The Comox Valley chapter of the Boys and Girls Club will again present the national club’s Parenting Without Power Struggles program; an education and group support program for parents of preteens.
Over 10 weeks, parents have the opportunity to explore adolescent development, respectful communication skills, boundaries and parental self-care. The program encourages parents to build on their family strengths, gain confidence in their parenting, and discover practical ideas on how to prepare for the transition from preteen to teen.
Most importantly, parents receive support from other parents who are experiencing similar issues. The next session of this program will run Thursdays beginning Sept. 27.
• New for the fall is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Parents in the Know program.
This is a 10-week education and group support program for parents of teens who want to develop new skills and knowledge while increasing their confidence as a parent.
The first session will run Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25.
• BGCCVI – Comox Valley also offers a mentoring program for boys and girls aged eight to 13, offering youth opportunities to experience mentorship and peer-based programming in a safe, comfortable group setting.
Youth can be referred to the program through parents, youth workers, social workers, teachers and counselors. The referrals are reviewed by the program co-ordinator and facilitator to ensure a good fit. Contact the clubhouse for information on days and times.
• Are you a 12- to 15-year-old who wants to gain and use the skills needed to be a leader?
The Boys and Girls Club Youth Leadership Program is for you! This program is led by skilled facilitators who have developed a curriculum that includes the OneSmartWorld program while offering both activities and discussion on topics that the youth decide on.
Starting Oct. 15, this program will run on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 at Lake Trail School. This program is free with a Boys and Girls Club membership.
To register, download the form from www.bgccvi.com and fax, e-mail or drop off the form by Oct. 1. For more information, e-mail Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on these or any of the BGCCVI programs, phone 250-338-7582 or visit www.bgccvi.com.
— Boys and Girls Club