In addition to considerable support from corporate partners, private foundations, schools and volunteer mentors, Kids Now benefits from the support and/or endorsement of the following:
We received a letter from Tracy MacCharles, Minister Children and Youth Services who “recognizes the important role that all community partners play as we focus on investing in people to build the future of Ontario.” To read the letter, click here.
In 2008, Kids Now signed a formal agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the third largest school board in North America. Under this agreement, the TDSB donates facilities for the Kids Now programs, and agrees to assist Kids Now in sourcing and securing new schools interested in offering our programs to their students. tdsb.on.ca
In 2009, Kids Now was selected as an Alberta’s Promise agency for our work in Alberta relating to sustaining and maintaining vital programs for youth in this province. Alberta’s Promise facilitates relationships between caring Albertan corporations and valuable community organizations working to make a difference. For more information, visit albertaspromise.org.
Kids Now has an official program endorsement from the Ministry of Education in Alberta, which has formally recognized “the positive life and social skills that the Kids Now program develops. (The Ministry) also commends the citizen engagement and volunteerism component of the program in terms of the volunteer mentors from the community who come into schools during their personal time to mentor youth.” www.education.alberta.ca
Kids Now is the only leadership program for Grade 7 and 8 kids that concentrates on the Emotional Intelligence skills kids need to feel good about themselves and have positive relationships – as recognised by the Ministry of Ontario – Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Our friend and long-time partner State Farm Canada, is not only interested in protecting your belongings but is also interested in protecting our youth against the dangers of bullying. We have recevied this lovely letter from them confirming that our great program is crucial to the positive development of our children. Click here to read the letter from Zac Stevenson, Community Relations & Public Affairs.
Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, lab school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children. She is the author of four international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Parenting Through Crisis, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right.
Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is a family therapist and author of books for parents such as We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids and Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive. He is an internationally recognized expert on resilience among youth and families, and leads a study that looks at how young people thrive in more than a dozen countries. www.michaelungar.ca
Dr. Karen Reivich is the co-director of the Penn Resiliency Project and a research associate in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a leader in the field of depression prevention, resilience, positive psychology interventions and school-based intervention research. Dr. Reivich is a co-author of two books: The Optimistic Child and The Resilience Factor. To read more about Dr. Reivich, click here.