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Boys 4 Real

After-School Program for Gr. 7 Boys in Vancouver and Surrey

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Boys 4 Real youth program

Boys 4 Real is an after-school program offered at selected schools in Vancouver and Surrey to help Grade 7 boys with their transition to high school, which can be challenging and complicated.  Activities include games, small group discussions, skits and a community service learning project. Themes explored include masculinity, media and healthy relationships. Through these after-school activities, our students will be able to feel more confident and prepared for their transition to high school and will have the skills and knowledge to be able to engage in positive decision-making.

We run two sessions per year, and each session runs once a week, for 2.5 hrs per session over seven weeks. The fall session runs October to December, with volunteer recruitment beginning in September. The spring session runs February to April, with volunteer recruitment beginning in January.

Boys 4 Real runs parallel to Welcome to My Life (in Vancouver) and That's Just Me (in Surrey), which help Grade 7 girls transition to high school. The programs are presented in partnership with the Vancouver School Board and the University of British Columbia's Learning Exchange.

For each program two university/college students, a High School Mentor and one mature volunteer known as a Wisdom Champion Mentor, are present to facilitate and deliver the program, as well as to share stories and personal experiences and provide advice that will help encourage girls to be more healthy and confident, encourage mutual respect between girls and boys as equals, and encourage girls and boys to work together to assume responsibility for social and community issues.

For more information, contact

Samuel Ramos
Coordinator, Youth Education Programs
YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
tel 604 895 5779
fax 604 684 9171

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