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.

A mentor’s impact on a young person’s life can be immeasurable – they provide guidance, encouragement and a sense of togetherness. Yet today, 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor. And for those who do have a mentor, COVID-19 has forced those relationships to change while the world navigates the realities of social distancing. It’s also given us the opportunity to create many virtual mentoring programs and change how we do mentoring in the future. 

During this pandemic it’s no longer a luxury, rather a necessity, for students and members of disadvantaged communities to stay safe online to work, learn and mentor remotely. As the curve continues to flatten, mentor matches must consider what returning to normal may look like. 

Working with us at Youth Assisting Youth, reBOOT Canada, will be providing laptops to members of our mentorship program, helping bridge the gaps in communication tools between mentors and mentees.

Every time 6 of our movers unlock a #YAY400challenge milestone reBOOT Canada will match a laptop to one of our kids. That’s one more reason for you to move for mentoring! 

reBOOT Canada has also just received funding from Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) for an exciting new project! Their new endeavor is as one of the recipients of CIRA’s new $1.25 million Community Investment Program granting initiative. One of 20 funded projects, reBOOT will be integral in CIRA’s mission to expand internet infrastructure and digital literacy to the parts of Canada with the least access to these commodities. reBOOT Canada will be targeting their work in five small communities in Northern Ontario, where local rural and Indigenous youths will stand to benefit from computer training and free Wi-Fi hotspots. 

We look forward to reBOOT Canada improving digital lives in our own mentoring community, as well as across Canada.

P.S. You can also donate your used electronics!

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