The deal has always been that young people can be part of the PuCKS Powerplay Foundation if they do two things, try out some sports and keep up with their school work.
PuCKS (Promoting Community through Kids in Sports), the Langley-based charity, showcased the work it does at an open house March 7.
PuCKS has the portable building on the grounds of Douglas Park Community School formerly occupied by the Langley Boys and Girls Club, which moved into a larger space nearby. The two programs often cooperate to help the kids in their charge.
When PuCKS started out in 2005, many of the kids bought in to the sports aspect but their priorities have shifted.
"We started with hockey and homework and now its homework and hockey," operations director Margaret Kunst said.
Youths who take part must agree to the PuCKS Accountability Contract, which also helps track their progression.
As the program has grown, it has evolved to offer different activities and topics. Many people still think PuCKS only offers hockey but in addition to its successful hockey program, it will help kids with sports registration fees, gear and instruction.
PuCKS supports the young people so they can try out various sports.
Tuesday gatherings are focused on math for Grades 8-12 while Wednesday and Thursday are about homework. The Thursday Power Hour for Grade 5s helps them transition from elementary to middle school.
The kids alternate between 15 minutes of work on a specific topic and 15 minutes of physical activity.
PuCKS helps 90-120 local young people through its various programs.
"We typically have 30 kids that come out," Kunst said about the homework sessions.
Supporting the young people are volunteers from Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University as well Langley Rivermen members, local service clubs and businesses.
PuCKS tries to help kids who often feel they aren't connected to the community. As well as helping them educationally, the programs aim to have them interact with volunteers, coaches and others so they understand they have a place here.
"It's going to make a difference for those kids for the rest of their lives," Kunst said.
PUCKS READING PROGRAM
The community group is starting a new literacy program.
PuCKS is looking for adults willing to be part of a one-on-one reading program for up to one hour per week.
People must be 18 or older and able to commit to the same day and time each week during PuCKS programming (after school).
All involved in PuCKS undergo background checks. Contact email@example.com or check out www.pucksprogram.ca.