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How You Can Help
On average, Kids Up Front (Vancouver) provides approximately 26,000 experiences to kids and families from equity seeking groups in our community. Throughout the year, there are many specific experiences requested that we never receive the donations to fulfill. Our wishlist catalogue is a way for YOU to fulfill those unmet wishes and make smiles and joy a reality for a child, youth, or family facing barriers!
Why We Do It
Kids Up Front has a worthy mission to create joy, promote inclusion, and strengthen communities by connecting children and their families to enriching experiences. While fun and enriching experiences are commonly viewed as a luxury, in 1990, the Convention on the Rights of the Child set out by the United Nations was adopted. Article 31 of the convention states “… Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for culture, artistic, recreational, and leisure activity.”
Research has shown that recreation and leisure is an important part of mental health. Access to enriching experiences alleviates social issues, improves quality of life, promotes physical activity, and is overall beneficial (Baur & Tynon, 2012; Bedimo-Rung et al., Bricker et al., 2016; Chiesura, 2004; Powers et al.,2021). They create bonding experiences, community engagement and opportunity for equal access.
Other Ways to Help
Tickets: The experiences we provide rely primarily on in-kind donations of tickets, classes, and passes to local experiences. If you’ve purchased tickets to an upcoming event and can no longer use them, donate them to Kids Up Front!
Money: Our office operates with a small and mighty team. We wouldn’t be able to get these experiences into the hands of kids and families without the financial support to make it possible!
Time: We have virtual opportunities for volunteering available. Contact us to learn more!
Set Up Monthly Donations
As little as $10 a month can add up to a priceless gift for countless deserving kids. Donation is secure and easy through Canada Helps.