We have been in operation since 1999, and during this time we have positively impacted over 18,000 kids, trained over 1,200 mentors and delivered programs in hundreds of middle schools located primarily in higher risk, lower income priority communities in Ontario and Alberta. Our turnkey operation allows us to expand into more communities across Canada with sufficient funding.
IMPACT AFTER THE 12 WEEK PROGRAM
Our students will make the transition from middle school into high school with greater confidence, armed with the skills and tools they need to cope, to overcome challenges and to plan for a brighter future.
Our Spring 2016 Participant Surveys demonstrate how our students become better prepared to enter high school, armed with the life skills needed to manage today’s pressures in a positive way:
- 100% agreed that they felt more confident
- 100% said they were satisfied with the program
- 100% said they understand how to handle the stress in their life more positively
- 98% said they could handle conflicts more positively
- 91% said they are able to communicate more effectively with others
- 90% said the program helped them deal with today’s problems
CONTINUED POSITIVE IMPACT LASTING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
We interviewed alumni from as far back as 2000 to give us a deeper understanding of the long-term benefits of the program, and discovered that 90% continue to use the life-success skills they learned at Kids Now, years after the program ended.
We also learned:
- 86% said the program helped them to set goals
- 81% said the program gave them the confidence to try new things
- 77% said they learned how to deal with peer pressures
LONG-TERM POSITIVE IMPACT TO OUR COMMUNITIES
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto conducted an SROI study for Kids Now in 2010 and the study estimated that for every $1 invested in Kids Now, a significant +25% average annual rate of return is generated through:
- Increased academic success
- Enhanced employment prospects
- Higher graduation rates
- Higher post-secondary education enrolment
- Reduced healthcare costs relating to mental challenges
- Reduction in welfare, special education & social justice costs