For measures like human security, education, and standard of living, Canada is 12th in the world on the 2018 UN Human Development Index. But applied to Indigenous communities? Canada’s rank falls to 63rd. Racialized and newcomer youth are also at risk of falling behind their peers; one-in-four Toronto children live in poverty – and Black, West Asian, or Arab children are three to four times more likely to do so than their non-racialized peers.
A decade ago, Right To Play launched programming in Canada in two Indigenous communities. Today, more than 85 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and 50 urban groups targeting newcomer and at-risk populations implement our programs, empowering youth to guide themselves to a better tomorrow. And, for those Right to Play reaches, it works.
But demand is higher than ever. Thousands of kids are missing their chance. At this watershed moment, the need to make a difference is urgent; the will to make things right has never been stronger. Now is our time to heal wounds inflicted by past generations and inspire future generations to succeed.
Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with Indigenous communities and urban organizations to train locally-hired Community Mentors to deliver weekly play-based programs that promote healthy living, healthy relationships, education and employability life-skills to over 6,000 children and youth. Community Mentors are trained and supported by Right To Play staff as they develop programs that are responsive to the individual needs of their community.
Right To Play's Youth To Youth (Y2Y) program uses the power of play to support young people living in Toronto to develop the skills and confidence needed to rise above adversity and become leaders in their own communities. Since 2010, Y2Y has partnered with local schools, community centres, and youth services to provide learning opportunities for youth to realize their potential, use their voice, and make their communities more inclusive and vibrant.
No matter their identity or background, Right To Play is helping Canada’s youth transform themselves from the uncertain to the unstoppable.