CityKidz programs are a stable force of love and support for kids throughout their formative childhood years. We teach our kids that they matter, that they are loved, and that they can change their future – and with it, the world.
On program days, our buses pick up dozens of kids at their homes and bring them to our Playhouse Theatre for an interactive performance and a meal. Through songs and skits, our kids learn important lessons built on faith, hope and love that encourage them to believe in themselves, serve others, and have hope for the future.
CityKidz (Ages 6-11)
CityKidz is more than just a kids’ program, it’s a transformative experience!
Each Saturday, songs and stories feed young minds and souls while a meal with friends nourishes hungry bellies.
Our flagship program gives children a solid moral foundation on which to support their dreams and aspirations. Here, children come to understand God’s grace, feel God’s unconditional love, and get a glimpse of God’s purpose for their lives. Through CityKidz Saturdays, we inspire children to dream beyond their circumstances so that one day they will reach their full potential.
Jr. Leadership (Ages 12-15)
Leaders of the Future
The Junior Leadership program is a chance for youth to continue their participation with CityKidz in a way that gives back to the community.
Junior Leaders receive mentorship and support as they work with volunteer teams to help bring CityKidz programs to life. Each
Junior Leader joins a CityKidz team under the leadership of a Team Captain and learns through hands-on experience what it takes to be a true servant leader.
Our Core Projects
Weekly programs aren’t the only way we nurture and inspire our kids. We like to take every chance we can to celebrate, nurture, and connect with our kids, and our Core Projects allow us to do just that. These weekly and annual events are special opportunities for us to build relationships and bring positive experiences to our children throughout their CityKidz journey.
Trust and Community
Home Visits are a chance for us to nurture personal relationships with every child in the CityKidz community. They give us a unique opportunity to role model our truths and beliefs, and truly demonstrate that we care.
A Home Visit consists of CityKidz volunteers stopping briefly at each child’s home, connecting with their family, and talking with the kids about the things most important to them.
Through Home Visits, we get to truly know our kids and serve their needs – whether that means an encouraging word before a science fair presentation or connecting their family with local resources and services.
These weekly catchups help build firm, faithful foundations into the lives of the children we serve.
Gift of Christmas
Making the Season Merry and Bright
This project is specially designed to help offset the pressures associated with buying gifts that many low-income families experience during the Christmas season.
Through the Gift of Christmas, our kids receive a Christmas meal with their CityKidz friends, a festive party, and a carefully-selected gift by Christmas Eve.
More than just stocking stuffers, we want to make wishes come true during the holiday season.
Gift of Christmas – more than any other CityKidz project – rallies the entire Ottawa community together to bring a smile to a child’s face and hope to their heart.
Operation Birthday Child
If there’s one thing kids love to celebrate, it’s their birthday.
Operation Birthday Child is an opportunity for us to reinforce our message that each child matters, and that each child is specially created with purpose and potential.
Once each month during the regular CityKidz Saturday season, a party is thrown in honour of the children who are celebrating birthdays. On that Saturday, each birthday child receives a sweet treat and a present, hand-picked for them by their captain. We make it known to all just how special each child is. The kids love it, and so do we!
Summer to Remember
Summer – perhaps more than any other season – has the potential to provide experiences that produce life-changing moments and long-lasting memories. It is a time of adventure and discovery, of growth and curiosity.
However, for many of our CityKidz families, financial barriers keep kids’ summer adventures contained to their immediate low-income neighbourhood.
CityKidz’ Summer to Remember works alongside local camps to provide children with opportunities for new, life-changing and memory-making experiences at summer camp.
Volunteers Transform Lives
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Inspire Big Dreams
Help us build strong foundations of faith, hope and love into children’s lives and watch them thrive.