Today I volunteered with P.R.O. Kids (Positive Recreational Opportunities for Kids) at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic Thunder Bay. It is an annual event that hosts dozens of booths from various community organizations and businesses that host interactive activities. P.R.O. Kids is my pageant platform, and it is my goal to raise awareness for this amazing organization and the lives it enriches through sports, arts, and activities.
The P.R.O. Kids booth had children’s tattoos and circle time! Circle time consisted of stories and songs for all the kids to enjoy. The children really enjoyed circle time, and it allowed a chance for the two other volunteers and myself to talk to the parent/guardians about what P.R.O. Kids does in the city of Thunder Bay.
The mission of P.R.O. Kids is to provide positive recreational opportunities for kids who are not able to participate because of lack of funds. It is an amazing program that began in the city of Thunder Bay that provides programs to hundreds of youth 0-18 annually. I am the Youth Representative on the P.R.O. Kids board, and have had the honour of learning more about the organization and just how many lives it changes. I can attest that being involved in various activities throughout my youth such as swimming, dancing, modelling, singing, piano and guitar lessons has contributed to the person that I am today. Recreational activities outside of the school environment taught about time management, working as a member of a team, and the dedication that it takes to learn a skill. I am very passionate about my platform because I know the impact that recreational activities make in the life of a child, and that no child should be denied these experiences because their family cannot afford.
Applying to P.R.O. Kids Thunder Bay is a simple process, simply fill out an application that requires personal information, desired programs, and season of activity and submit at the P.R.O. Kids office at the Victoriaville Civic Centre, Thunder Bay. A child qualifies for P.R.O. Kids if they are not currently active and the circumstances are because of extenuating financial difficulties, as well applicants must include the name of a reference who can verify their financial need.
I hope that through Miss Teen Canada World 2013 I can promote P.R.O. Kids and raise awareness in other communities that do not have this program currently available, as well as generate public support within my hometown of Thunder Bay.