Site: Burlington

Contact Information
Office Phone 905-319-1885
Toll Free Phone 1-888-320-8844
Fax 905-319-3413
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Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Wray, Director of Community and Volunteer Relations
Site Information
Located In Community Burlington
Address & Map
1295 North Service Rd
Burlington, ON L7R 4M2
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Intersection Kerns Rd and Hwy 403
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name Start to Finish
Agency Information
Description (Agency) An organization whose purpose is to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada’s at risk children throughout their school years, nurturing mind, body and social health so they are empowered to succeed and become role models for change.
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Brian Warren, Founder and Executive Director
Alternate Executive Paul Huyer, Chair
Funding Donations ; Foundation
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Fitness and Literacy model is rooted in volunteerism, children’s literacy, health, and education with sustainability from lasting partnerships with businesses, schools and community groups * comprehensive programs are focused on academic achievement, physical fitness, nutrition and social interaction: 
Backpack Program 
Annual program which distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to the most at-risk schools across Canada * each September, the program, in cooperation with school boards and local administrators, identifies children with the greatest needs in low-income communities across Canada, and equips students with the tools needed to help 'even the playing field' and prepare them for a successful school year * the annual 'In the Bag' Back-to-School Supply Drive partners with corporations, local businesses, community groups and individuals to collect the necessary backpacks and supplies  
Running & Reading Club  
Weekly after-school program, which empowers children to improve their literacy skills, physical fitness and social and behavioural skills, and prepares them to achieve life-long success * effectively addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among economically challenged children in the communities it services * currently services over 1,600 children across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, including several First Nations communities.  
Running & Reading Clubs operate directly within local inner city schools, and run for two hours per week for 32 weeks from October to June * takes children on an “adventure” that improves their physical, mental, emotional and social health, fostering discipline, goal-setting and literacy * builds strength and endurance through running and fitness activities, provides individualized assistance in both reading and writing and a balanced, energy-filled snack * program culminates in Start2Finish 5 Km Running & Reading Challenge and an awards ceremony recognizing each child’s achievement at the end of the school year. 
High School Assistance Program  
Established to address high drop out rates by providing training and preparation for students entering high school, as well as the opportunity to develop leadership skills and ‘give back’ by becoming “Junior Coaches” in Running & Reading Club program * goal is for each student to continue developing the confidence and ability obtained through Start2Finish’s programs * designed for Start2Finish alumni who have successfully completed grade school, participated in Start2Finish programs, and are recommended by their principals.  
Pathway of Hope Scholarship Program 
Offers post-secondary scholarships to economically challenged high school students continuing their education at a Canadian university or college, who demonstrate significant leadership, community service and academic excellence * available to students across Canada who are currently in their final year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec) * priority given to (but not limited to) applicants who have participated in Start2Finish programs as recipients or volunteers * eligible candidates must demonstrate need for financial assistance. 
Annual fundraising campaign has specific contribution targets by province * funds are donated by Canadian corporations, foundations, service clubs and private Individuals
Hours Mon-Fri 9:30 am-5 pm (EST)
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Contact for information.
Languages English
Fees None
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Dropout Prevention ; Instructional Materials ; Leadership Development ; Leisure Equipment/Supplies Donation Programs ; School Supplies Donation Programs ; Student Financial Aid ~ At Risk Youth ; Youth Enrichment Programs ~ At Risk Youth

Agency Overview

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