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This Hybrid online & in-person Intro To The World’s Most Universal Sport “Soccer Speaks” is a 6 week virtual-lead program leveraging universal language of sport to promote physical activity while creating an inclusive community that connects vulnerable youth struggling with social integration, isolation & anxiety.


The program, hosted by professional soccer players Skylar Thomas, Dwayne De Rosario, Carmelina Moscato & Jonelle Hopkins. In partnership with KickDeck it is intended to support the needs of marginalized youth & children that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 & are struggling to maintain their physical health & mental well-being.


These lessons will be delivered on a weekly basis in an online format & will be drawn from the KickDeck Training program. Following the release of the weekly pre-recorded soccer training session, participants will have the opportunity to engage with professional soccer players for a follow-up zoom session, where they can ask questions about that week’s training, engage in dialogue around that week’s character theme, receive pro tips & tricks, & gain insight into a day in the life of a professional.

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The Physical Activity & Nutrition program in partnership with the City of Ottawa & Ottawa Police Service provides an opportunity each year for up to 100 participants 10-16 years of age, in economically disadvantaged communities, to participate in a combined program involving both physical activities & healthy meal preparation & nutrition education. With the program goals to: 

  • promote the importance of sport, recreation, healthy living & good nutrition

  • Enhance leadership opportunities through quality grass roots programming

  • Strengthen sport participation opportunities for economically disadvantaged Children & youth

  • Offer accessible, free & sustainable programs that are innovative, safe & fun which respond to the community needs

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Physical Activity and Nutrition
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In Partnership with Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) Mentoring for Success pairs one-to-one mentoring for youth as they transition out-of-care and/or begin their post-secondary education with engaging events & physical literacy.


During these often difficult years, youth are able to consult and visit with adult mentors who can provide encouragement and guidance. As part of Positive Transitions for Youth, DCAF facilitates the process to recruit and train up to 50 adult mentors. Mentors support youth aged 13-21 years old who are in care of Durham CAS, or who are from the Durham community. For more information on becoming a mentor please see:

Active Mentoring for Success
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