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Nurturing and Supporting At-risk Children

Edmonton’s Crystal Kids Youth Centre will receive a boost to its support and mentorship programs, thanks to Budget 2019.

Nurturing and supporting at-risk children
Premier Kenney and Minister Aheer with kids and staff from Edmonton’s Crystal Kids Youth Centre.

Government is investing $75,000 in the Crystal Kids Youth Centre to assist with additional staff and other costs for delivering intervention and prevention programs to Edmonton’s inner-city children.

“Our government is proud to be making important investments that support our most vulnerable, including at-risk youth. This announcement is further evidence that we are continuing to support vital social programs that make a difference for Albertans.”Jason Kenney, Premier

“Crystal Kids Youth Centre provides a solid foundation for kids that will help them work towards a bright future. Many children face unimaginable hardships, and Crystal Kids is there every day to give them stability and strong, caring role models. We are proud to support this amazing work that gives children a sense of belonging and a safe space to learn and grow.”Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

The Crystal Kids Youth Centre serves children aged six to 19 who are disadvantaged at home and marginalized in the community. The organization provides nutrition, literacy and educational supports, life-skills coaching, and athletic and artistic programming that help children make healthy life choices. The centre served 606 kids in 2018.

“We are both excited and grateful to receive this grant from the Community Initiatives Program. Crystal Kids is a liberation force embedded in Edmonton’s inner-city community. We work with over 260 at-risk children annually. We liberate children from the shackles of hunger and neglect by providing nutrition and critical mentoring. Our mentoring builds capacity, bolstering their resolve to defeat the enemy of generational poverty. This grant will make it possible for Crystal Kids to continue this invaluable work.”Miri Peterson, executive director, Crystal Kids Youth Centre

Budget 2019 invests $61.2 million in the Community Grants Program for non-profits to deliver social, recreational and cultural programs and support to Albertans.

Quick facts

  • The Community Grants Program provides essential funding to about 1,200 non-profit organizations each year.
  • There are more than 26,200 non-profit organizations in Alberta.

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