Kids On Track is a Christian community organization with a passion to offer hope, direction and support to children, youth and parents. We are purposeful in focusing on those families whose socioeconomic situations have made it difficult for them to access opportunities needed for optimal development of their young people.
ABOUT OUR CHARITY
Kids On Track had its beginnings in September of 1992 as a grassroots community outreach to low income families. Since 1992 we have expanded our programs to respond to changing needs and opportunities to support at-risk children in the community. We currently have over 400 children actively participating in our programs. Our volunteer base has grown to a team of over one hundred who contribute over 5,000 service hours a year!
As a Christian organization, our programs provide support for families of all faiths, cultures and circumstances. We serve the community at large, with a focus on at risk children and youth, low income families, and homes experiencing divorce and bereavement.
Our programs include a unique blend of social, recreational, educational and spiritual components. The parents and children develop relationships with the volunteers and staff who become mentors of children and youth.
Character Clubs – Schools in high-needs areas welcome the additional support offered through our Character Clubs. The clubs may include a nutritious snack, games, stories, and learning activities with a Christian growth emphasis. The children have the opportunity to make friends, develop supportive relationships with caring adults and experience a sense of belonging. Our staff and volunteers currently lead a weekly club at eleven high-needs elementary schools in Edmonton.
Family Fun Night – The monthly Family Fun Night is a significant gathering point for all of the kids attending the weekly clubs, as well as children who do not have a club in their school . A family meal kicks off this event with nutritious and delicious food shared around a family table. Clubhouse activities for the kids follows with a creative production of fast paced dramas, puppets, games and music and is designed specifically to promote Christian character development in children.
Parent Café – Once a month, we have opened the Parent Café, where moms and dads enjoy a coffee and dessert with other parents following the family meal at the Family Fun Night. Fun parent-driven activities are planned to give them a chance to unwind, share with other parents, and glean from experienced parents in the community. Guests presenters keep parents informed about family resources in the community.
Homebuilders – When children and parents are trying to make sense of what has happened in their home as a result of divorce or bereavement, Homebuilders can help. This 10 week class helps kids work through the anger and emotional pain and provides strategies to help them cope with their new family situation. Parents learn how to respond supportively towards their children in this period of adjustment.
Family Celebrations – When families are experiencing financial need it is difficult for them to enjoy a family celebration. Kids On Track helps by providing opportunities for families to celebrate at significant times of the year. Annual highlights are the Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Party with glow in the dark puppet musical, Mother’s Day Tea and Family Picnic.
Summer Day Programs and Camp Weeks – When school is out and kids are bored our summer programs offer affordable, fun, safe activities. Our day camps enable needy children to get out of their neighborhoods and experience all the wonderful places and activities that Edmonton has to offer. The summer culminates with a one-week camp filled with adventure, good food, and caring adults.
KOT Shift Youth — KOT Shift Youth is held every Friday night. Community youth have a place to meet new friends, go to recreational venues in the community, and get active. Recreational activities are structured to help youth develop positive peer relations and mentoring relationships with adult role models, all while having a whole lot of fun together.
Leaders In Training Experience – When youth are looking for a challenging, engaging opportunity to become involved in their community the LITE program is there for them. They work on leadership skills and character development that in turn will enhance their future career opportunities and current self-esteem. Training workshops, work experience and team building activities are all a part of the LITE program. Many graduates of our LITE program go on to become adult volunteers and summer staff. The summer heats up with camp outs, recreational activities, fundraising activities, extended leadership training, and work experience with the Summer Day Programs.
“We are building lives, one child at a time,” Linda Roussel, President
What People Are Saying
"“Being a single parent, I cannot begin to express how appreciative I am for having the program in our lives. My boy was once disruptive and discouraged. Because of Kids On Track, I now have a young man who is confident, self-assured, and an asset to himself and his community.”"
— Marie - single parent
"“I’ve learned that your feelings just are, you have to let anger out in positive ways, life has its sticky situations and has its good things too. Sometimes you need to talk. Your life can get tangled up, if you don’t forgive. Sometimes you need to accept things the way they are.” "
— Terra - Homebuilders Participant - age 13
"“The most important thing I like of all is when you help kids that have problems at home or when somebody is sick in the family. And I like when you tell us to not to smoke or to do drugs, that is when you tell us to have a good future." "
— Susan - age 8
"“I strongly endorse this program as a valuable and necessary program. The youth I encounter are often from low income and otherwise disadvantaged homes. Kids On Track has opened their doors to help these kids and by doing so are helping to build a safer strong community.” "
— Rick Cole—Former Constable Edmonton Police Services
" “Our students need all possible opportunities to be enriched by community activities. The club leaders are seen as mentoring adults to our children. This is a recipe for our children to build essential character assets for healthy citizenship.”"
— Janet Laddish—Inglewood Elementary School Principal
"“We support this organization because they share in our mandate to provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged and at-risk homes. Their work with children has been commendable. The staff and volunteers are people of integrity, purpose and vision. “ "
— Bruce Reith—Executive Director of Hope Mission