Growing Young Movers, in partnership with the City of Regina, is excited to announce it has been selected by Canadian Tire Jumpstart to receive a grant from their Sport Relief Fund. This fund helps community organizations like GYM to continue providing access to sport, recreation and play for Canadian kids. Specifically, funding allows GYM to continue offering after-school wellness programming at the mâmawêyatitân centre. This in turn provides positive after-school opportunities for elementary aged youth from North Central Regina to come alongside Scott Collegiate high school students employed as mentors. With the support of Jumpstart, GYM has expanded after-school programming to two new communities in Regina. Starting this fall, the Core Ritchie and Glencairn community centres will be home to GYM wellness programming. With this expansion, GYM is able to employ more Scott Collegiate students as mentors. In addition, the growth of GYM means graduates of Scott Collegiate will have the chance to continue working with our organization beyond high school. As these young leaders transition through high school and beyond, GYM will continue to be there to support.
“Our partnership with the City of Regina along with this funding will have a tremendous impact”, states GYM’s executive director Brian Lewis. “This means more elementary aged youth will have a chance to spend time with the tremendous mentors that work in GYM”.
Grade twelve student Tyrell is now in his third year working with GYM. “GYM is a place where I feel like I can be a kid again. Being a mentor for the kids is an amazing responsibility that I enjoy taking on”.
Shanaiah, a graduate of Scott Collegiate and current mentor at Core Ritchie sees a need for opportunities provided through GYM. “It’s important to be part of the community and teach and spend time with the next generation. I enjoy teaching and getting to know the children of GYM as they grow. I like giving to the children what I didn’t get when I was young.”
As one of over 1200 sport and recreation organizations across Canada to receive grant funding from Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund in 2021, the continued need for support is apparent. GYM and our partners recognize the need to build community through positive play and look forward to continued growth in the communities we serve.