Happy New Year from the Staff at Kids On Track.

Programs are back and we can’t wait to connect with you again this new year.

Family Fun Night

January 11, 2020
5:00 Dinner
6:00 Activities
THEME: ANGER CONTROL
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Active Families
January 18, 2020
1:00-4:00 PM
SNOWSHOEING
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Winter Carnival
February 1, 2020
1:00-4:00 PM
Parkview Community League
9135 146 St
FREE!
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Family Fun Night and Parent Cafe

Family Fun Night is a once-a-month gathering where we eat family-style around the table then split off into activities. Each month the kids and parents alike learn strategies and life skills around the chosen topic in creative and fun ways!

Kids Clubhouse

  • Action Songs
  • Puppets
  • Skits
  • Creative Storytelling
  • Fun and Games

Parent Cafe

  • No bored parents here!
  • Not a lecture
  • Empowering parents
  • Encouraging one another and sharing parenting ideas
  • Coffee, tea, dessert

The 2020 Theme: “How To Train Your Emotions” playing on the popular How To Train Your Dragon franchise.

January 12- How To Train Your Anger

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Volunteering with Kids On Track isn’t just giving KOT support- it’s becoming part of a community!

Check out some opportunities below:

  • BUS DRIVERS: Do you have your bus license and your S Endorsement? We need you! Various times and days available- once a month, or every week, we can use you!
  • OFFICE FACELIFT: Do you have great painting skills? Can you cut in like nobody’s business? Does painting a wall give you a sense of satisfaction? We are giving the KOT office a facelift and need some painters!
  • RECEPTIONIST: Do you have some extra time on your hands? Are you pleasant on the phone? We need people to answer phones! Come, read a book, an answer our phones! The system is simple, and easy to use.

Contact Franc at 780-481-2942 or franc@kidsontrack.org

More Than Just a Show

The Kids On Track Christmas Celebration has become a much anticipated event in the West Edmonton community. Each year we host a pizza party and a glow-in-the-dark musical, performed by the youth of Kids On Track. They begin practices in September, giving countless hours to perfecting the black-light special effects. This year was our biggest cast yet, with 25 people coming together to make it all happen. Not only do they act and dance, but the cast records the show as well, so the voices you heard are our very own in-house talents!

 

This year’s show, In A Galilee Far, Far Away, was a first for many of our youth. They really brought down the house, but the experience for the parents and children in the community is only part of why do the show. Despite the varying levels of experience, each youth was welcomed and peer-mentored by the returning cast members. Each year we see the cast become more than just co-stars— they become KOT Family, supporting one another, offering encouragement, and motivating each other to bring their very best to each practice and performance.

 

We saw this very thing happen with the group of dancers who took on the role of the “aliens” in the show. Out of the group of 4 performers, only one was new this year, but it can be an overwhelming amount of choreography to learn when you aren’t used to the routines. One Alumni Performer, Natalia, made sure to take this new performer under her wing, going into the hall to practice one-on-one with them, ensuring they felt prepared and ready for the show. When the young performer had a rough practice and was ready to quit, Natalia said to them, “You can’t quit. You are a necessary part of this team. We will help you get it!” They went on to be successful in both shows– a true testament to the power of peer mentoring!

 

A BIG thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made the day successful, with special mention to the Director Randi Serafinchon, Choreographer Naomi Rutagwena, and Propmaster Tristen Stengler— each of who went through the LITE program with Kids On Track and have continued to give back to the program that meant so much to them as a teen. Great job team – We can’t wait until next year!  CHECK HERE to see the video of the show- will be up soon!

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Winter Retreat

A packed out bus of over 30 youth took to the slopes for a Winter Retreat. They enjoyed skiing and snowboarding at Tawatinaw Valley, a hidden gem an hour north. Youth of all skill levels were able to spend their days on the hills learning or perfecting the perfect run. The evenings were packed with relationship building, game playing, and even some cooking skills! Thanks to all the volunteers who made this retreat possible, and thanks to Tawatinaw Valley for the awesome price discount for our youth.

 

Shift Youth returns this Friday, January 10 at 6:30 PM at the Kids On Track offices with the next “Real Talk” where leaders address current and relevant topics with the youth in fun and engaging ways. If you have a young person grade 6-12 you don’t want to miss this!