join gangs are immense. In many cases, they provide young people with the only place they feel

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Empowering Vulnerable Families and At-Risk Students

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“Richmond Hill, Ont., is listed as one of the fastest growing and culturally diverse communities in Canada,” says Matt Delaney, sports and recreation outreach coordinator and restorative justice facilitator for The Salvation Army in Richmond Hill. “In a 2006 Canadian census, there were a reported 11 visible minority groups and 13 religious groups that made up the town of Richmond Hill.  These numbers are rapidly increasing, with the population expected to pass the 200,000 mark by 2015. “With these numbers comes a fast growing diversity of needs.  The Salvation Army