Agency Spotlight – Start2Finish
Start2Finish have a vision of eradicating the effects of child poverty in Canada, through education. With branches across the country, their programs nurture mind, body and social health. They empower youth to succeed in the education system and become positive role models for change.
Start2Finish was founded in 2000, on the goal that all children in Canada would have the tools to succeed. Their first program distributed backpacks with school supplies and books to at-risk schools. This initiative quickly expanded to a weekly program that mentors and prepares students.
This weekly program took shape as the Running and Reading club. Launched in 2004, the program addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among children experiencing poverty. Operating directly in local schools, the program includes active games, reading time and nutritious snacks.
Start2Finish currently offer their Running & Reading Club program in 50 communities across Canada, including locally in Ottawa. In addition to this program, Start2Finish offer a Junior Coach program, Pathway of Hope Scholarship, and Daily 20 minute physical activity program.
Kids Up Front’s Impact
Kids Up Front partnered with Start2Finish in September 2018. Since then, we have provided their students with 154 tickets. These tickets represent a financial value of $2,100.
We’ve been delighted to help Start2Finish improve their participants’ social health by providing them with access to community events. Attending these events helps reduce social isolation and foster positive community relationships.
Program participants have had the opportunity to further their passion for recreation, with tickets to the Ottawa 67’s. In February 2019, 6 participants also had the experience of a lifetime, taking in a performance from the legendary Blue Man Group.
Reading & Running Group Coordinator Carolyn Lamoureux said the following of the Kids Up Front program:
“The tickets we receive from Kids Up Front allow us to focus on the social health of the kids in our program. The tickets provide our participants access to engaging community experiences they otherwise wouldn’t have. “
We’re proud to partner with Start2Finish, who take a holistic approach to personal health and success.
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