Published October 10, 2018 18:00
Everyone has a fundamental need to belong. At the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, our vision, mission, and core values guide our work each day and highlight our role in ensuring that all participants feel supported, respected, and that they have a voice. Part of how we do this is through safe supportive environments, positive relationships, and inclusion.
Inclusion is based on the interaction of all people, celebrating strengths and diversity. Inclusion impacts well-being, fosters connections, and shows children and youth that they matter and are valued. Inclusion increases positive outcomes such as physical and emotional safety, confidence and resiliency.
Club programs are designed to embrace the principles of equality and inclusion with a focus on the strengths and capabilities of all individuals, demonstrating our belief in the potential of all kids. Through flexible, strengths based, individual centered and collaborative service delivery, we assist participants in defining and working towards their goals.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs strive to ensure that our programs are adaptable. We regularly review and address accessibility barriers whether it is transportation needs, physical space, or communication to make our programs and services available and accessible for all participants.
Club staff ensure that children, youth and families have meaningful input into program planning and goal setting to support their growth and encourage success. Through program operating standards, accreditation, peer reviews and other feedback, we are able to constantly assess and adapt our programs to best meet our participant’s needs.
Caring, qualified, supportive staff are role models promoting inclusion, interaction, and building positive relationships. We advocate for our participants and recognize the importance of collaborative partnerships working with families, schools, and other involved agencies and individuals. Club staff are able to access training, workshops, and take part in committees to stay current & up to date on issues, strategies, and best practices to ensure successful, positive experiences and meet the needs of all children, youth and their families.
Through our inclusive approaches, each day at Club locations throughout the Okanagan we recognize and celebrate diversity and its role in our mission to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Promoting inclusion and diversity is one of the many reasons that the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are a ‘Good Place to Be’.