All That Kids Can Be


Why focus on kids?

Research shows the early years (prenatal – six) are the most important influence on a child’s development.  Through community conversations, residents shared that they believe Oxford County should be a great place for all kids to grow up and as a community, we need to put kids on the path to success by investing in their development.  All kids regardless of their circumstances should get the opportunities they need to thrive.


Successful kids are the future of our community.


Local Strategies

Nurture children and youth

  • Empower children and youth to strengthen their resiliency, self-esteem, sense of belonging, self-regulation and ability to cope with day to day challenges
  • Leverage children and youth’s education, leadership, mentorship, recreation and social opportunities
  • Enhance the capacity of parents, service partners and the community to support children through their developmental stages


All That Kids Can Be Programs

Mentoring, Recreation and Social Cadet Program with Navy League & Sea Cadets
Social program with skills training. Programming ensures that children and youth have the opportunity to experience physical fitness, life-skill development, mentorship and belonging.
Education, Leadership, Recreation & Social Programs with Fusion Youth Activity & Technology Centre
Recreation and social opportunities through activity and technology. Programs that build knowledge and skills, positive relationships, develop a sense of belonging and increase self-esteem and resiliency offer variety to youth (aged 12-18) with an asset based approach that ensures they receive the tools required to make a healthy transition into adulthood.
Oxford Student Nutrition Program with Ontario Student Nutrition Program
Student nutrition for school success. This inclusive school-based program ensures that children and youth in our community can attend school nourished and ready to learn.
Youth, Community & Site Based Mentoring Programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Area and Big Brothers Big Sisters Woodstock & District
Mentoring to build resiliency and empower youth. Programs work to empower children to reach their full potential by building resiliency and self-esteem through positive relationships.
Youth Horse Guided Learning Program with Community Options for Justice
Horse guided learning for at-risk youth. A unique intervention with a proven track record, this program is designed for youth at-risk of further conflict with the law. It is targeted to youth facing significant barriers. It helps identify personal strengths, conquers limitations and increases self-respect.
Teen Nights Programs with YMCA Woodstock
Safe & engaging Friday night youth activities. Every Friday night this free program provides a safe and welcoming space for youth in our community allowing them to engage with their peers and participate in healthy activities that promote well-being and inclusiveness.

Impact Stories

March 23, 2017

All That Kids Can Be Video

March 23, 2017

2016 Spirit Award Recipients

March 23, 2017

Celebrating Community

Changed lives. Made Possible By You.   A shared vision of a brighter future, deep-rooted in community aspirations was celebrated tonight as supporters, partners and community […]