All that kids can be is a focus area where we look to improve access to early childhood learning and developmental programs, to help children and youth do well in school and complete high school. Our aim is to support youth in making healthy transitions into adulthood and post-secondary education. It’s important that activities, both fun and developmental, be available to youth of all ages.

Some of the related programs that The United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk supports are:

Letters, Sounds & Words Program – This program supports children ages 5-7 who need a literacy boost. Children work one-on-one with trained volunteers playing games designed to teach letters. the sound each letter represents, sight words, and how to build words.

Youth Mentorship Program – Children are matched with a mentor who they spend time with, building relationships while gaining leadership skills and self-confidence.

In-School Mentorship Program – Youth are matched to an in-school mentor that provides weekly sessions that encourage active living, balanced eating, staying in school, and feeling good.

Parenting after Separation/Divorce – Parents attend an educational course about the negative effects of separation/divorce and how to cope. Positive parenting strategies are taught to help keep the children out of their parent’s conflicts and to maintain a healthy relationship.

n’Courage Girls’ Club – An after school program for girls aged 10-13 which focuses on enhancing self-esteem, healthy relationships, and life skills through crafts, guest speakers and other events.

Parenting and Life Skills Group – This weekly group provides support while educating and engaging participants with relevant parenting topics and community guest speakers.

Over 8,800 donated school supplies were distributed to children and youth in 2018 to help them start the school year with supplies they need to succeed.