Parents’ guide to free extracurricular activities in Manitoba

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Do you want your child to become a leader in the future?

One way to help them grow is to let them take part in activities outside of school. Kids who join these activities can use their skills, learn new things, and make new friends.

These activities can also help them in many ways. They can help them do well in life. They can also prepare them for a good job or other chances.

The good news is that there are many activities that your child can join. The best part is, these activities are free.

  1. Cadets Program

    What kids will learn and get from it:

    • They will learn to work with others.
    • They will learn how to lead.
    • They will learn how to stay safe outside.
    • They will become more sure of themselves.
    • They will become fit and learn to look after themselves.

    Activities:

  2. They will do exercises, train in the field, and have outdoor adventures.
  3. They will have chances to help the community.
  4. They will take part in special events and parades.
  5. Who can join:

    • Kids from 12-18 years old.
    • They must be able to go to regular meetings and activities.

    Kids can choose to join the Sea, Army, or Air Cadets. The Cadet Program is paid for by the Government of Canada. Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces. They do not have to join the military. You can learn more about the Cadet Program here: Join the Cadet Program

  6. After School Leaders (ASL)

    What kids will learn and get from it:

    • They will learn to lead others and to organize.
    • They will become sure of themselves in speaking in public.
    • They will learn to work with others, solve problems, and talk to people.
    • They will get involved in the community. They will experience volunteering.

    Activities:

    • They will go to workshops on leadership and personal growth.
    • They will plan and do community projects.
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    • They will meet other kids and mentors.

    Who can join:

    • Kids from 14-18 years old.
    • They do not need any leadership experience.
    • They must be able to go to after-school meetings and activities.

    ASL Programs cover many interests. The program is paid for by the Province of Manitoba. To learn more about ASL and to register, go to this page: After School Leaders.

  7. Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) of Canada Learning Code

    What kids will learn and get from it:

    • They will learn from experts in technology.
    • They will meet other teens from all over the country.
    • They will learn to lead others and talk to people.
    • They will learn to use digital tools.

    Activities

    • They will take part in learning experiences.
    • They will organize their own Computer Science Club.
    • They must follow a Code of Conduct

    Who can join:

    • Kids from 13-17 years old.
    • They must be in high school.
    • They must have done activities involving computer science and STEM.
    • They must want to do new digital things.

    TAP is a program run by Canada Learning Code. It is supported by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Foundation. You can learn more about the program here: Code of Conduct. Kids can apply until September 30th.

 
Sources: Experiences Canada; and Child and Youth Programs, Province of Manitoba. Accessed September 6, 2023.

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Community Resources

For more after-school activities and recreation for kids in Winnipeg, please check: Recreation resources for school-aged newcomer children and youth

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