|Two determined campers conquer the high ropes course at Camp Woodeden, a Easter Seals Ontario facility.|
To help kids get the best start in life, Jays Care supports charity and community groups across Ontario that offer programs focusing on getting active, excelling academically and leading healthy lives.
To date, Jays Care has invested more than $3 million into the community through the Grand Slam Grants program.
In 2012, Jays Care Foundation disbursed more than $470,000 in Grand Slam Grants funding to 12 charitable and community groups across Canada that are impacting over 2,200 children and youth.
These organizations include:
Camp Oochigeas, Right to Play Canada, Moorelands Community Services, Precious Minds Support Services, Eva's Initiatives, Easter Seals Ontario, Success Beyond Limits Education Program, KidSport Ontario, Variety Village, Youth Assisting Youth, East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Holland Bloorview and Max & Beatrice Wolfe Children's Centre
The following categories of requests will not be considered for Grand Slam Grants funding:
Jays Care Foundation has moved its Granting Program to an online platform. In order to be eligible, all submissions must be made through our new online system.Please be advised:
This year, Jays Care Foundation is disbursing $470,837 in Grand Slam Grants funding to charitable and community groups across Canada.
The following outlines the organizations and projects that will receive Grand Slam Grants funding in 2012:
|Camp Oochigeas||The Camp Oochigeas Leadership Program provides its older cohort of campers, aged 16-18, with fundamental life skill development to better equip them to be positive and productive members of their community. It offers year-round programming with a focus on: leadership training, leadership expeditions, and service opportunities.|
|East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club||East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club plans to launch an Intramural Sports Program designed to increase physical activity among the 400 children and youth enrolled in their after school and evening programs. Beginning in May 2012, it will offer 8 week sessions of the following sports: baseball, hockey, volleyball, flag football and basketball.|
|Easter Seals Ontario||Funds will fully subsidize the cost of sending at least 25 children and youth with physical disabilities, from the GTA, to a fully accessible Easter Seals Camp, or a recreational activity of their choice in their own community.|
|Holland Bloorview||The Independence Program (TIP) is a 3-week life-skill development and residential program for young people, aged 17-21, with disabilities. TIP addresses a critical juncture in the lives of kids with disabilities - the transition from adolescence to adulthood. For 3 weeks in the summer, TIP participants learn how to live on their own in Ryerson University's downtown residence.|
|KidSport Ontario||Provide 257 children across Ontario with a season of baseball or softball. The funds will be dispersed through the KidSport grants program to under-resourced families who are unable to afford the cost of baseball registration and equipment for their kids.|
|Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children's Centre||Camp Erin Toronto is a bereavement camp for children ages 6-17yrs who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, friend, or loved one. Camp Erin Toronto is one of 30 Camp Erin locations across North America, but it is the first Canadian site and the only overnight bereavement camp available to children in Toronto.|
|Moorelands Community Services||Jays Care funding will benefit the Moorelands City Summer Day Camp program which serves the priority neighbourhood of Flemingdon Park/Thorncliffe Park. The camp focuses on building self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence while providing recreational programming.|
|Precious Minds Support Services||Blaze Summer Camp is a summer camp experience for children and youth with developmental disabilities. The camp runs for eight weeks (July & August) from 9am-4pm. The camp is designed with 3 goals in mind: development of social skills and life skills, personal responsibility for healthy nutrition and fitness, and much needed respite for the family.|
|Right to Play Canada||Jays Care funding will support the implementation of the Summer Sun Program in four remote fly-in First Nation communities for 2012 within Ontario. Summer Sun falls under RTP's PLAY (Promoting Like-skills in Aboriginal Youth) portfolio of programs. The Summer Sun Program is a 4 to 6 week summer day camp for children aged 4 to 15. It is staffed by local youth and Elders who take on the role of camp conselors and activity leaders. The program integrates cultural, sports / recreational, and learning activities.|
|Success Beyond Limits Education Program||The Summer Program addresses high school attrition rates in the Jane-Finch area by empowering and re-engaging students in their own education. The Summer Program runs for 6 weeks and is offered mainly for students entering grade 9. It offers a full TDSB credit to students called General Learning Strategies, which prepares them with the numeracy, literacy and life skills that they will need for a successful transition into secondary school. The program includes support from senior high school mentors and York University tutors, healthy meals, field trips and recreation.|
|Variety Village||Children in Motion is a multi-level program which is designed to teach and improve the fundamentals of sport, cooperating gaming, social skills, and fine gross motor skills for participants between the ages of 4-12 years in an inclusive, supportive environment. Eleven weeks in duration, each week focuses on a different skill/activity/sport.|
|Youth Assisting Youth||Jays Care Group Mentoring Program will provide immediate engagement, positive peer interaction and personal development to children while they wait to be matched with a One-on-One Mentor. The program offers free recreational and educational activities.|
If you have questions about Jays Care Foundation programs and outreach initiatives, or to inquire about fundraising events and giving opportunities, please contact Brendan Mohammed, Manager, Programs & Outreach, at 416-341-1170.