28 Nov You can make a difference!
On #GivingTuesday, November 28th, New Leaf Foundation is launching our first annual end of year campaign to raise funds and awareness for our work. For over a decade, we have been a leader in Canada offering innovative programming that supports the mental, emotional, and physical resilience of youth in marginalized communities where barriers to resources often exist. In addition to offering close to 30 programs in schools, custody facilities and under-served communities, we also offer training which shares our trauma-informed model with the public and are soon launching an exciting new “whole schools initiative” with a training for educators. To make all of this possible, we rely on the support of people like you who offer what they can. Every contribution is so felt and appreciated!
As we move into a time of year that for so many involves giving to others, we hope you will consider giving the gift of tools that foster peace, resilience, and leadership to young people in our communities.
Follow the campaign over the coming weeks to learn more about the ways your donation will make an impact, how you can gift your donation to a loved one for the holidays, and how youth are benefiting from the programming we offer.
Hear from a Youth Participant
Our community program offers free, long-term drop-in classes and leadership opportunities for youth ages 14-24 in Regent Park, Rexdale, and Scarborough. Shania, age 16 years, has been attending our Rexdale drop-in program weekly over the past 6 months. We asked her about herself, what drew her to the class, and what keeps her coming back!
Shania shared that school, family, social media, and overthinking are a few things that cause her stress in her life. She finds that New Leaf’s class is a place she can drop everything and focus on her own needs; a friendly space filled with familiar faces, where Shania says she feels comfortable being herself and confident in her own skin.
“Other youth should have access to this program because so many people deal with so much on a daily basis and yoga is the best way to drop everything and really focus on yourself and your needs, mind and body.” – Shania
We’re excited to share that Shania will be starting as a youth intern in mid-January!Make an online donation