A program started just in time for summer. It is organized by the Family Resource Center and bicycles, scooters and skateboards are made available to children that they might otherwise not be able to acquire.
Danielle Stewart, administrative program assistant, says that urban Indigenous youth should be the recipients and outlines what that entails.
“We received special funding to provide some outdoor recreation equipment,” says Stewart. “We’re rolling it out in a couple of weeks so they can get the items for the whole summer. Families must identify themselves as Urban Aboriginal, which means they live on the reserve and favor low-income families. “
She notes that they put younger children at the top of the list.
“Then, as resources and demand allow, we will continue to expand the number to include school-age children and older youth,” Stewart continues. “It belongs to you. We hope to make it an annual event, assuming funding is in place next year. We’ll see how this year goes.”
They work with other organizations in the city including ROK, Portage Friendship Centre, Youth for Christ and CFS.
“If you have kids at school, we really want you to reach out to the outreach facilitator at that particular school,” Stewart adds. “You know this program. You have the necessary form to fill out. If you only have younger children and none of the children are still in school then you can definitely come to our Family Resource Center and we can fill out the forms or if there is an agency you are more involved with – for example ROK, Friendship Centre, Youth for Christ Youth Unlimited, Walk and the Friendship Center – you can go to them and fill out a form.”
Stewart says once they receive the numbers and information they will contact families to let them know if they qualify for the equipment.
“And then at the same time we give them the pick-up details as well,” adds Stewart.