Re: Lives of middle school students, Burnaby NOW, April 26.
I am the co-chair of the Burnaby School Age Initiative, a consortium of community organizations and service providers that work with, and support children in the middle years in Burnaby.
As per the article written by reporter, Marelle Reid, I would just like to clarify the intent of the MDI middle years research.
This research focuses on a developmental assets/strengths-based approach, emphasizing protective factors that support and optimize development. It will provide us with the ability to review social recreational opportunities that are available to children in Burnaby, before and after school hours - and where there might be gaps in this support.
I am appreciative of our partnership with the Burnaby School District, which has been very supportive of this community initiative.
I encourage anyone interested in learning more about this research and opportunities that support children in the middle years to come to the presentation of the findings on May 7 at the Shadbolt.
Antonia Beck, executive director, South Burnaby Neighbourhood House
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