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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ajax-Pickering will be launching a $30,000 program called Healthy Minds for Safer Communities. This new school-based mentorship initiative will promote positive mental health amongst at risk elementary school children in Ajax. At least 100 children will be served by this project which is being delivered in partnership with Durham Regional Police Services – West Division, Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic School Board, Kinark Child and Family Services, and Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Staff and mentors will receive training, education, and support from the mental health organizations. They have been granted $2,500 to support this worthy initiative.
Emerging Leaders is a new initiative being launched by Dan Carter and his team of volunteers as part of his annual Day of Hope & Leadership. This September, 60 youth between the 15 and 25 years of age will spend a day of inspiration and learning at St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture. Together, they will also develop and deliver community projects valued at $3,000 over the course of the next year. The attendees are being nominated by schools and community organizations. They have been given $1,500.
Community Development Council of Durham Region in collaboration with the Congress of Black Women will present ‘A Celebration of Music-Concert’. This concert will celebrate and support diversity showcasing our community’s diversity. It will be held next October in the St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture. More than 200 people are expected to participate in this event. They have been granted $1,700.
Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region will deliver workshops to 130 youth who are at risk of adopting criminal behaviours. The workshop is named Conflict, Anger, Learning Communication and Mediation or simply, CALM. Through a series of workshops the participating youth will develop the skills necessary to handle stress and conflict in a healthy manner. This program will be delivered in collaboration with Durham Region Police Services and all youth social service agencies. They have been granted $1,500.
This summer, Scientists in School will be launching a new and innovative program called Scientists in Summer. It is a community workshop program designed specifically for summer camps, daycares and other community groups for kids aged 3-12. More than 700 children will attend these workshops which are 60-90 minutes in length and can accommodate up to 30 kids per session. Presenters will bring subject expertise and passion to discovery-based learning programs, and plentiful science materials to every workshop. With workshops such as: The Planet Digs Bugs, Obey Newton: It’s the Law! and Please Play with your Food!, children are sure to have fun while sparking an interest in science that can last a lifetime. They have been granted $4,200.
Meet and Eat is a new program started by The Youth Centre in collaboration with the Ajax Public Library to address the needs of disenfranchised youth and young adults in Ajax who come to the library during the day. The program offers a safe, welcoming place to share a small meal, enjoy some activities, engage with local Youth Outreach Workers, and access community resources through luncheon guests. The program takes place every other Wednesday. They have been granted $2,325.
Kinark Child and Family Services’ Positive Parenting Program – also known as Triple P –supports families waiting for treatment by advancing their knowledge, skill, and coping techniques for dealing with behavioural and emotional problems in preadolescent children. It is an eight-week program that will accommodate 10 Ajax families. This project was awarded $4,610.
Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. In 2013, there were 258 Help-Portrait events around the world. The Ajax Photography Club plans to offer this program to more than 20 local individuals and families this year. It will give them lasting memories and boost self-esteem. They have been given $1,000.
The Literacy Council of Durham Region and the Congress of Black Women are collaborating to support education by offering scholarships through their annual “Inspiring Confidence” celebration. These awards, offered by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, were created to carry on the work of Kay Livingstone — a founding member of the Canadian Negro Women Association — who inspired the other “Women of Vision” to plan and implement programs and events to enrich the black community. They have been given $1,500.
Young Singers is a community children’s choral group founded in Ajax by Artistic Director Anna Lynn Murphy, a local resident. More than 600 singers beginning at the age of six are given the opportunity to train and perform in front of audiences across the GTA. Young Singers will be holding their annual Winter Concert, on Saturday, December 13 at Forestbrook Community Church. The performance will showcase all four choirs of Young Singers (ages 6 to 21 years old). They have been given $1,000.
Lincoln Avenue Public School is a vibrant, but small and older school in Pickering Village that lacks some of the amenities and fundraising capabilities of their larger counterparts. The school lacks some basic sporting equipment such as balls, nets, safety mats, and jerseys. This equipment will contribute to the school community’s efforts to engage and build school pride among its students. In particular, the equipment will be shared with a number of community organizations using the school during off hours, including Boys & Girls Club. They have been given $1,000.