Brockville – A group of community builders have organized a Summer Program for Leeds & Grenville area students and young people.
Area students and young people that attended the Police sponsored program this past school year provided direction for this summer’s program. This was accomplished through a comprehensive survey of the youth attending the Stingers program.
The program is to be accessible, barrier free, sustainable, and adaptable for all youth in Brockville and Leeds & Grenville.
The leaders of this valued youth engagement initiative identified 5 key pillars to build a financially viable and engaging summer program.
Pillar #1 –Supervision of Summer Program – chaired by Sue Poldervaart RNJ Youth Services and Margaret Fancy – Every Kid in Our Communities of Leeds & Grenville;
Pillar #2 – Nutrition – chaired by Rob Adams of YMCA Eastern Ontario and Tim Andrews – Pastor of Youth and Young Adults –The Pier Church 2,
Pillar #3 – Regional Transportation – Nancy Hanna – Those Kids Are Our Kids& Margaret Fancy Every Kid In Our Communities
Pillar; #4 – Communication/Community Outreach Brent Ellis – Those Kids – Are Our Kids and
Pillar #5 – Financial and In Kind Support –chaired by Dave Thomas – Those Kids – Are Our Kids and Kathy Mac Donald – Homelife DLK Real Estate.
Sue Poldervaart of RNJ Youth Services lead the discussion with the full support of Stinger’s owners and operators Andrew Davis and Chantelle Pepin on June 13, 2019.
Leaders from the community and a variety of youth advocacy groups set a course for the Summer Program and established direction for a long-term program. The community support will ensure that there is long term success for youth engagement activities in Leeds & Grenville.
Volunteers from the community are needed to provide supervision, support and encouragement at Stingers on Tuesdays. If you can support this community initiative please contact Sue Poldervaart at 613-342-4238.
The Chairs of each of these sub committees will begin to build the summer program at Stingers and will continue to work with other community partners to build a long-term strategy for youth engagement in Leeds & Grenville.
The following community leaders will are committed to ensuring the Stingers Summer Program will occur.
Tim Andrews – The Pier Church – Youth Pastor and Young Adults
Rob Adams – CEO YMCA Eastern Ontario
David Beatty – Those Kids – Are Our Kids
Trish Buote – Executive Director – United Way Leeds & Grenville
Andrew Davis & Chantal Pepin – Stingers
Dr. Dwayne Dudgeon – Those Kids – Are Our Kids
Brent Ellis – Those Kids – Are Our Kids
Margaret Fancy – Every Kid in Our Communities
Sue Poldervaart – RNJ Youth Services
Beth Steele – The Bartholomew Street Community Hub
Jonathan Zinck – Brockville Police Service
Nancy Hanna – Those Kids – Are Our Kids
David Thomas – Those Kids – Are Our Kids
Stay tuned for further details on the program commencement date.