Free the Children is an international charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995. The organization runs programs in approximately 8000 schools in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. for service learning and active citizenship, with the aim of empowering youth to become socially engaged. In 2013, Charity Intelligence Canada awarded Free The Children its highest four-star rating, along with an A for the organization's reporting of its "social results".
Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play teaches children essential life skills that help them overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease so they can create better futures and drive lasting social change in their communities and beyond. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play's programs are facilitated by more than 13,500 local volunteer coaches and more than 600 international staff.
Camp Oochigeas (Ooch) is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. It is a camp where every child, no matter how debilitating their illness, is provided an opportunity to explore enriching, challenging, fun experiences through what is fondly referred to today as the Magic of Ooch. Serving over a thousand children with and affected by cancer each year, various programs now serve siblings, bereaved siblings and parents. Ooch continues to be the only residential camp in Ontario to offer onsite chemotherapy IV treatment and blood transfusions. Often referred to as the social cure for cancer, we have expanded programs year-round in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Ooch Downtown and three other regional cancer centers.
Pathways to Education is an innovative, community-based program that helps youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education. In partnership with governments, social welfare agencies, and hundreds of diverse volunteers who share their talents and wisdom, Pathways works alongside the school system to provide after-school tutoring, mentoring, and financial assistance. The program is available to all high school students within the communities Pathways serves.
The Creative Institute for Toronto’s Young Leaders is a leadership development institute for young people working and volunteering in Toronto’s communities and the social services sector. CITY Leaders provides young adults with the practical knowledge and tools to become effective leaders, navigators, and connectors through an 8-month program of theory, applied learning, mentoring, online engagement, and peer networking. Participants graduate with a co-certificate in leadership from United Way Toronto and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work.
Originally started as an alternative to gang activity in the area, the Club has developed into an agency providing a variety of services to meet the changing needs of children, adolescents, and families of a multi-cultural, urban community. The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club provides a safe environment and offers programs that promote the physical, social, educational, vocational, and character development of boys and girls from 2½ to 12, and youth from 13 to 17, as well providing family support assistance with referrals to other agencies, information dissemination, and advocacy.
Success Beyond Limitssis for youth in the Jane-Finch community. A team of dedicated and skilled staff, youth mentors, volunteers, and supportive community partners, Success Beyond Limits delivers comprehensive year-round programs designed to support young people’s success in education through individualized and intensive programs for both students and their families.
Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit grassroots organization working to unite, energize, support, and celebrate Toronto’s vibrant and diverse music and arts community, and to find innovative ways of working together to achieve common goals. Manifesto brings together hundreds of artists and performers with thousands of attendees, to showcase Toronto’s talented arts community and strengthen its foundations, building a collective sense of pride and possibility and creating powerful and engaging experiences that gives opportunities for young artists to grow.