Kids Now builds self-esteem and leadership skills in grade 7 & 8 students to help them become confident, resilient youth who can transition successfully into high school and prepare for a brighter future.
Bullying, peer pressure, stress and anxiety are issues young teens face today. Many lack the coping skills to deal with these situations and often need somewhere to go for support and guidance. Many teens, particularly those from lower income, higher risk neighbourhoods, come from homes that do not provide a consistent, supportive environment with positive role models. Kids Now aims to fill this gap by mentoring kids at this young and vulnerable age to believe in themselves, set goals and prepare for better success when they move into high school and beyond.
Kids Now is a free, after-school, in-school, 12-week curriculum-based group leadership program. Led by volunteer mentors and in collaboration with participating school principals, weekly sessions include:
- Building self-confidence and self-esteem
- Developing communication & relationship skills
- Resolving conflicts, dealing with bullying and peer pressure
- Managing stress and improving mental well-being
- Goal setting
About Our Charity
Kids Now has been inspiring leadership, building self-confidence, and coaching kids to make positive choices through free after-school, group youth mentoring programs. Created in 1999 by a Canadian educator who saw a need to complement the existing school curriculum with life skills development, the Kids Now program has made a meaningful, lasting difference in the lives of thousands of Canadian kids. Led by volunteer coach-mentors, many of whom are employees from leading companies, the Kids Now 12 week program features an educator-endorsed curriculum, which includes educational games, activities and group discussions that teach leadership, anti-bullying, dealing with peer pressures and family issues, goal-setting, effective communication, conflict resolution and other valuable life-success skills. Find out more online: wwww.kidsnowcanada.org