East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (also known as BGC East Scarborough) has been serving communities since 1956. Each year the Club provides service to over 6,000 children and youth in over 19 locations throughout the East Scarborough community. Our Club strives to meet the changing needs of our community so, over the years we have evolved from offering primarily recreational programming to utilizing a determined approach towards providing accessible quality social, educational and recreational programming through our Early Years Services, Licensed Child Care Services, Inclusion Services, Children & Early Teen Services, and Youth Services.
We have a long history and much experience serving racialized communities and strive to meet the changing needs of the people we serve. As a community service agency, we always seek to provide a holistic approach as it supports children, youth and families to pursue healthy lifestyles, personal competency, self-esteem, social and cultural integration and a sense of belonging.
Our vision is to serve children, youth, and families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough (Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park). Through quality programs and services focusing on culture and arts, education, mentorship, life skills and more, we hope that the Club can enable our children and youth to grow into healthy, engaged, and successful members of society.
We have spent the years building creditability and trust with the BIPOC communities. Globally countries are moving in the direction of pushing their youth to be ready to take advantage of the new and emerging economies. Our goal is to build on our historical accomplishes and create an ecosystem of problem solvers and innovators to actively participate as change makers for the opportunities here and to come.
The Club serves a multiethnic community comprising of visible minorities and racialized children and youth of the following subgroups which include but is not limited to the African diaspora, Indigenous, and South Asian. With such a diverse community, our agency remains intentional in creating and delivering quality programs and services that are inclusive and reflective of the community we serve.
How your gift will be used
The areas that the organization serves are identified as having higher-than-average poverty levels and lower-than-average provision of social services and programming compared to the rest of Toronto.
Your generous gift will greatly impact the following areas:
Education: To provide materials and equipment for our before and after school programs, so children have the resources they need to learn and grow.
Culture and Arts: To provide the opportunity for children to participate in programs promoting expression of arts (e.g. painting murals, designing culturally inclusive art work).
Food Security: To support families with food security through our food hamper programs, or supports program development for children and teens.
STEM / Technology: To provide access to technology and resources in a safe space for the children and youth in our community.