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Girls Got Game

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Building resilience amongst diverse populations helps to strengthen community cohesion and increase a sense of wellbeing. Options Community Services Society, in partnership with the City of Surrey, have received four years of funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation for a new program focused on improving the overall health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee girls aged 9 to 13.

“The Girls Got Game program gives young immigrant and refugee girls an opportunity to try new activities that they might not have experienced before.  Through the program activities they’ll uncover values such as diversity, teamwork, and leadership while building strong community connections and friendships.”  - Brianna Collis, City of Surrey Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

The ‘Girls Got Game’ after school program will:

  • Provide positive recreation experiences
  • group workshops which help to develop physical literacy,
  • build confidence and strengthen connections with other girls and the community.

Each year of programming the girls will be invited to a week-long summer camp to solidify friendships and strengthen the girls’ connection to their community.

Contact Nasrin Ali nasrin.ali@options.bc.ca, Girls Got Game Youth Facilitator to register. Each cycle for the program is 17 weeks and there are approximately 12 places in each group. Registration is now open for Fall sessions. 

How we'll measure success

  • Increase in the number of participants reporting improvement increase in confidence and wellbeing.
  • Increase in the percentage of participants attending regularly
  • Increase in participants’ sense of connection with peers and the community

Girls Got Game Partners

  • Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Options Community Services Society

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