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Connecting Immigrant Children to Calgary

Calgary, AB, Tuesday, January 19, 2010 --- Immigrant Services Calgary is pleased to announce the Mosaic After-School Program. The program provides daily after-school activities for immigrant and refugee children between the ages of six to twelve, in conjunction with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre.

It is no secret that low-income families often lack the resources to provide their children with after-school activities during critical hours. What children do during these hours can have a great impact on their long-term academic and social development. Children of immigrant and refugee families are even more vulnerable to negative influences, and there are few available programs to build their attachment to Canada and meet their unique needs.

To meet these needs, the Mosaic After-School Program, funded by Family and Child Support Services - City of Calgary, will provide experiences that will maintain the integrity of participants’ culture of origin while promoting inclusion to Canadian society. Activities will include: live drama, arts and crafts, music, cooking and homework help. The goals of the program are designed to enhance self-esteem, social engagement and to support the children to achieve success in school.

ABOUT THE CALGARY CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE:

The mission of the Centre is to establish and maintain unique facilities for the public to promote communication, educational, recreational and cultural activities. Since its grand opening in 1992, the Cultural Centre has remained the focal point for community activities and a premier venue offering a stimulating environment for cultural activities, arts talents and quality programs to the public. For additional information about the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre please visit www.culturalcentre.ca.