Future Possibilities Canada Inc
Our Impact Why We Exist
By giving children and youth an opportunity to develop positive and practical leadership skills, and by empowering them to take social action, they will be well prepared to face the opportunities and inevitable challenges of adolescence and adulthood. FPK is encouraging new generations of children to believe in themselves, invest in others and improve the communities around them.
What we aim to do:
- Increase Confidence
- Increase Leadership Skills
- Increase Awareness of Self and Others
Overall, we strive to increase the social and emotional well-being of our Kids so they feel an increased sense of belonging, more valued, happier and more “noticed” as a result of their participation in the RSG program.
Our Story What We Do
History of Organization
Geri and Harry Berholz launched Future Possibilities Canada in 2001 after being inspired by the program that was then operating in New York. Since 2001, more than 3000 children and 600 adults have participated in FPK’s one-of-a-kind community leadership and life skills development programs delivered to children and youth in underserved communities in Toronto, London and York Region.
Accolades and Accomplishments
Future Possibilities for Kids has been inspiring and empowering children to become leaders for over 10 years. More than 3000 children and 600 KidCoach volunteers have been involved in the agency and many more have been impacted by the goals of contribution, and the leadership skills developed by the Kids.
Formal awards received include:
- 2007 Organization of Character Award from The Character Foundation of York Region
- 2010 State Farm Good Neighbour Award
- Goals of Contribution features in several news outlets
Our most cherished accomplishments have been achieved by the Kids in our programs:
• Maria ran a poster contest to increase awareness about how war affects children • Zack spearheaded the collection of over 700 pounds of non-perishable food items for the local food bank • Katlynne formed a Friendship Club for newcomers to her school • Richard published a book of mystery stories, written and illustrated by his schoolmates, which he then distributed to children undergoing chemotherapy • Naveed acquired six new laptops for his out-of-date school computer lab • Rahul developed an anti-bullying website to support Kids in his school• Alexandra collected supplies to donate to the animal shelter
Our Programs How We Do It
FPK's Ready, Set, Goal! program inspires Kids to think big and imagine the possibilities for change and accomplishment in their own lives and that of their communities. Through our fun and interactive program, we empower children to think boldly, communicate powerfully, act generously, and explore “Possibility Thinking.” - the belief that anything is possible. Once inside that belief, Kids behave and are in the world in a way that has a positive impact on themselves and others. Goals of Contribution are the manifestation of Possibility Thinking and help Kids develop community leadership and life skills and encourage Kids to become active, engaged citizens.
Ready, Set, Goal!
In the Ready, Set, Goal! Program, through the course of 6 months, Kids aged 9 to 12 years are matched with trained volunteers called ‘KidCoaches’ who provide one to one support through weekly phone calls and at Activity Days throughout the program. Kids create a ‘Goal of Contribution’ and are coached through the process of delivering it, involving friends, families and members of the community.
Kids have contributed to the following organizations and causes through Ready, Set, Goal!:
• Women’s and children’s shelters
• Animal welfare organizations
• Canadian Cancer Society, Terry Fox Foundation
• Down Syndrome, Autism and Diabetes awareness
• Food banks
• Environmental causes
Funding and Program Partners
Ready, Set, Goal! is funded through individual donors, various corporate sponsors and works in strong collaboration with schools in the Toronto District School Board and the York Region District School Board. These donors and partners include:
American Express: American Express (AMEX) has generously provided volunteers and financial contributions to FPK's Ready, Set, Goal! program. Employees become involved as KidCoaches and Crew Captains.
Accenture: Accenture has provided volunteers and financial contributions to FPK's Ready, Set, Goal! program. Many employees get involved as KidCoaches.
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has provided volunteers and financial contributions to FPK's Ready, Set, Goal! program.
News Canada: News Canada provides financial and in kind support to disseminate news stories through their media network, helping to spread awareness of our organziation and our Kids' accomplishment. Staff from News Canada have also volunteered their time as KidCoaches for the Ready, Set, Goal! program.
Ready, Set, Goal! has positively impacted thousands of Kids in the development of leadership and life skills. Life skills can include things like empathy, confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem. Results from previous years showed that 96% of kids said they will use the life and leaderships skills they learned in the future.
Here's what FPK's Kids tell us about their experience:
- "I have become more brave and courageous in public speaking, more passionate and creative in my goals and more open to new ideas" Henry age 11
- “I"ve learned to express my opinion with confidence...” Santhiya age 10
- “I learned that you can do anything if you set your mind to it” Dhiral age 9
- “I learned that Possibility Thinking leads to many things" Angela age 10
- "Never give up on what you believe in" Myra age 9
- "I can turn anything into something positive" Keegan age 10
- "No goal is impossible" Yafiah age 10
Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program
"Youth lack the partnerships and mentorships with existing institutions that they desire, in order to hone skills and access resources".
Ready, Set, Goal! fills the mentorship gap that children in underserved communities in Toronto experience. They are able to engage with their community with their Goals of Contribution, and have a KidCoach to support them through the process.
"This program gave me a coach to help me to do a great goal. My coach Ryan told me about the homeless people and we talked about ways that we could help them. I thought about what I could do and I decided to start a clothing drive at my school."
9yr old Sathaya rallied his entire junior public school to gather clothing items for those in need. As a result, 12 bags of clothing were donated to the Salvation Army Eglinton Thrift Store. What an awesome accomplishment!
What You Can Do
Ready, Set, Goal!
Giving OpportunityActivities a donation will support
Investment in this program funding will allow us to:
- Attain appropriate meeting space
- Purchase food and materials for "Activity Days" when KidCoaches and Kids get together
- Cover transportation costs to get Kids to the Activity Days
- Recruit and train volunteers
- Support KidCoaches with challenges and obstacles that they are experiencing
- Monitor and evaluate our activities to ensure quality programming
Grants to this program will increase our ability to engage more Kids in the community, develop more partnerships, build their leadership and life skills abilities, increase their community involvment and provide a forum for them to work towards goals they feel passionate about-resulting in confident and engaged Kids.