Since 1998, Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation’s Kids, Cops & Computers program has worked with the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards, as well as the Toronto Police Service, to uniquely leverage the power of technology for social good. In 2015, the Program was able to expandoutside of the City of Toronto through a new partnership formed with the RCMP Foundation.
Providing brand new laptops and Internet access is a large part of enabling youth to reach their potential. The support of Educators and Police Officers through monthly Lead and Learn sessions provides students with guidance and mentorship that establishes healthy relationships with authority figures and encourages them to positively impact their communities.
This year 805 new students joined the Program; 625 students in Toronto and 180 students in non-metropolitan communities across Canada in partnership with the RCMP Foundation. To date, over 4000 students have been impacted through involvement in the Kids, Cops & Computers program.
Toronto Police Service
The Toronto Police Service is one of Canada’s largest police agencies. The Service’s philosophy is built on their core values: Honesty, Integrity, Fairness, Respect, Reliability, Teamwork, Positive Attitude, and Freedom from Bias.
In September 2011, then Chief William Blair amalgamated the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Community Mobilization Unit. The newly formed unit, the Divisional Policing Support Unit (DPSU) continues to support the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Mobilization & Engagement Model of Community Policing adopted by the Service. Currently, Assistant Superintendent David Rydzik serves as the Unit Commander for DPSU.
In addition to TAVIS, DPSU is involved with several programs including:
- Neighbourhood Resource Support
- Youth Response Support
- Stop Bullying Now
- Crime Prevention/Graffiti Management
- Boards of Education Liaison
- School Lockdowns
- Aboriginal Peacekeeping
- LGBTQ Communities
- Volunteer Program
- Auxiliary Program
- Kids, Cops & Computers
DPSU provides a more effective, efficient and economical way of doing business and reflects the diverse and evolving communities through continued partnerships. Members are dedicated to preventing crime across the city and educating residents to maintain safe communities.
In December 2015, a new partnership was formed with the RCMP Foundation allowing Kids, Cops & Computers to expand outside of the City of Toronto.
The RCMP Foundation (formerly known as the Mounted Police Foundation) is a registered charitable organization. Since its introduction in 1994, the RCMP Foundation has donated over $9 million dollars directly to Canadian community groups to support hundreds of initiatives for the benefit of youth at risk.
In its pilot year, the RCMP Foundation enrolled 45 students in Kids, Cops & Computers in non-metropolitan communities in Alberta, New Brunswick, and Manitoba. The Program continues to expand outside of Toronto and this year180 new students were enrolled in the Program in 10 communities located in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia..
A bright future is anticipated for a growing number of students across Canada who will benefit from the access to technology and mentorship through the Kids, Cops & Computers partnership with the RCMP Foundation.
Toronto District School Board
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Canada. Their mission is to enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become responsible members of a democratic society. TDSB serves more than 246,000 students in 584 schools throughout Toronto, and more than 160,000 life-long learners in their Adult and Continuing Education programs.
With over 40% of their graduates ranking as Ontario Scholars, more than 80% of Toronto District School Board graduates go on to continue post-secondary studies at university or college.
Toronto Catholic District School Board
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ, that educates students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity. TCDSB serves more than 93,000 students in their 201 Catholic schools. The Board represents close to 475,000 Catholic school supporters in the City of Toronto.
Graduates of the Toronto Catholic District School Board are taught the virtues and values of the Catholic faith including community, responsibility, accountability, collaboration, caring and family, making them not just good students, but good citizens.
HP Canada has been a longtime supporter of the Kids, Cops & Computers program and is the hardware of choice for our students. As a leading technology company, HP strives to make technology more practical, usable, and valuable to all consumers. This alliance is a natural extension of HP’s culture of sharing technology solutions, expertise and talent to help strengthen the communities in which we work and live. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
HP Canada is the official Technology Partner for the Kids, Cops & Computers program. Over 4000 students have been provided with a brand-new HP laptop since the Program’s initiation.