Ready, Set, Goal! is a free leadership program for children 9 to 12 years old. Program participants are given the space to strengthen their problem-solving skills, practice creative thinking, engage in a team, build confidence, and develop community awareness leading to civic engagement. Kids will be challenged to communicate powerfully, take on responsibility and most importantly, have fun!
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Registrations for the Ready, Set, Goal! 2022-2023 program year are now closed.
About Ready, Set, Goal!
Kids are matched one-on-one with a trained adult volunteer called a KidCoach. Each week they will connect for 30-minutes by phone or video call and develop leadership skills using our Activity Book. Four times during the program, groups of Kids and KidCoaches will come together as a Crew for virtual Activity Day sessions. Crews will practice teambuilding, discuss challenges, and celebrate successes in a safe and engaging space.
Kids will apply the leadership skills they learn in the program. With KidCoach support, their ideas and decisions are put towards a Goal of Contribution – a project that will have a positive impact on their communities. Kids become change makers!
We asked Kids and adults to think of as many possible ways a paperclip could be used. On average, Kids came up with five times as many ideas than adults!
Possibility Thinking is the ability to see opportunities where others see obstacles. Kids become powerful decision makers when they take ownership of their ideas. Our Kid-led approach allows them to feel seen, heard and acknowledged with support from a KidCoach that promotes learning opportunities in every situation. KidCoaches work with their Kids to turn possibility thinking into possibility doing!
Activity Days are virtual meet-ups for all Kids and KidCoaches. Connect with others in your Crew for an engaging time of team building and fun interactions. POP!Fest is a graduation celebration that showcases the accomplishments of Kids and KidCoaches throughout the program. Participation in Activity Days is mandatory. See below for important dates:
KidCoaches are adult volunteers who want to give their time to support Kids to become future leaders. They represent diverse cultures and backgrounds. A successful KidCoach is highly adaptable, non-judgemental, approachable and passionate about giving back to their communities by supporting kids.
To become a KidCoach they must be interviewed, reference checked, attend training, and submit a police background check.
KidCoaches and Kids are grouped into teams that we refer to as Crews. Crews are composed of up to 10 Kids and 10 KidCoaches, and are led by a volunteer Crew Captain, who is also a former KidCoach.
Your Crew Captain leads your Crew by providing support and encouragement. On Activity Days, Crews will connect as a group, doing activities together, and sharing about your experience in the program as you go along. As Crew members, you can also celebrate all that you've achieved together while you go through your own journey in Ready, Set, Goal!
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about Ready, Set, Goal!, you can email us at email@example.com which is the best way to reach us.
Voicemails will be answered as soon as possible by Eric Tam, our Program & Community Outreach Coordinator. You can contact Eric at (416) 923-0777 x239.