EDUCATE THE PUBLIC BY OFFERING SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS ON THEMES RELATED TO THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
Children Now organizes seminars and workshops with specialists dedicated to individuals in distress who are experiencing family conflicts. It is important to educate families, more specifically parents, on the issues related to the well-being of children and their families. By doing so, we ensure that parents have the necessary tools to provide the future citizens of our society with everything they need so that they may grow in a healthy environment.
Moreover, Children Now has designed an educational program called Leadership Now which is a program that aims to provide youth with sustainable leadership skills so that they may develop the necessary tools they need to have success in their future social, civic and academic lives. Some of the core-components of the program are; the importance of teamwork, leadership, emotional intelligence, and decision-making. A wide variety of topics are covered in the program including bullying, violence, street gangs, school dropouts, health, the importance of sports, the environment and how to succeed in high school.
PROVIDE ADVICE AND SUPPORT TO INDIVIDUALS IN DISTRESS THROUGH A CONFIDENTIAL TELEPHONE HELP-LINE
Children Now offers consultation services, support and advice to individuals who are experiencing family challenges. We assist and advise parents and children in order to support them during conflicts. The goal is to resolve problems and prevent possible consequences such as alcoholism, drug addiction, divorce, painful family break-ups, family violence, psychological or physical disorders, suicide and street gangs. We also provide assistance with difficulties related to child custody and access rights.
OFFER MEDIATION AND LEGAL INFORMATION SERVICES TO UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE
Legal information is available through our free help-line for low-income families so that they may be informed on their rights and obligations. Our professionals lend an attentive ear to all individuals who call; and either directly advise them or refer them to the appropriate services for their needs.
ORGANIZE CAMPS AND DREAM DAYS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN, ALLOWING THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN ENTERTAINING AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES THEY OTHERWISE WOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO
When poverty affects children and teenagers, the difficult living conditions and stress it generates is often associated with health problems, developmental delays, emotional and behavioural problems as well as difficulties at school. Poverty will prevent some of these children from reaching their full potential and participating in their community life.
Some key factors may promote equal opportunities for success and help thwart the negative influence of poverty on children’s development. It is important to offer all these children the same chances to develop, succeed in school and grow in good health. It is also necessary to invest in the areas of life affected by poverty by favouring participation and solidarity. By intervening early enough, in the right way, with the proper resources, we can partially restore the equality of opportunity for children who have lived their first years within a family in a low socio-economic bracket.
We also organize activities for underprivileged children because they rarely have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities which are essential for their social, emotional and psychological development. These activities provide a number of benefits for underprivileged children and allow them to hope for a better future. They reduce stress and anxiety, help develop self-esteem, increase creativity and academic performance, promote better interaction with peers and help develop social skills. Thanks to the benevolence of our donors and sponsors, we can bring these extraordinary events to life which are enriching the lives of so many children.
The five annual activities are: Winter Camps, Easter Parties, Summer Camps, Back to School - Equal Start Programs, and Christmas Shows. More than 1800 underprivileged children living in the Quebec and Montreal areas, suffering from the ravages of poverty, enjoy these activities on an annual basis.
The mission of Children Now is to help the most deprived and under-represented persons from our society express themselves: children. Our objective is to make their voices heard by everyone so that their well-being becomes a priority by the entire universal community. Our duty to our children is to make a difference in their lives. It is up to us to ensure their futures are bright.
TOGETHER FOR OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE!
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EXPERT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Lawyer and Family Mediator, (ret.)
Kamloops, British Columbia (Canada)
Family Medicine Specialist
Associate Professor, University of Montreal Clinic
Practices Social Pediatrics in Montreal North and Laval
Criminologist and Organized Crime Expert
Association of French Speaking Jurists of Alberta
(Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta)
Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Former Professor, Department of clinical and applied psychology (Medical University of Limpopo)
Pretoria (South Africa)
Social Worker and Accredited Family Mediator
Director, Consensus Mediation Center
Former Provincial Child and Youth Advocate
Alberta Children Services
Former President, Canadian Association of Social Workers
Former Vice-President for North America, International Federation of Social Workers
Edmonton General Hospital
Bestselling author and internationally recognized expert on organized crime
Professor, Università di Genova
Educationalist and Psychologist
Director of Student Services
Greater North Central Francophone School Board
Projet ESPOIR Coordinator, Mental Health Capacity
Building Initiative in Schools in Alberta
Information Management & Approval Centre
Edmonton Police Service
Children Now is a registered charitable organization whose goal is to advance the cause of healthy, united families in society. We focus most of our initiatives on prevention and education. Some of the phenomena we specialize in include divorce, family mediation, poverty, delinquency, school drop-outs, bullying, violence, street gangs, health and the environment.