HOW DOES IT WORK?
Right To Play offers support to locally hired youth workers working in each of our partner communities and organizations. Through a combination of training workshops, in-community visits and over-the-phone coaching, Right To Play helps youth workers to design, launch, facilitate and measure the impacts of dynamic outcome-based programming for children and youth.
PLAY programs consist of regular weekly activities for children and youth from September through to August. The activities vary in each community but generally include leadership workshops, sport and recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, community events, sport clinics and youth-led initiatives. PLAY strives to create positive change through the guidance of the holistic wheel (right) and its teachings.
Each community that Right To Play partners with receives support and training in at least one of the following core programs and complementary programs:
HOW CAN YOU APPLY OR GET INVOLVED?
Are you from a First Nations, Métis or Inuit community or urban Aboriginal organization?
By applying for the PLAY Program your community and/or urban organization can receive:
Financial support to pay for up to half a local youth worker's salary to implement the PLAY Program;
Financial support to pay for up to $8000 in program expenses;
Specialized coaching and training from Right To Play staff;
Extensive professional development opportunities for youth workers including participation in three workshops with other PLAY Program youth workers from across the country.
And by participating in the PLAY Program, your youth can receive:
Enhanced leadership opportunities;
A safe and supportive mentor;
Sport and recreation activities;
Summer camp programming;
The opportunity to participate in sport-based clinics (hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball);
The opportunity to participate in a Youth Leadership Symposium with other youth from across the country.
How do you apply?
The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program is now closed.
Want more information on the application process and how your Community or Urban Indigenous Organization can work with Right To Play? Click to download our PLAY Application Info Guide for more details.
If you have any questions or comments about the application, please contact Maddie Lafleur,
PLAY Program Coordinator, via phone (604) 428-9249 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit a Letter of Interest
Right To Play is now accepting Letters of Interest from all First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and urban Indigenous organizations residing in any province or territory outside of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. By completing this Letter of Interest you are joining us in advocating that the PLAY program expand to reach more Indigenous children and youth through play-based life-skill programming.
Please complete this Letter of Interest to help us understand where there need is for programming, what that need is, and help to find support for its implementation.
The Letter of Interest is not a declaration of partnership nor does it guarantee a partnership with Right Top Play, however any communities or urban indigenous organizations who submit a Letter of Interest will receive a classification of priority consideration should Right To Play expand into other provinces and territories.
Requirement: Completed and signed Letter of Interest
WHAT ARE OUR IMPACTS?
Since 2010, PLAY has expanded from two to
more than 85 First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and Aboriginal urban organizations
across Canada, engaging approximately
5,000 Aboriginal children and youth. It is our goal to be able to reach more and more Aboriginal communities and urban organizations to instil greater opportunities for community growth, self-confidence in children and youth, as well as the motivation to create positive change for current and future generations.
Our outcome based programming model works to achieve positive change in four key areas:
Youth Employability and
Healthy Relationships. Below are just a few examples of our impacts:
of Communities that ran health focused programs observed and increase in physical activity among children and youth.
“[The PLAY program] opened our eyes about being more physically active, learning about our culture and eating healthier. We have lots of fun being there! We learn so many things that are not offered in school.”
- Youth Participant
of After School program participants said they were excited about school and developed a more positive attitude toward school.
“We believe that is Right To Play program has increased our student success rates and promotes higher graduation rates… All youth who have participated regularly throughout the year have had improvement in school performance and attendance. They are creating personal and career goals such as finishing school. They are creating a personal vision of what they would like to accomplish for themselves and their community.”
- Shoal Lake 39
of youth reported that the skills they developed working as a summer program staff will benefit them in their future job search.
"The benefit of seeing so many youth gather on a regular basis cannot be understated. The overall mood and engagement of everyone the reserve has improved. Youth bring an excitement for collaboration and a positive attitude that I've seen grow significantly in the past year. Sheguindah benefits from the presence and efforts of the Right To Play programs, ways beyond measuring – particularly in how youth now engage each other often, and in a good way."
LEARN MORE IN OUR PLAY PROGRAM REPORTS
WHERE DO WE PLAY?
Partnering PLAY communities are located far and wide in four provinces across Canada:
Below is a map of all of our communities and urban organizations partners from the 2015/2016 year:
WHO ENABLES US TO PLAY?
The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation
Daryl K. Seaman Hockey Fund at the Calgary Foundation
Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
The Harold E. Ballard Foundation
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Jays Care Foundation
The Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum Foundation
The London Community Foundation
Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
PepsiCo Canada Foundation
Public Health Agency of Canada
Riverside Natural Foods
The Slaight Family Foundation
Suncor Energy Foundation
Sun Life Financial
TELUS Manitoba Community Board
TELUS Vancouver Community Board
Thomas Sill Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation
Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario
Allteck Line Contractors
Andrea Warnick Consulting
Bereaved Families of Ontario
The Big Little Caravan of Joy
Canadian Lacrosse Association
Canucks Autism Network
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
James MacDonald Photography
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
Lifeguard Outreach Society
National Lacrosse League & Alumni Players
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Human Kinetics
See the full list of Right To Play Canada Funders and Partners.