August 5, 2021

Move-a-thon Meet Up & Ravine Walk

One more (easy & fun) way to move for mentoring

Join us Sunday August 22 @ 2-4pm  for a leisurely walk through the beautiful Rosedale ravine trail to Evergreen Brick Works. Where we’ll rest and enjoy some treats!  

Meet us at Yonge-Bloor TTC street-level (outside of HBC Hudson Bay). Look for your hosts Darrel & Dario. We’ll be leaving at 2:15pm sharp.

Bonus! Bring along family, friends, your mentor or mentee! Even if they’ve not joined the YAY Move-a-thon yet.

They don’t need to do the full #YAY400challenge – they simply download our Free Fitness Challenge app and can do this as a one-off activity or keep moving and finish off summer with us.


Moveathon Hikers

Facebook Event RSVP is not required – but will give us an idea of how many are coming and plan treats! Use it’s easy share feature to invite others.

Sunday August 22 @ 2pm-4pm

June 25, 2021

Fun Ways to Move for Mentoring During COVID Reopening Phase

Fun Activities to do in Toronto, GTA and York Regions

We’re emerging from the COVID-19 crisis and that means more things to do, more ways to start to enjoy summer, and most importantly – more ways to move for mentoring.

We rounded up some ideas for things you can do to get outside and move as part of our YAY Move-a-thon. Any way you choose to move will help over 400 kids on our waitlist to be matched with a mentor.

1) Go Floating

Ontario has a ton of slow-flowing rivers that are safe & surrounded by some of our province’s best nature. This list rounds up the best tubing spots. Or at least 9 of them! 

2) Night SUP Adventure

SUP as in stand up paddle board. Mix up your usual weekend night out and head to the water instead on a stand-up paddleboard through the waterways surrounding the Toronto Island.

3) Explore Nature Parks & Areas

  • Toronto outdoor hikesVisit the Toronto Islands. Spending time on the Toronto Islands is one of the best ways to spend a summer day!
  • Hike the trails at the Scarborough Bluffs for a fantastic view of Lake Ontario!
  • Tommy Thompson Park This hidden gem park is a perfect for nature lovers. What used to be a man-made trash site has now become known as Toronto’s urban wilderness!
  • Getting a taste of nature or the wilderness is no problem in one of the biggest
  • Visit Greater Toronto area parks and conservation areas. There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore and enjoy nature in the GTA area.
  • Provincial parks and conservation reserves are open for various activities. Discover the unique attributes of each park.
  • Get a taste of the good old outdoors and walk, run, or bike the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail that goes all around the province!
  • metropolises in the world. Toronto is filled with hidden trails that wind through parks and wooded areas, past rivers and lakes, and that are home to many flora and fauna to keep you engaged and excited throughout your journey on one of many nature trails on this list.

4) Enjoy Golf

Outdoor recreational amenities like golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, splash pads, outdoor pools and skate parks are now open, Outdoor limits for social gatherings now up to ten people.

5) Visit the Zoo

Yes! As of  June 19th The Toronto Zoo  is open to the public. Visit the zoo and walk around to check out the baby animals born over the last few months. Escape the concrete jungle of the city and go to the Toronto Zoo instead. With animals from all over the world from gorillas and beavers, to giraffes and tigers, it’s fun for the whole family!

6) Walk and Smell the Flowers

  • How’d you like to get a bouquet of flowers…cut by yourself? Then visit some u-pick flower gardens near you.
  • Lavender Farms is now open. So hit the road to enjoy a calming, meditative walk amongst these purple flowers. You can visit from Late June to Early August, with July being the best! 
  • Visit the Toronto Botanical Gardens for a little escape into nature and spend the day amongst the flowers in the many gorgeous gardens.
Lavender Farms

7) Farmer’s Markets in York Region are some of the most popular

  • Newmarket Farmers’ Market 2021Newmarket |  09:00 AM
  • Village Market at WaldorfThornhill |  08:00 AM
  • Merlin’s Hollow open houseAurora |  12:00 AM
  • Stouffville Farmer’s MarketWhitchurch-Stouffville |  09:30 AM
  • Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market 2021Markham |  09:00 AM
  • More details here

We’re moving with you virtually. No matter how you move – get out there and enjoy outside!  

June 2, 2021

Video Filming Tips for Social Media

Ready to share with the world that you’re moving for mentoring? Here’s some video tips to help you do that.

For most Social Media – Videos should be filmed LANDSCAPE: sideways/horizontal (not vertical) on your smart phone. Make sure the quality is clear with no background noise.

The exception is Instagram Stories, which should be filmed VERTICAL: the way you normally hold your phone.

Publish your video on your social channels and tag #400YAYChallenge to be featured on ours, and you can also email it to us directly at moveathon@yay.org

Tip:  if you post on Facebook publish as “public” so we can share it too!

May 17, 2021

YAY Move-a-thon 2021 Sponsorship

Ready to sponsor and make an impact that lasts a lifetime?

We’re accepting new sponsors for our 2021 Move-a-thon in support of peer mentoring.

Every $1 invested in mentoring high-risk youth returns $23 to society.

Bonus! Corporate Team Building.  Not only can you help our youth, but you can also engage in-office and remote employees in activities that encourage health and fitness fun as they move together (virtually) toward their fund-raising goal. Free Registrations for all your employees and their family.

Download our sponsorship kit or email ecarlson@yay.org

2021 Move-a-Thon Sponsorship Kit

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