The new Jumpstart after-school program is now being offered in seven schools throughout Saskatoon.
At each location, participating students in grades 4 to 7 gather for the program three times a week. The program provides sport and physical activity opportunities for students and incorporates a leadership development opportunity for secondary and post-secondary students.
University students enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education and the Indian Teacher Education Program act as mentors by planning and leading these after-school programs.
In addition, high school students work as youth leaders, where they receive guidance from university mentors in developing their leadership skills.
“Community partnerships are invaluable for providing opportunities for our students’ growth. With Jumpstart’s initiative, we have come together on a program that supports not only our students in developing healthy habits, but also develops our next generation of leaders,” said Ray Morrison, chairperson of the Saskatoon Public Schools’ Board of Education.
“I really can’t say enough about the Jumpstart program and what it means for students who participate,” added Diane Boyko, chairperson of the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools’ Board of Education.
“It’s about so much more than getting kids active. I see students grow in confidence and build their self-esteem. They start to realize their own potential for success.”
The program is funded by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and launched in partnership with the two respective Saskatoon-based school divisions and Give Kids a Chance Charity.