The Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin launched the new Rogers Raising the Grade program November 6th, 2012. (see press release in November 8 issue of the Pipestone Flyer) Wetaskiwin is only 1 of 25 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout all of Canada that is offering this program that is specifically designed to provide youth with after school enhanced supports and diverse learning opportunities.
Justin Wieclaw, Education Program Director at the Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls Club and coordinator of the new program feels the youth of Wetaskiwin have access to a very unique opportunity. “This is a program that is focused on the youth. If there is something they want to do we will help.” The basement of the Boys and Girls Club facility has been equipped with 16 state-of-the-art computers loaded with selected software that will become, “A place for youth to come to do homework, projects and including resumes for summer positions”.
The new program is available to youth ages 12 to 19. “The program is free. It’s a drop in. A first come, first serve. They can come and check it out and if they want to continue to come in there is a registration form to fill out. We want it to feel more like home for the youth. Here we can interact with the youth. We have a high focus on technology that is used to help youth with homework, research and other learning opportunities.” Youth will have facilitated access to all information sources the software and the internet have to offer.