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?
Thank you for your interest in the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program! At this point in time our application process is now
closed and we will not be accepting any further applications for the 2016/17 programming year. Our next application cycle will be open to the public towards the end of May, to the beginning of June 2017.
Want more information on the application process and how your community or urban Aboriginal organization can work with Right To Play? Click to download our PLAY Application Info Guide.pdf for more details.
For other volunteer, co-op placement or employment inquiries, please contact Jasmin Glaw, PLAY Program Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ARE OUR IMPACTS?
Since 2010, PLAY has expanded from two to
88 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 QUARTERLY REPORTS
NATION TO NATION REPORT
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 Harold E. Ballard Foundation
The Harrison-Cooper Foundation
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Jays Care Foundation
The Laidlaw Foundation
The Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum Foundation
The London Community Foundation
Manitoba Department of Children and Youth Opportunities
Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Public Health Agency of Canada
Suncor Energy Foundation
Sun Life Financial
Tim Horton Children's Foundation
True Sport Foundation
Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation
Allteck Line Contractors
Andrea Warnick Consulting
Bereaved Families of Ontario
The Big Little Caravan of Joy
Canadian Women's Hockey League
Chiefs of Ontario
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
The Hincks Dellcrest Centre (Gail Appel Institute)
Karen Grant Consulting
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
National Lacrosse League
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
Parachute – Leaders in Injury Prevention
Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Human Kinetics
See the full list of Right To Play Canada Funders and Partners.