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Halloween food drive

Instead of collecting candy on Halloween night, Phelps’ participants and local members of youth soccer and hockey programs took the opportunity to knock on people’s doors to ask for non-perishable food donations. The food was collected on behalf of the PACE C.A.B. Rediker, the volunteer centre in Stanstead. We had dozens of volunteers help with this initiative: teenagers hit the streets collecting the food donations from the homes and adult volunteers – as well as the local fire department – drove around to pick up the heavy bags of food. The community came together as a whole to restock the C.A.B.’s pantry, which supplies food for the emergency food bank program and the Christmas Basket Campaign. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope that this might inspire other communities to do something similar next Halloween.

Phelps Aide Phelps Helps is an educational non-profit striving to reduce the elevated drop-out rate in the Stanstead area. Phelps was started in 2012 by two community members, and has grown from a single program to SEVEN unique programs, providing Stanstead area students with free tutoring, educational and career support and hands-on learning from grade 3 to the end of high school and further.

Phelps’ high school sessions are averaging 20 students per evening, and many benefit from one-on-one attention. We therefore are actively seeking new volunteers, specifically on Tuesday afternoons. If you have a couple of hours a month to spare and like helping others, please consider joining our dynamic group of volunteers to contribute to the success of Phelps’ programs! Please email us at info@phelpshelps.ca or call our offices at 819-704-0799.

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Be brave and take charge

High school can be tough, especially coming from a small rural town to a large regional high school. Everything seems big, foreign and unknown. For students in the Stanstead area, taking a bus to Galt or La Ruche can take over an hour one way. Imagine finishing a long day of school at the age of 13, having to ride the bus for an hour and then starting homework. For the first couple of years at Phelps, we would remark on the dedication of the small group that would faithfully come to Phelps every week, knowing full well that many were already exhausted, both mentally and physically, by the time they walked through our doors. For those who did not attend, it must have seemed like the easier choice to not always get their work done; some were able to skate by, whereas others did not. We are pleased to say, at Phelps, that this fall has been incredible. We have participation numbers like we have never seen before: students are getting off the bus in droves, stomping down the sidewalk and coming in to Phelps smiling, ready to work. We used to peer out the window hoping for just a few kids to get off the bus, now we do a double-take at the large groups coming towards Phelps. These students are being brave and taking charge of their own futures, making those crucial first choices and deciding, whether they realize it or not, that finishing high school is important.

Phelps Aide Phelps Helps is an educational non-profit striving to reduce the elevated drop-out rate in the Stanstead area. Phelps was started in 2012 by two community members, and has grown from a single program to SEVEN unique programs, providing Stanstead area students with free tutoring, educational and career support and hands-on learning from grade 3 to the end of high school and further.

Phelps’ high school sessions are averaging 20 students per evening, and many benefit from one-on-one attention. We therefore are actively seeking new volunteers, specifically on Tuesday afternoons. If you have a couple of hours a month to spare and like helping others, please consider joining our dynamic group of volunteers to contribute to the success of Phelps’ programs! Please email us at info@phelpshelps.ca or call our offices at 819-704-0799.

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Phelps' graduate support program

As you may have heard, Phelps Aide Phelps Helps has a new program; the Graduate Support Program. This program is designed for Stanstead area youth, individuals aged 16-35, to assist with employability and post-secondary education.

 

Whether you are still in high school, recently graduated, or looking to go back to school, our coordinator can help you along the way. One-on-one appointments can be made with the coordinator todevelop a pragmatic action plan geared towards personal and professional success, based on your interests and aspirations. Help with applications to post-secondary options and financial support are among many of the possibilities with this new program.

 

Moreover, our coordinator can support you in finding employment by identifying job openings. She is in contact with various employers and keeps up to date on the hiring companies in the Stanstead area. Assistance with job applications, CVs, cover letters, and preparing for job interviews are also offered by this program.

 

Over the past week, our coordinator has compiled a list of all scholarships and bursaries available to youth in the Stanstead area. This list is lengthy and has scholarships and bursaries available to students at all levels of education (even high school!). Contact us if you are currently a student and would like to take advantage of these opportunities.

 

For more information about Phelps, the Graduate Support Program, or to make a donation, please visit www.phelpshelps.ca. To participate in our programs or to become a volunteer, please email us at info@phelpshelps.ca or call our offices at 819-704-0799.

 

 

We will be hosting an Open House on September 28th at 5:00 p.m. at 272 rue Dufferin. Parents, students and members of the community are invited to meet with the staff and volunteers and learn more about all of Phelps’ programs.

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