G.Y.M. after school programs take place at three locations (mâmawêyatitân centre, Core Ritchie and Glencairn neighbourhood centres). Youth are engaged in various experiences that enhance social, emotional and physical well-being. Our G.Y.M. facilitation teams ensure all youth are included and feel a sense of success. This program is more than simply getting youth active after school. Movement and wellness are evident in the experiential opportunities we create, however the over arching goal of the program is to develop 21st Century living skills.
We believe to achieve these living skills, youth need opportunities to further develop Personal and Social Responsibility. G.Y.M. programming follow the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) teaching model (Hellison, 2011). Hellison’s teaching model focuses on developing high levels of responsibility through physical activity and movement opportunities. TPSR is a well-established instructional model that has been acknowledged as an exemplary approach to stimulating responsibility through physical education and after school youth programs (Metzler, 2005).
G.Y.M. programming is intergenerational. We believe youth development takes a team approach. G.Y.M. is equally important to the younger youth as it is to the Indigenous mentors, the volunteer university students, and the site facilitators and our connected First Nation Elders. All participants of G.Y.M. programming have a voice and are provided the opportunity to share. Participants also share through self-reflection. After each experience, our site facilitation team tracks responsibility levels of the youth around areas such as elf-control, self-direction, and compassion. Our staff also complete a weekly self-evaluation.
Growing Young Movers After School Programs
Program runs from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM daily.
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