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After School Programs

The RAFT operates six After School Programs for youth, providing recreation, social activities and educational opportunities.


In partnership with over 15 different service providers, the RAFT operates six After School Programs for youth from ages 10-16.

The program provides fun recreation and social activities during their most vulnerable time of day- after school.

After School Programs offer free and accessible recreation, leisure and educational opportunities that foster independence and positive community relationships amongst the youth.

Each After School Program offers a selection of different free activities for kids to choose from. All activities are handpicked by the kids that attend - no two sites are the same.

Some activities include: gym games, drama activities, dance classes, cooking lessons, scrap booking sessions and special outings, homework help, self esteem and empowerment workshops and leadership groups.

The After School Programs are sponsored by:

Programs take place in local schools or community centres making it easy for youth to access these programs and making it easy for parents to pick up their kids after work.

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  • Manchester

    Manchester After School Program provides free access to recreation, education and leisure programs and services that promote healthier lifestyles and encourage academic success. This program is located at a community house on Manchester Avenue. Manchester After School Program fosters independence, self esteem and community spirit. Manchester After School Program provides nutritious snacks and offers free activities for kids to choose fr...
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  • Thorold

    Thorold After School Program provides free access to recreation, education and leisure programs and services that promote healthier lifestyles and encourage academic success. Thorold After School Program provides nutritious snacks and offers free activities for kids to choose from. All activities are handpicked by the kids that attend: scrap booking, martial arts, just for boys, not just homework club and much more. Prince o...
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  • Rykert

    In partnership with Niagara Regional Housing, the RAFT became the coordinator of Rykert's After School and Teen programs. These programs give the youth an opportunity to access free recreational, educational, and leisurely activities during the school year which helps encourages academic and personal success. The programs provide a nutritious snack to youth who attend as well youth are able to participate in a number of activities each ...
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  • Grantham

    Grantham After School Program provides free access to recreation, education and leisure programs and services that promote healthier lifestyles and encourage academic success. Grantham After School Program provides nutritious snacks and offers free activities for kids to choose from. All activities are handpicked by the kids that attend: cooking up fun, downtown drama, just for boys group, power 4 girls groups, unity games, leaders in a...
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