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Stretching Young Minds

We believe that during their formative years, children depend on the care and support of parents, family members and other caring adults within their communities.

ALT Club

Our after-school ALT Club program provides a safe and enriching environment to help students reach their required grade levels, particularly in math and English. It also allows participants to express themselves and increase their confidence through various art, literacy, and social activities.

  • For children ages 6 to 13

  • Offers individual tutoring in subjects children struggle within school

  • A safe environment to upgrade academic knowledge and social skills

  • Children engage in literacy, cultural and social activities

  • We partner with The Collective Elite (a basketball league), to tutor students in academic subjects, and inspire them through life and social skills training

  • 15 students attended the ALT Club in 2019

  • Run by volunteers and small donations

Contact Rhona at 905-455-6789 ext. 103 or email rhona@rootscs.org

Summer Camp

In a fun-filled environment, this program provides the opportunity for kids to develop personal and leadership skills, build confidence and improve their overall well-being. Through interaction, teamwork, and respect for self and others, the program helps children broaden their horizons and appreciate their environment.

  • 7 to 8-week program

  • Day camp for ages 6 to 16 from low-income families

  • An opportunity for older students to gain valuable leadership skills through our leaders-in-training curriculum

  • Funding to hire students through Canada Summer Jobs

Contact Rhona at 905-455-6789 ext. 103 or email rhona@rootscs.org

Student and Family Advocates

Student and Family Advocates support Black students and their families as they navigate the education system. Launched at Roots Community Services in May 2021, this initiative addresses disparities in educational outcomes due to systemic and structural barriers. Working from anti-Black racism, anti-oppression and cultural-safety lenses, the program promotes responsive education systems, positive student outcomes and increased student belonging.

  • Deliver services in the Region of Peel for students ages 6-18 and the in Region of Halton for students ages 6-23
  • Create a safe space for Black students and their families' voices to be heard
  • Provide culturally-responsive support to help Black students and their families develop solutions to meet their needs
  • Develop and offer wrap-around services to students identified to be at risk of not completing high school, and those involved with child welfare and the justice system
  • Provide leadership, advice and support to schools on anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination

Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services

Contact our Client Service Navigator at 905-455-6789 ext. 125 or email intake@rootscs.org

“We’re writing to express our profound gratitude to UACS [now Roots Community Services]. This program ensures children focus on learning and have meaningful learning experiences based on their developmental levels and prior experiences. These children are clearly important to UACS and they provide every opportunity for their success. On the whole, we have observed a dramatic improvement in our children’s school work.”
Claudette & Latoya

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