Kateslem is a First Nation word, meaning “coming together.” Kateslem Afterschool Program is a non-profit organization that runs free after school programs in the Tri-Cities. The program welcomes all children and also provides vulnerable youth with a positive, consistent, supportive and safe after school environment. We aim to empower youth through experiences and skill development.
We are facilitators in a child’s own growth and tailor our programs to meet individual needs. We help kids develop their leadership skills by having them lead activities once they know how to do it for themselves. Children are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities beyond homework assistance that help them learn, grow and express themselves fully; including public speaking, cooking, internet safety and other life skills. They also have an opportunity to participate in field trips, such as learning dragon boat racing and helping to take care of our very own community gardens at Como Lake Middle School. We will also have more gardens at Birchland Elementary and Glen Elementary soon.
Kateslem staff value the Right to Belong and the Right to Learn. Our low youth to staff ratio facilitates trust and understanding between youth and program staff. Kids who participate in our program are in a space where they feel a sense of belonging, are encouraged to express who they really are, are heard and can feel proud. They can leave their issues behind when they come to our program.
Here at Kateslem, we strive to teach kids we’re all friends, we can respect one another and we can treat others the way we want to be treated as we learn new things and explore ourselves more. Sometimes, kids who may not have wanted to be at school for whatever reason are excited to come to their Kateslem program. That makes us feel good about what we do to help children feel included and safe.
Kateslem operates Monday to Friday, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, during the school terms, with snacks provided each day. Learn more about Kateslem After School Program.