Boys 4 Real
After-School Program for Gr. 7 Boys in Vancouver
Boys 4 Real is an after-school program in Vancouver offered at selected schools 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 violence. 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.
There are two session 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. Both programs are presented by YWCA Metro Vancouver 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 both facilitate and deliver the program, as well as share stories, 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 assume responsibility for social and community issues.
For more information, contact
Coordinator, Youth Education Programs
YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
tel 604 895 5793
fax 604 684 9171
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