What is Feet in Motion?
In summer 2017, a group of KGO residents set out to organize a “little” soccer tournament. The result? That “little” tournament attracted 250 youth aged 16-24 from all over the province! That success has inspired residents to organize another tournament, this time building in an employment services focus.
“Feet in Motion” will take place October 6-7, 2018 at West Hill Collegiate Institute.
Fifteen Youth Ambassadors are in the process of co-creating the event with support from The Storefront. The Ambassadors are:
- Learning about employment services, programs and approaches currently available in the area.
- Connecting with at least 10 youth-based employment service providers and/or youth-friendly employers and potential mentors who will participate in the event.
- Receiving mentoring and support to organize a soccer tournament.
- Working with an evaluation professional to design a mechanism to collect feedback, assess current use of services and programs and interest in future opportunities.
- Providing information to employment service providers on what youth need to succeed.
What are the impacts of Feet in Motion?
Increased Community Well-Being
250 young people are getting regular exercise and connection to community all summer long in preparation for the soccer tournament.
Increased Community Knowledge
Ambassadors and Tournament organizers are receiving training in technical aspects of sports, coaching, community development, event planning, evaluation and leadership.
Increased knowledge increases confidence. Both are important for applying to future jobs or seeking career advancement.
A foundation for Increased Community Wealth
250 participants will assess their own skills and interests, explore employment and training opportunities, learn more about employment services and supports, and provide feedback to inform and influence employment service providers to adapt their offerings to better serve the community.
YOU can help create this impact!
Your financial contributions will help achieve all the impacts above – increased community well-being, knowledge and wealth – by supporting the purchase of:
- sporting equipment (First aid equipment, jerseys, trophies, medals)
- supplies for the tournament and employment session planning and delivery (printing, office supplies)
- field/facility rental
- officiant fees
- food for young people during planning committee meetings and refreshments for players during the tournament
Please make your gift today!
BONUS! Every $1 you give below between June 1 and June 30 enters the Storefront in a draw for $10,000 to be awarded on July 1st. #GivingChallengeCA
*We’re also seeking volunteers for this event! If you have a career perspective you’d like to share with young people, or if you’d like to volunteer in other ways, please email Calvin Kangara or call (416)208-7197 ext 24.