RBC Financial Group Provides $1.7 million For After-school Programs

As part of its ongoing commitment to children and education across Canada, RBC Financial Group will be providing almost $1.7 million in funding for 60 of Canada’s leading after-school programs for the 2005-2006 school year. The recipients represent a diverse range of
community-based organizations from across Canada, and were chosen by panels of
local citizens.
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.
“We believe the best after-school programs should complement the formal
education that children receive in the classroom,” said Stephen Voisin,
executive director, RBC Foundation. “When kids have a chance to participate in
activities outside the classroom in a structured and safe environment, there
can be a marked improvement in their self-esteem, and that’s a gift that lasts
forever.”
Each after-school program will receive between $15,000 and $40,000
from RBC. Fifteen are first-time grant recipients, with the remainder having
received grants in previous years. RBC has been funding after-school programs
since 1999, helping over 5,500 children with 117 grants totaling more than
$10.5 million. For more information, visit www.rbc.com/community.

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