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8/21/2019 12:00:00 PM
MLSE Foundation announced today the four recipients of this year’s Community Action Grant cycle. Ontario-based Ausome Canada, Lady Ballers Camp, Outside Looking In and Erin Mills Youth Centre will each receive a $50,000 grant to continue using sport and recreation to advance outcomes in physical health, mental health, academic achievement and work readiness to support youth in their communities.
“Being able to provide more opportunities for youth to get in the game in communities across Ontario, is at the core of what we do,” said Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. “We are incredibly thrilled to provide support to four organizations that use sport as a vehicle to increase positive outcomes for youth in their communities.”
Qualified organizations serving youth through sport were invited to apply for a grant via online applications earlier this spring. The four grant recipients, as awarded by MLSE Foundation’s Selection Committee, along with their program summaries are:
Healthy Body - Ausome Canada (Ottawa)
Children and youth need to understand the basics of movement and activity to be happy and healthy. The Healthy Body pillar focuses on increasing physical literacy and levels of physical activity while ensuring youth have a high-quality sport experience within their own communities. Ausome Canada is dedicated to providing free sport and recreation programs for children with autism. Based in Ottawa, the organization trains members of the community to better understand, support and work with individuals on the autism spectrum. Ausome’s programs, led by professional behaviour therapists and trained volunteers, are inclusive, structured and fun. MLSE Foundation’s $50,000 grant will directly support the Ausome Ottawa Basketball program, where 204 children and youth on the autism spectrum will be served at no cost.
Healthy Mind - Lady Ballers Camp (Brampton)
Physical activity has a positive effect on young people’s brains, improving mental health and making it easier to think and learn. The Healthy Mind pillar focuses on programming that provides safe physical and psychological spaces with opportunities to belong. Lady Ballers Camp develops girl-centred programs that encourage non-competitive physical, emotional and educational development. Based in Brampton, the organization actively engages in removing gender, social and economic barriers to help racialized teen girls rise above stereotypes and reach their full potential. MLSE Foundation’s $50,000 grant will directly support the Young, Dark and Anxious program, where 80 girls from marginalized communities will be served at no cost.
Ready for School - Outside Looking In (Northern Indigenous Communities)
Children and youth have more opportunities for future success if they have the support and skills they need to stay engaged academically. The Ready For School pillar focuses on providing opportunities to integrate sport and academics. Founded in 2007, Outside Looking In aims to empower Indigenous youth through the transformative art of dance, increase their mental and physical health and engage in self-expression. MLSE Foundation’s $50,000 grant will directly support the Indigenous Youth Dance and Education Program in four Northern Indigenous communities (Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School - Thunder Bay, Lac La Croix First Nation, Pikangikum First Nation, and Webequie First Nation), where 50 Indigenous youth will be served at no direct cost to participants.
Ready for Work - Erin Mills Youth Centre (Mississauga)
Sport and physical activity are powerful tools to teach the skills required to gain meaningful employment. The Ready For Work pillar focuses on providing opportunities for job-readiness through training that combines classroom and sport learning, to help youth gain both the hard and soft skills necessary for employment. Erin Mills Youth Centre provides recreation, education, and other activities for youth, alleviates the effects of racism, poverty, and other social barriers, while promoting public health for youth and their community. MLSE Foundation’s $50,000 grant will directly support the Generation Z program, where 100 newcomer youth will gain leadership experience at no cost.
About MLSE Foundation
MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to both develop and pursue lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of the Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, we improve the lives of youth by building facilities, giving to sustainable programs and empowering youth through sport and recreation. We level the playing field for kids by providing access to sport programming while intentionally developing life skills to support their physical and mental well-being. Since launching in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $35 million into Ontario communities. Visit mlsefoundation.org for more information and follow @MLSEFoundation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Media contact:
Nikk Kadbet, MLSE, Nikk.Kadbet@mlse.com, (416) 815-5524