KidsPlay Foundation is proud to be working with the Surrey Eagles Hockey Team to share the game of hockey with diverse communities. Yesterday, over 30 youth and their families from KidsPlay experienced high level hockey, while celebrating the Chinese New Year.
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KidsPlay has always been a strong believer in early childhood development. The real change in youth attitudes, behaviour and thinking begins at that stage. This was the reasoning behind starting youth mentorship programs in local elementary schools.
We began our first program in Surrey, BC. It was run by a senior KidsPlay mentor with a martial arts background. In speaking with school administrators, it was determined that an all girls program at that school would be beneficial. The mentor began running weekly karate classes. This is also comprised bringing in various local keynote speakers, which helped build rapport with the children and instil good values.
We would take the kids on multiple educational field trips as well. All of this was done free of cost to the school and the families. The majority of these girls, many of whom had never engaged in organized sports or physical activity, went from no martial arts experience to winning competitions by the end of the year.
One of the letters we received from a parent stated, “My daughter was always quiet and sad. I work two jobs and could not register my daughter for extracurricular programs because lack of time and financial hardship. I have seen my child’s self confidence blossom since beginning your program. I used to cry tears of sadness, now it’s tears of happiness”.
One of the children participating in that program was Nausheen. Nausheen also thrived in that environment. It was always our aim and objective that youth participating in the mentorship program would someday come back as mentors. Nausheen proved its possible. She was recently featured on the front cover of the Surrey Now Leader (link below)
Thank you Surrey Now Leader for this article, explaining all the great work being done by the KidsPlay family. Thank you Surrey School District for the remarkable opportunity to make a difference. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers making a difference in the lives of others. It takes a village