DEPTH OF OUR SUPPORT
There is a correlation between parental incarceration and children performing poorly in school, developing mental health and addictions issues, and future criminal justice involvement and incarceration. EFry offers pragmatic support to address the immediate needs of children with incarcerated parents through the Storybook Program, Small Fry Boutique, Christmas Toy Bank, and Lunch with Santa. Deeper level personal support is provided through personal development activities such as EFry’s JustKids programs.
PERSONALIZED SUPPORT INTENSITY
Deeper level assistance is available for children whose caregiver enrolls them in
programming designed to improve systemic poorer life outcomes.
LEVEL 1 – Blue Sky Summer Camps provide week-long opportunities to make friends with others in similar situations and master new skills and experiences designed to foster leadership, problem solving, and communication skills.
LEVEL 2 – Blue Sky Spring Break Camp, for children who have participated in a previous camp offering, provides an opportunity to catch up with camp friends and counsellors, return to familiar surroundings and build upon previously learned skills, and master new ones.
LEVEL 3 – Children enrolled in the Saturday Club having ongoing relationships with JustKids staff and attend bi-weekly Saturday Club activities. These children have attended one or multiple years of camp and participate in peer-based activities related to education, sport, and crafts designed to foster psycho-social skills and academic achievement. Older teenaged Saturday Club members are eligible to attend Blue Sky camps for younger aged children as counsellors in training.