Recreation and non-school skill development programs
have an important role to play in the healthy
development of children and youth. They can enhance
self-esteem, improve academic performance, strengthen
peer and family relationships, and reduce anti-social
behaviors, depression and anxiety.
outside of the classroom engage young people
and involve them in activities
that develop skills and abilities, provide peer
and adult models, promote the development of
positive values and relationships, and encourage
of competence and hope for the future.
at the Offord Centre for Child Studies have spent
over two decades studying the benefits
of recreation and skill development programs.
Their innovative work has led to important
public policy and community programming across
Canada and around the world.
What are the key
elements of a quality recreation program? How
do we ensure equal access to good
quality programming for all children? How
do we maximize participation for those who miss
the benefits because of financial or family
circumstances, background, location or disability?
How do we
promote high quality practices among organizations
grassroots community programs that work daily
with limited resources to benefit youth?
of the questions our researchers are examining
in their continuing efforts to improve the
health and wellbeing of children.