Last year, the Ottawa Network for Education invested more than $4 million in programs that provide targeted learning support, improve student well-being, and help secondary students make informed choices and transition successfully to post-secondary studies and fulfilling careers.
Each school day, the Ottawa School Breakfast Program provides 13,500 students in 191 schools with a nutritious breakfast and the chance to start their day ready to learn and on equal footing with their peers. That’s over 2.5 million meals per year that are absolutely crucial to the health and well-being of our children and youth.
Last year, the Substance Abuse and Youth in School Program provided 1,400 students and 200 parents across all 4 school boards with school-based counselling. In addition, 5,848 high school students, over 8,000 middle school students, and over 2,500 parents participated in substance abuse education and prevention sessions.
The Ottawa Volunteers in Education program brought 1,637 volunteers from the community into classrooms to provide one-to-one and small group support to 52,075 students with learning challenges, early literacy and numeracy deficits, and other complex needs.
JA Ottawa recruited 472 volunteers from Ottawa’s business community to deliver programs and hands-on learning experiences for 7,572 students in grades 5 to 12. These programs engage kids in real-world tasks to teach them about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness.