Each season, MLSE Foundation provides grants to community level charitable organizations across the GTA. We pride ourselves in developing sport partnerships to provide moreopportunities and experiences for the youth in the programs.
WoodGreen Community Services
WoodGreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League
This program provides leadership training, one-on-one guidance, job search support, volunteering, peer mentorship, homework help, preparation for college and universities, workshops and information sessions on different topics as well as arts and sports clubs and social activities for youth from 13 to 24 years of age. The activities provided to newcomer youth address the youth's challenges in comping with transition issues and help them integrate more broadly into society.
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
Youth Sector “Celebration of Life”
The Youth Sector consists of three programs - the Little Embers, Akwe:go, and Wasa-Nabin – who provide a range of culturally based activities to Aboriginal children and youth in the downtown area. Together these initiatives create a positive environment and a safe zone for many young community members who gather at Council Fire during lunch and after school to participate in scheduled activities, events and outings. Healthy meals based on Ontario’s Student Nutrition Program guidelines are provided to children and youth during the afterschool program, March break camp and summer camp programming. The program will focus on lacrosse, ball hockey, boxing and canoeing.
Autism Ontario York Region Chapter
Autism Ontario Kids Camp (AOK Camp) provides valuable summer day camping experiences for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ADS) who are unable to attend other community camps due to specified support that cannot be provided. By offering unique opportunities that allow campers to participate in as many active programs throughout the summer as possible, AOK Camp aims to decrease destructive behaviours and anxieties, while also promoting active lifestyles.
Toronto Lords Community Association
Toronto Lords Basketball Program
This program uses the Canada Basketball Long Term Athlete Development Model to focus on improving health and wellness of young men and women age 10-18, who live primarily in low-income, at-risk neighbourhoods in Toronto. Regardless of financial circumstances, the Toronto Lords Basketball Program provides access to educational and athletic programming to all. The program helps youth develop leadership skills, self- esteem and discipline. Participants will improve their health and wellness while having fun and developing friendships in a safe and encouraging environment.
The Mentoring For Violence Prevention (MVP) Program
The MVP program was developed in order to address ongoing concerns around violence amongst youth residing in the Regent Park community. It is a unique program that uses sport and recreation as a gateway to foster deeper relationships with at-risk and/or vulnerable youth in order to provide enhanced support to them. Through participation in sports such as ice hockey, cricket, soccer, softball and basketball, young people from the Regent Park community are coming together to engage in healthy play with their peers, while participating in anti- violence awareness and educational activities, as well as one- to- one mentoring.
Play It Smart
The Play It Smart program runs through Centennial College and brings together children from the Malvern and Kingston/Galloway area to engage in fun and free ways of learning. The activities provided start with one hour of tutoring, which requires the kids to bring their homework to each session. Afterwards, the kids are provided with a nutritious snack before engaging in team-building exercises such as basketball.
Bridging Communities and Police through Athletics (BCPA)
BCPA is a multi-sport 3-year initiative that started September 2013 and us entering its final year. The program has proven to be successful in engaging youth in healthy sport activities under the mentorship of local police partners. The BCPA engages at risk youth, police and community partners in various sports to increase the physical activity of youth while creating stronger youth-community-police relationships. BCPA provides a unique opportunity for young people to work directly with police officers in a non-threatening sports focused environment. Officers from different divisions will organize teams in various sports and recruit up to 20 young people per officer to play on their teams throughout the school year. While playing these sports, participants come to know these police officers as role models and mentors not just law enforcers. There is also an opportunity to compete in the Annual Toronto Police Games.
Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
We Nook, We Shoot, We Score
Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre, is a multi-service organization that provides community based programming for high-needs children, at-risk youth, homeless men and women, newcomers and other vulnerable community members.
The first all hockey program provided by the Nook, will focus on building fundamental skills needed to be successful in the game of hockey. The children will learn the basics of shooting, skating, competing, goal tending and general hockey knowledge.
The program will also provide equipment to participants who cannot afford it along with free programming and training. There will be a focus on self-esteem, team building and cooperation along with providing children with confidence and an understanding of a healthy diet. This provides children with an outlet and the opportunity to be part of a team, create meaningful relationships and learn about sportsmanship.
YouthLink is a leader in promoting the mental health and well-being of low-income and marginalized youth in Toronto. Their focus is on prevention and early intervention.The Triple-Double program combines a 5 on 5 basketball house league with literacy and numeracy supports for more than 100 youth annually in Scarborough Village, from September to May. It builds on existing academic support infrastructures and responds to a long-term desire for basketball programming in the area.
The program is offered to youth to increase their physical activity levels, improve their academic success and offer mentoring opportunities with community members who want to support student success through sport. The program enforces a rule that each youth must attend weekly literacy and numeracy sessions in order to attend the basketball component.
Malvern Family Resource Centre
MFRC Soccer Drillz
Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to strengthening families and individuals through inclusion and effective programs and services for children, youth, women, seniors and families in the Scarborough Rouge River riding.
The MFRC Soccer Drillz Program is designed specifically for boys and girls ages 11-14 years old with little or no experience in the game of soccer as well as those who have limited exposure to recreation or team sports. Youth will be given access to an National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) qualified coach once per week to support the development of their technical and tactical skills through fun games, competitions and other activities including listening to guest speakers, participating in leadership activities to build self-esteem and future leaders.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton
Skate the Dream
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton's Skate the Dream program includes Learn to Skate programming and 3 on 3 ice hockey in one afterschool program. The Learn to Skate allows children to learn the basics of skating through drills and games. As their skating skills develop, they begin to introduce basic hockey skills. The 3 on 3 ice hockey aims to build on from the Learn to Skate clinics. This program still works to build skating skills, but has a stronger focus on hockey drills and playing hockey. The program supports 6-9 year old’s with 9 weeks of programming, providing hockey equipment and only has a $10 fee.
Believe to Achieve Organization (BTA)
Believe to Achieve Organization (BTA) is a registered non-profit that assists kids ages eight to 16 years, in after-school personal development and mentorship programs. The after-school drop-in centre, Spider's Web Children and Youth Empowerment Centre, at Jane and Finch provides food programs, study groups for homework help, computer rooms, teaching guides and motivation and support with caring adults.
The Spider's Web program provides tangile support and mentoring services to youth in need through physical activity, parental and community involvement, leisure and educational awareness, mentorship opportunities and nutrition. Participants learn no-contact boxing and other activities aimed at helping them gain knowledge of healthy exercise habits.
Dunk Like a Girl
Dunk Like a Girl is intended for girls between the ages of 6-16 living in low-income, marginalized communities. It provides the girls with extensive basketball training as well as enhances their abilities to become successful leaders. Participants also partake in weekly workshops addressing issues of concern such as healthy body image and gender stereotyping. The camp day also includes a weekly nutritional class that teaches how to prepare healthy meals and snacks- as the program also stresses the importance to improve food security for the girls, and increase their level of nutritional knowledge. The registration fee will range from $10-$50/week with several participants partaking at no cost at all.
Neighbourhood Women Striving in Sports and Athleticism
Women Striving in Soccer
Women striving in Soccer is a women youth program that uses soccer as a vehicle to develop and engage youth from both the Regent Park and Moss Park communities. Through participation in soccer, young women will come together to engage in productive physical activities with their peers, expand their social support networks while participating in information workshops on health issues impacting on youth. The primary goal is to develop and support a grassroot women youth soccer team. The youth will play friendly soccer games competition against other teams in Toronto and other parts of Ontario. Most of the games/soccer competition will be hosted in the community, they will invite people living in both Regent Park and Moss park, to come out to the games and support the team as fans, volunteers and cheerleaders.
This grant will be used to help continue the growth of Peoples Basketball. Peoples Basketball has added a third team to the program this year and would also like to start a team to serve girls in the neighborhood. As their program expands, they must be able to provide the same holistic programming for each one of the youth. Peoples Basketball volunteers and coaches are so involved in the lives of our youth, which is why the program has been so effective – nothing or no one can fall through the cracks. Gaining the financial and operational stability to plan a full year in advance will allow them to improve the program, and more importantly expand the program, to help more youth. They’ve had to refuse youth in our program because they don’t have the capacity or resources to take them on.
Lay-Up Youth Basketball Camp
Lay-Up camps unique aspect of their program is their ‘social curriculum’ and ‘basketball passport’. In addition to basketball programming, each camp has time dedicated towards a social component that teaches lessons in healthy living, teamwork, leadership, communication, and sportsmanship. These lessons involve specially designed activities and talks from guest speakers including a trainer/chiropractor, a police officer, a nutritionist, and a life coach. The ‘basketball passport’ ties these lessons and activities to an actual passport booklet that allows participants to record what they learned, in order to help them retain the principles. Once they complete the week and fill out their booklet, they become “Lay-Up Basketball Citizens”. Every child is given an award at the end of camp, with some that relate to the social side and others that are basketball based.