Striving to create safe and inclusive spaces for children and youth to further their academics, practice their leadership skills and become more resilient . . .
Learning and Fun Afterschool Program
The Learning and Fun (LAF) afterschool program serves children from St. Lawrence and Bennetto Elementary Schools (Grades 1-8). LAF partners students one-on-one with volunteer mentors from Student Open Circles (McMaster University). Together, they work on their literacy, numeracy, and social in a safe and fun environment. Students are picked up by volunteers from their schools and provided a healthy snack to start the afternoon. Program participants are given access to a lending library, computers, games and sports equipment. LAF is made possible by the generous support of United Way Hamilton & Halton.
Children’s Financial Literacy
The Kids Can Spend, Save, & Share curriculum was specifically designed for LAF students to gain valuable financial literacy skills. Each day at LAF, students work on a financial literacy activity with their mentor, either as a group or one-on-one. What makes this program special is that children are able to learn about finances while earning a real allowance every time they attend. Children are given the opportunity to apply their learning by choosing what they wish to do with the money they have earned. Children’s savings are matched dollar for dollar, and they are also encouraged to share with other local charities. We believe learning how to have a positive, pro-active relationship with money is an important step to making healthy financial choices in the future.
Summer Day Camp
The Summer Day Camp at Welcome Inn is run in partnership with the City of Hamilton and is held at the Bennetto Recreation Centre. Our summer camp provides local families with quality, affordable and exciting summer programming for their children, cultivating an inclusive community for all. Summer Camp runs during the entire month of July (9am-3pm) from Monday to Friday. Campers, ages 5-11, participate in group games and activities, arts and crafts, dress-up days, counsellor challenges, swimming, and an incredible weekly outing. Older children are invited to volunteer and further develop their leadership abilities.