Our Mission

“Our mission is to help deserving yet financially disadvantaged kids access the technology and tools they need to reach their academic & personal potential”

Our Program

Kids, Cops & Computers  works in partnership with Toronto Police Service and the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards to uniquely leverage the power of technology for social good.

Overview

By giving technology and Internet access to kids, who might otherwise go without, we enable them to compete academically. We support educators and police officers to deliver programming that establishes healthy relationships with authority figures and encourages kids to positively impact their community.

Our Program runs from Grades 7 – 12 and provides kids with tools and skills to help them reach their academic and social potential.

We have assisted almost 3,500 kids and their families, with more new kids having started the Program in the last four years than in the previous 15 years combined. Currently we have over 2,500 kids in our Program, with a record 600 starting this school year.

Our unique solution helps youth become better community citizens.

Kids, Cops & Computers program participants have:

  • Improved grades
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved technology literacy
  • Stronger relationships with police
  • Greater community engagement

Details

Our kids join the Program in Grade 7. This school year we have 600 kids at an estimated 35 schools participating. Each school has a group of 12-25 Grade 7 students. Our kids receive their brand new HP laptop computer at our Program Launch, which takes place at their school.

In the Junior Year of the Program (Grade 7) our kids participate in Lead & Learn sessions with their Toronto Police Service officer. They cover topics related to technology, online safety and community citizenship. They also complete an assignment for Demo Day to show their peers what they’ve learned in the Program using their new computer. The junior year culminates at Inspiration Day link to next section (inspiration day).

In the Senior Years of our Program (Grades 8-12) our kids participate in ongoing contests that encourage them to use their computers to showcase their special talents and abilities. There are also opportunities to benefit from special outings and experiences offered by our supporters and they often act as ambassadors at our fundraising events. Our kids can also apply for Good Citizen Scholarships (link to scholarship section in kids section) to help fund their post-secondary education.

This school year we are excited to launch our expanded Senior Years Program to further our mission of achieving a more successful future for our kids and their communities. Stay tuned for details!

Selection

In consultation with our partners, TPS, TDSB and TCBSB we meet every year to choose the schools who will participate in the Program in the upcoming year. Educators at these schools then nominate Grade 7 students to participate based. Final approval of participants lies with our Program Development Manager.

Inspiration Day

Inspiration Day is a celebration of our kids where we congratulate them on successfully completing the first year of the Program and moving on to the next exciting stage, while acknowledging all of their achievements and the successful futures that lie ahead for them.

Inspiration Day

Inspiration Day is a celebration of our kids where we congratulate them on successfully completing the first year of the Program and moving on to the next exciting stage, while acknowledging all of their achievements and the successful futures that lie ahead for them.

Overview

Inspiration Day is a celebration of our kids where we congratulate them on successfully completing the first year of the Program and moving on to the next exciting stage, while acknowledging all of their achievements and the successful futures that lie ahead for them.

Details

2016 date TBD

Inspiration Day usually takes place on a weekday in late May or early June.

Programming includes; awards, scholarships, entertainment, motivational speakers, pizza lunch and a great time!

Selection

Every year we offer a number of $1,000 Good Citizen Scholarships awarded to exceptional kids in our Program to support their post secondary education. These scholarships are based not only on good academic performance, but also on the impact the recipients are making in their community.