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第六班學子如何免費成為YMCA會員(只限卡加利)

獲得 NHL 北美冰聯卡加利火焰隊基金會 (Calgary Flames Foundation) 慷慨支持下,基督教青年會(YMCA Calgary)每年一度的第六班學子免費會員計劃今年延長了有效時間。

鍛鍊年青人德智體群美

給學生有正面及健康的運動,支持年青人鍛鍊德智體群美、提升領袖思維以及尋找運動興趣,預備他們即將面對的初中生活。自從2015年起,已經有一萬九千多名卡加利第六班學子受惠。

每一位成功註冊的學生均可在整個學年享有免費會員及參與活動計劃資格 (active programming)。

注意:2019-2020季度,所有第六班學生可以延長會員有效期直至2020年12月31日*(請查閱基督教青年會)。而2020-2021季度,會員登記已經在2020年8月1日展開。

*請留意新型冠狀病毒大流行疫情下有關計劃的變動。一切決定由卡加利基督教青年會 YMCA 作最終決定。

卡加利火焰隊回饋社區

這個計劃,是 NHL 北美冰聯卡加利火焰隊基金會眾多回饋社區之一。目的,是為青年提供一個安全的環境實踐及培養獨立性與健康生活習慣,從中建立社區歸屬感。

藉此,提醒各家長和學生,今年的第六班計劃已經在8月1日開始。換言之,今屆第六班學生有十三個月本地卡加利基督教青年會 (YMCA)免費會員資格。

家長們,儘管有疫情,但您仍可以先為子女登記。這計劃是希望養成學子良好價值觀,例如尊重、誠實、關懷及富有責任感。

祝大家心康體健。

以下為英文稿,資料由卡加利火焰隊提供:

Since 2015, the Calgary Flames Foundation and YMCA Calgary has empowered over 19,000 youth to explore their community while developing life-long skills.

“We want to provide youth from all backgrounds with unstructured opportunities to be recreational, which will, at that age, help form healthy habits,” Candice Goudie, E.D. the Calgary Flames Foundation, said.

While the program gives every grade six student in Calgary a free, one-year membership to the YMCA, it also means kids can get active, build healthy relationships and have fun.

For the YMCA Calgary, it’s been a resounding success.

“This has been one of the most important programs and collaborations in YMCA Calgary’s 118-year history,” Ken Lima-Coelho, VP of Community Engagement for the YMCA Calgary, said.

In 2015, the first year of the program, 2,466 youth took advantage of the free membership. Last year (2019), the number improved to over 5,000 students. That translates to nearly 1/3 of all grade six youth in the city.

That means 54,346 active hours of kids interacting with their community in a positive, healthy way.

Inclusive, easy and dependable

The membership offers to students from September to August, is available without any applications or other criteria. “It is literally for every grade six student who lives in Calgary,” Candice said. “It’s easy; it’s simple. We think it makes a lot of sense.”

For students that means simply going to the closest YMCA with a parent or guardian and proving they are from the city and are in grade six.

This is an inclusive program that parents can depend on to give their child new, positive life experiences.

According to the YMCA, 4 of 5 youth members wouldn’t have been able to purchase a membership.

To make sure the program remains easy to access and dependable, The Calgary Flames Foundation has dedicated $2.25 Million and pledged to support it through to 2023, guaranteeing an impressive nine-year life for the initiative.

Getting into the habit

Those hours of programming and dollars spent are just the tip of the iceberg.

From the beginning, both the YMCA and the Flames Foundation wanted to encourage positive habits and skills that would impact youth throughout their lives.

“Kids are finding a community; making good choices; setting themselves up for success, moving more and connecting,” Ken said. “They’re having healthier experiences in not only grade six, but seven, eight, and nine.”

In fact, one third of students who take advantage of the program are still members through to grade nine, according the YMCA.

Building confidence

Youth learn new skills, and it gives them confidence to take on new challenges; thus, they will be physically and mentally strong.

“Because they have membership, they get reduced fees on day camps and opportunities to take leadership or babysitting courses,” Ken said.

It’s these social skills combined with an active lifestyle that empowers youth and gives them a brighter future.

If you or your child want to take advantage of the program:

  • Head over to the youth membership page, or simply fill out the registration form online,
  • Bring it in to any Calgary YMCA location with a Grade 5 report card, school ID, or a signed letter from a teacher.

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