South Essex Community Council (SECC) is pleased to announce that Abraham Orthodontics has committed to a multi-year sponsorship of its Newcomer Youth Program which is currently housed at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. The space is used after school by youth who go there to socialize, get homework help and tutoring and participate in leadership training. SECC’s Newcomer Youth Program is sponsored by the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The Newcomer Youth Program has been operating out of the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex for nearly 3 years, and while the focus is newcomer youth, all youth are welcome to participate. “We are grateful for the sponsorship provided by Abraham Orthodontics. This will allow SECC to put additional funds into programming and assistance for the youth we serve through the program,” says Carolyn Warkentin, Executive Director at SECC. Approximately 72 youth have utilized the Newcomer Youth Program since it began in 2014. The United Way’s On Track to Success program also utilizes the room for some of its evening meetings with youth in this program.
Abraham Orthodontics has been committed to supporting various youth programs over the past few years across county schools, including Harrow Public’s Grade 1 Math Home Kits, St. Louis’ Buddy Bench, Tilbury Public’s Breakfast Program, in addition to actively volunteering with Junior Achievement Canada. In his practice, the Growing Smiles Club evaluates dentofacial development every 6 to 12 months at no charge to educate families with accurate anticipation and timing of potential orthodontic treatment. Programs such as these are consistent with their philosophy of breaking down the barriers to education, confidence and beautiful smiles, especially for the next generation. “Being from Leamington, utilizing the programs in the complex and even working as a lifeguard and swim instructor, we realize the importance of this facility in the comprehensive development of our local youth. These experiences and skills will translate to success in all aspects of their lives ,” says Dr. Abraham.