NOTE: A list of grants announced today follows this release.
Young people are taking part in sledge hockey, mountain biking and other activities through After the Bell programs in the South Shore region.
Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, March 23, close to $20,000 of funding for after-school activities in Barrington, Hebron and Argyle communities.
“After the Bell is a great program for young girls to be active,” said Maddie Upton, After the Bell youth leader.
“Through after-school activities, I’ve learned new skills and met new friends, all while having fun,” said Nykola Selig, After the Bell youth leader.
After the Bell aims to increase physical activity in youth ages 12 to 15-years-old, with a priority to involve girls. Research shows just 21 per cent of girls meet the daily standard of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Last year, 79 per cent of the 1,958 After the Bell participants were girls.
“Sports, exercise and recreational activities are great ways to get moving after school,” said Mr. Churchill. “After the Bell provides our youth with opportunities to stay active today and lead a healthier life style.
Groups that receive After the Bell funding can decide which activities they would like to run based on the needs of their community.
Government is investing $282,000 in After the Bell projects in 67 communities across the province.