REACH Edmonton

As the school year ends, front-line staff involved in offering summer programming gathered from across the city and province to access training opportunities and new ideas at the sixth annual Out-of-School-Time (OST) Conference.

More than 150 people attended the conference, including committee organizers, volunteers and agencies.

The event offered practical, pragmatic supports for groups delivering summer programs.

The conference is an opportunity for people who work with children and youth in out-of-school-time programming to access valuable training while sharing stories from the field and engaging in meaningful discussion.

Sessions involved a variety of topics, including tips for dealing with behavioural issues, how to offer affordable and healthy snacks, and games that can fit any space or budget.

“I really enjoyed this conference,” said one participant. “I travel from south of Calgary to attend as there isn’t a conference like this in our area.”

REACH Edmonton supports the conference in many ways, such as chairing the organizing committee, with the aim of supporting organizations in keeping kids engaged in educational and recreational activities in a fun and safe place during the summer months.