Bring joy to a child this summer.

Your donation will provide a child in need with nutritious food, educational activities, and opportunities to connect with new friends and mentors through United Way BC’s School’s Out Summer program.

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Join us in making a difference.

During the summer, many kids lose access to vital out-of-school support. 

This is where we’ve stepped in to fill the gap. United Way BC School’s Out Summer program:

✔ Strengthens mental health, understanding, and coping skills. 

✔ Helps establish healthy, long-term friendships.

✔ Provides access to healthy and nutritious food.

What is School’s Out Summer?

United Way BC’s School’s Out Summer gives kids access to summer programs that are critical for their emotional and social well-being, academic success, physical health, and overall well-being.

Most School’s Out programs are offered free of charge to students and families based on assessed needs. The results are astounding: 75% of children participating in School’s Out programming report improved health and wellness, and greater connectedness.

How your donation makes a difference.

1 in 7 BC kids live in poverty and cost is one of the main barriers to attending summer programming. With your help, we can make sure that all kids have access to the same support during the summer months.

Reconnection is everything for kids.

Confidence and self-esteem are essential to ensuring every child reaches their full potential. Learn from the kids themselves how School’s Out provided the guidance, friendship, and support they desperately needed.

Well-being during summer and beyond 

Discover how United Way BC School’s Out Summer Program at Salam Central is transforming traditional learning with innovative outdoor experiences, promoting confidence and a sense of belonging for kids and youth.

Safe spaces to learn and grow

Katie and Anna, both 12, head to their School’s Out program at Sanctuary, a pre-teen centre in Trail, for some much-needed ‘me’ time. The sisters pick up a healthy snack and then have 30 minutes of free time to connect with their peers and adult mentors before choosing their next activity: pottery for Anna, and learning to cook for Katie.

School’s Out SUMMER

Help bring joy to a child this summer.

Your gift of any amount will make a difference.

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