The Out of School Time (OST) Collaborative is a partnership of community groups, community leaders, service delivery agencies, and local institutions that have been working together since 2008. The OST Collaborative began in response to concerns raised by immigrant and refugee families and community groups regarding the increased need for specific supports and programs for their children and youth when they are not in school. The OST has evolved and expanded its focus to include out of school time programs and supports for immigrant and refugee children and youth as well as all children and youth experiencing social vulnerability.
Resiliency through quality, widely accessible out of school time programs.
A parent shared with us that their grade four child would come home every week and try to teach his older siblings new Somali words he learned at the camp. The youth was born and raised in Canada, and made friends with two youth who immigrated to Canada last year. After the first week they became best friends and started teaching each other about Somali culture and Canadian culture.
- Somali Canadian Culture Society of Edmonton
FAMILY AND YOUTH IMPACTS
Increased connectivity with their community
Increased academic success
Increased sense of belonging and identity
Become more engaged Edmontonians