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October 5, 2020

Youth Assisting Youth announces 2020 Move-a-thon fundraising total

Thank you!

Youth Assisting Youth along with presenting sponsor McCarthy Tétrault, are extremely proud to announce the results and impact of the 2020 YAY Move-a-thon Fundraiser.  “Thanks” for all of the amazing ways that you moved for mentoring!

Your support was instrumental in sustaining our life-changing mentoring program during the pandemic, helping at-risk kids to stay connected from a distance, build resiliency and succeed in the face of adversity.

How much did you help raise?

With support from 65 participants, 11 teams, 6 sponsors and hundreds of donors, we raised more than $38,000 for our youth mentoring program. While those same 65 participants and 11 teams, ran, walked, swam, skated, danced, cartwheeled, hula-hooped and moved for a total 13,404 Kilometers, leading to the donation of 6 laptops to 6 kids by reBOOT Canada ($11,500 value). 

This is absolutely amazing, and again we thank you! 

YAY Moveathon Youth Fundraising Impact

Mentoring matters

Mentoring is proven to have a significant effect on youth and their ability to succeed, and 98% of the youth that we’ve worked since 1976 have gone on to graduate from high school. Research also shows that youth who have a mentor are 55% less likely to skip school; 55% more likely to enroll in college; 46% less likely to start using drugs; and 81% more likely to be engaged in extracurricular activities (www.mentoring.org). Furthermore, adults who had a mentor in their youth earn $315,000 more income in their lifetime, and every $1 invested in youth mentoring for high-risk youth returns $23 to society (Mentoring Effect on Health 2016).

Big shout out to all our 2020 sponsors

Presenting Sponsor – McCarthy Tétrault; Technology Sponsor – ReBOOT Canada; Gold Sponsor – BLG Borden Ladner Gervais; Silver Sponsor – Torys LLP; Silver Sponsor – Shell Canada; Silver Sponsor – Brian Elder Be-At-Home.com; Special Thanks to – NKPR Inc. and Mediatonic Digital. 

The support and generosity of our sponsors helped to make this event a success, while also helping us to sustain our life-changing programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank them for their committed support of our YAY Move-a-Thon and our 1:1 Youth Mentoring Program.

We had fun moving with you

On behalf of everyone at Youth Assisting Youth, staff, volunteers, mentors, mentees and families, as well as our event sponsors, we would like to thank everyone involved for their tremendous support of this important initiative. You truly made this inaugural event special, and your support is having a real, life-changing impact on the lives of youth across Toronto! Thank You!

If you want to keep supporting our youth consider doing a monthly donation here

Are you doing something special at your work, community or school? Talk to us about how you can easily add-on fundraising for youth mentoring! Email us at mail@yay.org

YAY Youth Sponsors 2020 Moveathon
July 31, 2020

Meet Our Mentoring Movers!

A few more weeks are left to ride, walk, run and move at a safe distance in support of youth mentoring.

And you’ve already matched 3 laptops to kids in need and raised just over $24,000 of our $50,000 goal. Yay!

We need our current and new movers to keep moving toward their goals because every time the group unlocks a #YAY400challenge milestone ReBOOT Canada matches one of our youth with a laptop!

Your fundraising is greatly needed so that we can focus on connecting youth and mentors in meaningful, life-changing relationships – offline and online.

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July 30, 2020

Quick Tips to Stay Hydrated While You Move!

As we power through the #YAY400challenge, or just go about our daily lives, there’s one thing we can’t forget – water!

Over 60% of our bodies are made up of water, but it’s still all too easy for us to lose track of just how much we have to be drinking every day. Experts recommend the 8-by-8 rule – eight 8-ounce glasses of water – per day for optimal results, but when you add in lots of movement those numbers likely need to go up. Here are a few tips to keep your daily intake up!

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July 23, 2020

Artist Stevvan Anderson donating partial proceeds of paintings to Youth Assisting Youth

50% of the sales of Stevvan paintings will support at-risk and newcomer youth mentoring in Greater Toronto Area and York Region.

We are proud to present our collaboration with Stevvan Anderson, an artist who is offering a unique contribution to Youth Assisting Youth’s #YAY400challenge for our YAY Move-a-thon! 

Now you have one more way you can help support youth mentoring by purchasing on of Stevvan’s creations at STEVVAN.COM

Discover his richly-hued, diverse body of work. Each purchase will directly contribute to helping 400 youth in need be matched with a meaningful mentor!

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July 16, 2020

No More Excuses, Start Moving for Mentoring

What is your favourite excuse to not exercise?

Do you find yourself saying you don’t have the time, you’re too tired or not motivated enough? Do you feel that there is not enough room for physical activity in your life? Here are solutions to all the good excuses for sitting on the couch!

I’m running out of time.

Active people are not necessarily those who have the most free time. It is above all a question of priorities and interests. Being active is even part of the way to give ourselves energy to more effectively accomplish all of our other activities. During busier times, allow yourself to do a little less or split your time into a few blocks. Example, 1 hour into two blocks of 30 minutes.

It does not interest me.

Perhaps you think you have to suffer for it to be worth it. Think again! All activities are good for health. Perhaps you are already doing more than you think.

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July 10, 2020

Move for Mentoring Video Challenge

We need your help to help motivating our YAY Move-a-thon movers and change-makers! Create a short video on your phone to share why you move for mentoring.

From July 8 to August 23, challenge yourself to move 400 km to support youth mentoring. In over 40 years, we’ve helped more than 30,000 kids with our proven youth mentorship program. When you move for mentoring…you move 400 kids off of our wait list into meaningful partnerships with mentors.

Plus with every challenge milestone unlocked on our fitness app unlocked, ReBOOT Canada will match one of our kids with their own laptop! 

Add your voice to our campaign with a video that expresses what moving for this cause means to you. Just follow the quick & easy guidelines below, and feel free to use your own words!

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July 3, 2020

reBOOT Canada Matches Laptops to Mentoring

Youth Assisting Youth announces reBOOT Canada is matching laptops to youth mentors and mentees during their new fitness fundraiser

We are thrilled to introduce you to reBOOT Canada, our Technology Sponsor for YAY Move-a-thon 2020. We have teamed up with this amazing charity that refurbishes donated computer equipment to provide individuals, and non-profits, with access to subsidized technology, and training.

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June 23, 2020

Are you ready to get moving?

Over the next few weeks we’re here to be your cheerleader! We’ll be sharing all the good reasons why it’s a win–win for you to move for mentoring.

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