Vancouver Middle Years Matters (VMCM) Project
The Vancouver Middle Years Matters (VMCM) Project is a planning initiative, funded through the United Way of the Lower Mainland, to address the needs of 6-12 year olds in the city of Vancouver. Positive middle years development is not only influenced by the immediate sphere of middle years children but it can also impacted by one’s connectedness to its community. This is supported by middle childhood research which supports the notion that“the more adults with whom children could identify, the better their social and emotional health…Community connections ground children and give a sense of belonging that can help to counteract challenges in their lives”. (Shonert-Reichl: 2007, 8).