A simple concept with great impact
We offer a broad range of day and overnight programs throughout the year that allow children with a chronic health condition to renew their spirits through diverse opportunities for play and to connect with others youth who are facing the same chronic health condition. Together they try new experiences, can be worry free for while, and build lasting friendships.
Download our program brochure (PDF) for an overview of ourprograms that will allow you to:
- Renew your spirits
- Opportunities to play
- Be worry free for a while
- Try new experiences
Young people need to have opportunities to be engaged in a community where they learn to act and interact with others, to feel empowered to in a safe and supportive environment that allows them to learn new skills, to explore their values and beliefs, to feel a sense of belonging. These opportunities help shape their thinking and attitudes. Positive experiences away from home will help them gain a sense of independence and self esteem. They learn and grow in our programs and will be able to apply their learning in their home communities with the belief that they are capable to influence their own future in a positive way.
Often children with a chronic health condition have fewer opportunities to engage in such enrichment opportunities as their condition requires adaptations of program schedules and in many cases a certain level of medical supervision which is missing in mainstream programs. It is challenging for parents to let go of their child and trust they will be safe.
Zebra Crossings develops intentional programs that are designed to further develop children’s skills, boost their independence, and reduce fear and anxiety based on their illness. They discover what they are capable of achieving through developing social and life skills and attitudes that promote personal growth and confidence. They will be able to tap these beliefs and attitudes when their facing difficult moments in life.
Play and laughter have healing power. We can draw from our memories and relive the moments with smiles on our face. Lasting friendships and peer support give us a sense of belonging. Positive enrichment experiences provide instant relief but also improve a participant’s resiliency in the long term.
We believe that our participants will leave our program with:
- New friendships and a lasting support community
- Increased self-confidence and sense of independence
- Awareness to take responsibility for their own health
- Inspiration to live life to the fullest
- Desire to seek opportunities and to achieve goals