Christie Lake Kids (Ottawa,, ON)

Name

  • Name:Natalie Benson
  • Title:Director of Fundraising and Communications

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Christie Lake Kids
  • Address:400 Coventry Road
    Ottawa,, ON K1K 2C7
    Ontario
    Canada

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:613-742-6922

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General

  • Mission:
  • Christie Lake Kid’s (CLK) mission is to enrich the lives and prospects of economically disadvantaged children and youth by providing quality year-round skills based programming. Since 1922, Christie Lake Kids has been responding to the specific needs of economically disadvantaged children and youth between the ages of 6-17 from the Ottawa area.

  • Overview:
  • Approximately 600 at-risk children and youth directly benefit from experiences in CLK programming each year both at our camp facility (located on Christie Lake near Perth, Ontario) and from our strategically located year Approximately 600 at-risk children and youth directly benefit from experiences in CLK programming each year both at our camp facility (located on Christie Lake near Perth, Ontario) and from our strategically located year round programming which is offered in various high-risk low-income communities in Ottawa. CLK currently offers programming which includes more than fifty hours of inner-city sports and arts based programming each week. These programs are strategically located within the communities we work to ensure that programs are barrier free to participation. Additionally we offer 6 weeks of summer camp and seven weekend camps during the school year which offers a wide variety of skill based programming at Christie Lake Camp.

  • History:
  • With a reputation built on 95 years of service, Christie Lake Kids receives referrals for and works closely with other organizations to ensure that we can meet the needs of high-risk, disadvantaged youth. We began in 1922 as a result of a criminal court judge who saw far too many youth in front of his court. It was clear to him that one of the main things these children had in common was their disadvantaged backgrounds. He envisioned equal opportunities for children and youth living in these situations and wished to offer barrier free programming. This is something CLK has held true to all of these years.

    CLK has delivered programs based on the “Active Pursuit" approach for over 50 years, developed by the renowned late Dr. Dan Offord, to ensure that we engage the children who are least likely to become and remain in organized programming. Active pursuit involves daily connections with each child and their family, assisting them to reduce barriers (such as lack of equipment, transportation, snacks, and funds for programs) experienced in sending their kids to inner-city Ottawa programs and at our camp facility.

    Our STAR program was formed as a result of Dr. Dan Offord who in 1980 conducted a demonstration project where a skill-development program in sports and arts was introduced into a public housing complex in Ottawa. This project targeted 515 children ages 5 to 15 years of age. Another housing complex across town served as the comparison site for the test model. The original intervention lasted for a total of 32 months and the results indicated that the program lowered community measures of antisocial behaviour in the experimental complex compared to the control complex. These measures included vandalism rates, police calls, fire calls, and referrals to the youth division of the police. The reductions in these measures applied to children and youth, not adults, and disappeared after the program ended. (Jones and Offord, 1989). With this terrific success, CLK put in place the Skills through Arts and Recreation program on a permanent annual basis which is now our largest program offered in the inner-city community.

  • Year established:1922
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Canada
  • CRA type:Charitable
  • Canada Business or Reg #:132784471RR0001