If you talk to Loft kids about The Game Loft they will tell you that Friends, Food and Being Safe is what is important about the program. Of course, they might mention games too but the games are merely what initially brings them through the door. If you talk to Loft kids who have regularly attended the program they might also mention opportunities to learn, to belong and to serve. Of course, they might mention games too.
At the Loft we know that good things happen to kids through games and The Loft kids can identify these good outcomes with ease. Our games program is designed to encourage these good outcomes. There are three types of games at The Loft:
Special Program games are those run under the Trailblazers, Navigators or Pathfinders programs. These games are designed with a variety of outcomes based on the program.
Staff games are those run by Loft staff as part of the after school program. These games are designed to promote inclusion, involvement and belonging. Our goal is that every Loft kid participate in two activities a week.
Member games are those run by Loft teen volunteers either for their peers or younger age groups. These games also promote socialization and involvement as well as building competency for the volunteer.
Games are organized to run in seasons of six weeks each followed by a two week break period. These break periods are used for special events, one time games and enrollment for the next seasons.