RBC donates $2.5 million in total to 94 after-school programs
New study shows participation in after-school programs improves
academic, social and lifestyle skills
TORONTO, October 12, 2010 The RBC After-School
Grants Project announced today that it will provide $2.5 million
in funding to 94 community-based organizations across Canada.
The grants program, now in its 12th year, supports after-school
programs that offer children with a safe, supervised environment
for activities outside the classroom.
"Participation in after-school programs help students
enhance their academic performance, social behaviours and
motivates them to excel in school," said Shari Austin,
vice-president, Corporate Citizenship at RBC. "These
grants help after-school programs provide engaging, enhanced
activities that are crucial to keeping kids safe, inspiring
them to learn and grow, while alleviating some pressures for
According to the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash
Faculty of Social Work, there is evidence high quality after
school programs foster self esteem and teamwork as well as
academic and athletic improvement which can be linked to lower
drop out rates and improved social skills.
Preliminary research from a University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash
Faculty of Social Work study, commissioned by RBC, suggests
programs for younger children that offer diverse, fun activities,
structured learning and have approachable, dedicated instructors
help create optimal environments to grow and learn. Whereas
for teenagers, they benefit greatly from after-school programs
that focus on social and employment skill development as well
as exam preparation. Programs that are culturally sensitive
were also a key factor for both groups.
"Research tells us that increased supervision for children
after school positively correlates with lower levels of delinquent
behaviour and substance misuse," said Faye Mishna, Dean
of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University
of Toronto. "With the funding from organizations like
RBC, many after school programs are able to provide important
benefits to children, youth and their families."
The University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social
Work study is ongoing and a final report will be available
in early 2011.
RBC After-School Grant recipients represent a diverse range
of community based organizations, and were chosen by members
of the community. Each program will receive up to $40,000
from RBC and there are 19 first time recipients.
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 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
RBC has been funding after-school programs since 1999 with
more than $22 million given through 750 grants to 212 different organizations
that have helped almost 24,000 children over the past 12 years.
For more information, visit www.rbc.com/community/donations.
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For a full list of recipients go to: www.rbc.com/newsroom/pdf/2010AS-Grant-recipients.pdf