Our first Ontario Trillium Foundation grant allowed us to make the “I'M A CHAMP” project a reality. The funding allowed us to deliver three high quality, fitness and leadership programs to over 380 youth for free. We had 22 youth take on the role of head coach in our My Turn to Coach Program. We had 120 youth participate in our Ace Your Interview Youth Edition at four different host locations. We provided over 30 weeks of programming at the Harbourfront Community Centre to more than 250 youth.
Overall, MJKO scored 86% or higher on all survey questions on our student evaluation at the end of the year. Everyone had a great experience with the“I’M A CHAMP” program. The majority of the participants gained confidence and learned ways to help make their communities better. After the classes began, the youth started to feel more comfortable with their own abilities. It is important to note that ALL of the youth would take the classes again, if offered.
Over the year, there was a positive shift with regards to how the participants felt about the police. At the end of the program 87% said they would approach a Toronto Police Officer if they have any fears or concerns. This program has helped the youth discovered that the police are here to help. It has also taught the police that the kids are not "bad" but just kids.
We are happy to report that over the past year, we participated in two live news segments (Global News and Breakfast television). We were able to give away four brands new bikes, thanks to generous donations of Toronto Police Services and Rosenwig, McRae Thorpe LLP.
Most importantly, we had over 1,000 volunteer hours donated by Torontonians who care. Without you - none of this would be possible. Thank you from the whole MJKO family.ly.
About Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,000 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province.