Kids in need can get the help they need by going to the front door of a forklift.
The training involves people going door-to-door to get people to give them money.
(CBC)The idea came from a local nonprofit that is also helping to support a new group of children who have a hard time getting by.
The group, Kids in Need, has a website that has about 400 volunteers helping kids in Need in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We want to make sure that our kids are not in the dark, that they have opportunities to get on the front line,” said Katie Sturgess, the executive director of Kids in Needs.
Sturgess said that for many kids, the situation is worse than the poverty line, and that there’s no way to help them get by without giving them a financial boost.
“When you see people struggling with the poverty rate, we can’t just sit here and say, ‘Well, let’s just do a little thing here,'” she said.
“Kids in need in Newfoundland need financial resources and we can get that through a donation.
We have a donation page.
We can put it in the front window of a restaurant or a shop or a garage, and the money will go directly to the kids.”
It is part of a pilot program that has been going on for about six months in St. John’s.
Kids inneed.ca is the first and only online platform where volunteers can volunteer for the children and the program is a response to what’s happening in their community.
Struggling to pay for school, transportation, and other basic needsThe program is part work experience, part educational program.
There’s no time limit for completing the training, but kids must complete at least five hours per week.
“It’s a three-week training program,” said Sturgss.
“It is a work experience program, but the students have to be ready for this.
They have to have the skills and knowledge to take the next step in the process of becoming a member of the community.”
The training is for people ages 5 to 18 years old.
Sturgesses said the program uses online courses, which can be completed at any time.
Kids can choose to work with someone else, or they can start with one of their own.
The program focuses on two areas: financial literacy and job skills.
Kids who complete the training earn points for their efforts and earn a certificate of completion.
Stustess said there’s also a second, additional program that provides a financial literacy certification.
“That’s for people who have already completed the program, or who have been in the program for six months, and have earned the certificate of success,” she said, adding that it can be earned after six months.
“This is really a program for the future.
Kids will benefit from having that kind of support.”
The program has received more than 500 applications, which are now being processed.
The final selection is made by an experienced coordinator, who takes care of the logistics of the training and the paperwork involved.
Kids in Need is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
It relies on private donations.