Making good on their slogan, How can we help you?, Coast Capital Savings (CCS) has sponsored Learning Is First (LIFT), a Vancouver School Board and Pacific Community Resources Society after school program. CCS has given the program $5,000 to use for LIFT's 2010-11 programs.
LIFT is a comprehensive after school "homework club" in the Broadway Midtown area of East Vancouver. Using over 60 trained volunteers, LIFT provides tutoring, mentoring, and recreation to youth who often don't have access to these important supports.
"Coast Capital Savings recognizes the important contribution that LIFT makes in the lives of the youth of East Vancouver and we are glad to help this program continue" said Maureen Young, Manager of Community Partnerships and Investment at Coast Capital Savings.
LIFT is able to target at-risk students who need help in the first years of secondary school to ensure they remain in school and graduate. Working with the Vancouver School Board and community partner staff, LIFT hopes to help 250 youth this year.
"We engage with youth from several secondary schools, including those enrolled in mini schools and alternative programs, "said LIFT coordinator Nathan Lusignan. " Using over 50 LIFT-trained volunteers we provide tutoring and mentorship to East Vancouver youth in grades 6 to 12, focusing on the pivotal grade 7 to 8 transition.
LIFT tutors are university students from University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Langara College who focus on math, science, and humanities. Site coordinators are BC-certified teachers with extensive youth-work experience.
Mentorship is provided formally and informally, through connections with tutors, as well as through group games that help to build group work skills. "It is important for our youth to have positive, young role models to look up to," said Luisgnan about the LIFT tutors.
LIFT consults with their young students to create a mentorship and recreation schedule which includes drug and violence workshops, career and inspirational speakers, hiking, healthy cooking, and a Junior Leadership Program. Students also get to have fun participating in special events including skating, hiking, and museum visits.
LIFT is entering into its third year of operation in 2010-11 and their objective is to expand their focus on enrolling and retaining New Canadians and youth from low-income families, and promoting youth leadership.
Programming takes place at Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Sir Charles Tupper Secondary and Thunderbird Elementary/Community Centre. In September LIFT will have a new site at Vancouver Technical Secondary.
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