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Strive to Thrive

Strive to Thrive is The Children’s Foundations’ newest program that is set to complement both Playing for Keeps and Camps of Hope. Playing for Keeps provides children and youth with opportunities to stay physically active, Camps of Hope provides experiences for children and youth to venture outside of their neighborhoods, and learn who they are as an individual, and now with Strive to Thrive, we can provide the freedom for youth to learn new skills through funding and resources.

Strive to Thrive will help pay for registration costs for youth who are interested in taking skills courses to strengthen their ability to become independent, productive adults. Strive to Thrive will help with courses such as mental health first aid, cooking classes, driving courses, budgeting classes, and any course, or class that will help youth to ‘thrive’ in their lives. Funding is also available for mental health resources such as therapy and counseling.

With the growing numbers of children and youth experiencing challenges to their mental health, and the added effects of Covid-19 pandemic safety measures such as restrictions and isolation for safety, The Children’s Foundation wants to focus on delivering programs and resources to youth that will strengthen and support their physical, mental, and emotional health and to offer mental health support where greater needs are identified.

The Children’s Foundation, working with Highland Shores Children’s Aid, identifies at-risk children and youth’s mental health as a priority. The Highland Shores Children’s Aid has a team of trained social workers who can identify those at greatest risk in terms of their mental health, offer support and resources to them, or refer them to other professionals, often before they are in crisis.

Strive to Thrive will offer to fund courses and classes aimed at creating positive self-esteem for youth, as well as providing life-skills training. Strive to Thrive will offer care kits for youth, youth who may be living on their own for the first time, and care packages for youth who may need the extra support. Strive to Thrive will also offer ‘resource booklets’ to youth who are out on their own, at school, or looking to learn more about the area they are in. The resource booklet will be curated specifically to the youth’s location, interests & needs. It is crucially important that youth who may be at school, living on their own, or looking to explore have the resources they need to do so.

Eligibility for Strive to Thrive Courses, Classes & Mental Health Resources

Register a minimum of 10 business days prior to the start of the class to ensure the application will be processed

  • Recipients must be between the ages of 13-21 years (if the applicant is under the age of 13, please send in an application, exceptions may be made)

  • Family must reside in Hastings, Northumberland, or Prince Edward Counties and be unable to pay the registration costs

  • Families may apply for up to $300 per calendar year

  • Funds are awarded only for registration fees

  • Proof of Employment and additional info may be required to process the application

  • All application forms must be fully completed for the application to be processed

  • Payment will be made directly to the organization/program

  • Organizations must provide proof of registration before payment will be issued

  • Families are asked to contribute a minimum of 10% of the registration fees if possible

  • Applicants and organizations will be notified within 10 business days of receipt of their fully completed application regarding approval status if possible

  • Families involved with HSCA are not required to send proof of income

  • Families on ODSP or OW are required to send proof of income

  • Families not involved with HSCA or on ODSP or OW, are required to send proof of income. Please attach to your form, or send a separate email to tcf@highlandshorescas.com with the first and last name of the child in the subject line

Eligibility for Strive to Thrive Care Packages & Resource Booklets

  • Recipients must be between the ages of 13-21 years

  • Family must reside in Hastings, Northumberland, or Prince Edward Counties

  • Families involved with HSCA are not required to send proof of income

  • Families on ODSP or OW are required to send proof of income

  • Families not involved with HSCA or on ODSP or OW, are required to send proof of income. Please attach to your form, or send a separate email to tcf@highlandshorescas.com with the first and last name of the child in the subject line

 

How can Families Apply?

  • Fill out the form below and submit

  • Print a PDF form below and send a photo or scan it to tcf@highlandshorescas.com

  • Pick up a form at any of The Children’s Foundation or HSCA locations

  • Telephone– 613-962-9292

  • Email- tcf@highlandshorescas.com requesting a form