Learning together and having fun
A poll conducted by Insights West in partnership with United Way of the Lower Mainland, found that 93% of parents say their kids learned something new at after-school programs.
For fellow grade six student Jvan, Sticks and Stars has boosted his confidence, inside and outside of the gymnasium.
“It’s has changed my way that I look at hockey, because I used to not be the biggest fan of sports,” he says.
It has also encouraged him to try new things.
“If you don’t try new things, you may get bored,” he says. But when you try new things, you explore more and maybe, you’ll learn new things from the new thing that you tried!”
Graeme Bray is a program leader with Sticks and Stars. He sees how one of the program’s greatest strengths is the positive, inclusive environment it creates for the boys, where every participant learns from the others.
Every session, they all have the opportunity to try new things, test their skills and role model for others.
“They are having fun, they’re learning all of these social and emotional skills,” he says. “The younger boys look at [the older boys] and say – ‘That’s how I’m supposed to act.’”