Pelham Parks Youth Room

Say hello to a new community and education-driven after school program at 61 Pelham Parks.

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Pelham Parks program is a new After School Program in collaboration with Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão Ubisoft Games and Toronto Community Housing. Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao Councilor (Ward 9-Davenport) approached BGC Dovercourt Club with a collaboration offer for running an after school program. “The Councilor [Ana Bailão] worked to bring government, agencies, community organizers and private business together to deliver something that would benefit future generations,” said Office of Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão Communications and Policy Assistant, Adrian Martins.

The planning process began mid-July. “We discussed the cleaning of the space, computers, furniture, painting of the space, posters, mural, target date to open, and the grand opening,” said Junction Triangle Clubhouse Program Director, Tony Palermo. “The process took longer than anticipated but it was always very positive and cooperative from everyone.”

This program is similar to Dovercourt’s After School Program as homework help, arts and crafts, snacks, STEM programs and computer programs will be available. However, the program differs from existing ones as it will operate in a Toronto Community Housing building and working with families in a priority community is the focus. 

This is the first time Dovercourt is partnering with Toronto Community Housing and Ubisoft. After School programs are integral in providing support and safety for working parents and providing a sense of community and friendships for youth. These programs help participants build key life skills like team work, leadership and confidence.

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