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RBC provides $2.6 million for after-school programs across Canada

Community-based programs help build self-esteem, confidence

TORONTO, September 5, 2008 — RBC Foundation today announced that it will be providing $2.6 million in funding for 95 of Canada's leading after-school programs for the 2008-2009 school year. The recipients represent a diverse range of community-based organizations, and were chosen by panels of local citizens.

"According to a 2007 report by the United Way and University of British Columbia, after-school programs have a positive impact on the lives of young people. But 80 per cent of kids who wanted activities to do after school said they either didn't have access to programs or didn't know where to find them," said Shari Austin, vice president and head, Corporate Citizenship at RBC. "These grants will help more after-school programs provide a safe and structured environment outside the classroom where children can learn and grow."

To be selected for a grant, after-school programs must offer structured and supervised activities for children between the ages of six and 17. The programs must also focus on what RBC calls the "three Ss"— safety, social skills and self-esteem. RBC's grants are used to provide a wide-range of activities including computer instruction, sports, literacy tutoring, music and art lessons, nutrition guidance, and homework-help.

Each after-school program will receive up to $40,000 from RBC. Twenty-five are first-time grant recipients. RBC has been funding after-school programs since 1999 with more than $17.4 million given through 566 grants to 182 different organizations that have helped almost 17,000 children over the past ten years. For more information, visit www.rbc.com/community/donations.

RBC's 2008-2009 After-School Grant Recipients:

British Columbia
Bella Coola Elementary School, School District No 49 *
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver (Kimount Club)*
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver (North Burnaby Club) *
Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops *
Hastings-Tillicum Community Elementary School *
Khowhemun Elementary School, School District No 79
Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association *
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House *
Strathcona Community Association *
Squamish Elementary School, School District No 48
Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Society
Twin Rivers Elementary School, School District 20
Visions 180 Athletic at Grandview /?Uuqinak'uuh Elementary School *
Wickaninnish Community School, Tofino - School District No. 70 *

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (Pineridge Club)
Boys & Girls Club of Diamond Valley & District (Turner Valley) *
Boys & Girls Club of Edmonton (Rundle Club) *
Boys & Girls Club of Slave Lake *
Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County *
Boys & Girls Club of Wetaskiwin *
Boys & Girls Club of Whitecourt and District
Cochrane Youth Association (Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area) *
Heartland Youth Centre *
Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre *
Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club
SPEC Association for Children and Families

Al Ritchie Community Association *
Battlefords Boys and Girls Club *
Big Brothers & Big Sisters Association of Lloydminster *
Bishop Roborecki School *
Boys & Girls Club of Yorkton

Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg (Dalhousie Club) *
Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg (Norquay Club) *
The Pas Action Centre *
William Whyte Community School *
Winnipeg Inner City Missions of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (Flora House) *
Wapanohk Community School, School District of Mystery Lake

Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough *
Boys & Girls Club of Kingston *
Boys and Girls Club of Niagara (St. Catharines)
Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (Britannia Club)
Boys and Girls Club of Peel (Mississauga) *
Braeburn Neighbourhood Place *
Community Arts & Heritage Education Project *
Cross-Cultural Community Services Association *
Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre *
Delta Family Resource Centre *
Durham District School Board - Durham Continuing Education
Eastview Boys and Girls Club
Fort Erie Public Library *
Kemptville and Area Youth Advocacy Committee *
Langs Farm Village Association *
National Capital Region YMCA / YWCA *
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (Scarborough) *
Onward Willow - Better Beginnings, Better Futures Community Centre *
Quinte Community Learning - Bridging the Gap *
Ralph Thornton Community Organization
St. Christopher House *
St. Leonard's Society of Toronto *
San Romanoway Revitalization Association *
Somerset West Community Health Centre *
Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures *
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office
Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs *
Township of Lake of Bays (Baysville) *
Tri-County Literacy Council *
UrbanArts Community Arts Council *
Wesley Urban Ministries *
YMCA of Greater Toronto (Mississauga)
YMCA of Sault Ste Marie

Action Jeunesse St-Pie X de Longueuil (Maison de jeunes Kekpart) *
Carrefour communautaire Saint-Paul-Secteur Sainte-Thérèse *
Centre d'amitié autochtone de Val-d'Or
Club Garçons et Filles de LaSalle/Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle
les enfants de l'espoir de Maisonneuve *
L'Hôte Maison (maison de jeunes) *
La Maison des jeunes Par La Grand'Porte
la maison Tremplin de Longueuil *
L'Oasis des enfants de Rosemont *
Saint Columba House *
Toujours ensemble *
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre *

Newfoundland and Labrador
MacMorran Community Centre *
St. John's Native Friendship Centre *

Nova Scotia
Boys and Girls Club of Preston
Boys and Girls Club of Spryfield *
Family Service of Support *
George D. Lewis School, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board *
St. George's YouthNet Society *
South Shore Family Resource Association *

New Brunswick
Atlantic Health Sciences 2 (The Resource Centre for Youth) *
Boys and Girls Club of Moncton
École Régionale-de-Saint-André, School District 3
Prince Charles School *

Prince Edward Island
Boys and Girls Club of Summerside

*Indicates a multi-year recipient

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For further information, please contact:
Beja Rodeck, RBC, Media Relations, (416) 974-5506


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