Who we fund

Go Green works hard to raise funds from supportive outside organizations and government programs so that its activities are financially accessible to mostly Newcomer and impoverished youth living in the Neighbourhood Improvement Area of Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park in Toronto. The Go Green Cricket & Sports Field is located at 130 Overlea Blvd. in the sub-licensed back school yard and in permitted indoor spaces at Valley Park Middle School. Its programs serve youth from all local schools aged 7 and up who reside in both communities.

In March 2014, the City of Toronto, through its Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020, identified 31 neighbourhoods as falling below the Neighbourhood Equity Score and requiring special attention. Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park comprise two of these 31 neighbourhoods and together form one of North America’s most densely populated high rise and culturally diverse South Asian and Southeast Asian communities.

In Thorncliffe Park alone, of its 19,225 residents according to the 2011 National Household Survey more than one-quarter (26%) are youth aged 14 years old and under vs 15% for the City average, while one-third of families (32%) were deemed to be low income. Almost half (49%) of Thorncliffe Park households spent more than 30% of their total income on housing vs 35% for the City average. The mother tongue of the majority of residents (71%) was a non-official language with the top four languages spoken in homes identified as Urdu, Persian (Farsi), Gujarati and Pashto.

The composition of Flemingdon Park is quite similar. Slightly more families (34%) are deemed to be low income, reflecting the presence of a large Toronto Community Housing Corp. development. Roughly 40% of households spend 30% or more of their total income on housing with the bulk (68%) of families speaking a non-official language. The top four home languages spoken at home were Urdu, Farsi, Tamil and Gujarati.

Because of these two communities’ unique status as new immigrant and identified high needs areas, Go Green has offered all of its activities free to youth since 2012. These activities included cricket & multi-sport skills training & various forms of youth leadership, mentorship and coaches training. We do this because we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of sport to bring families of diverse backgrounds together, to welcome them to Canada and to build their childrens’ self esteem and confidence to ensure their future success.

Beginning of 2016, Go Green offered an ecological component to its programs, as well as introduced new youth volunteer Leaders in Training (LIT) and Youth in Training (YIT) program. 

Upon registration, all families that want the subsidy are now being asked to provide a copy of their recent Revenue Canada Notice of Assessment or a bank letter. This must show that the family’s total household after-tax income matches or is below Statistics Canada’s most recently defined Low Income Cut Off After-Tax. Go Green will retain a copy of this document(s) for its private records.

The Low Income Cut-Offs After Tax (LICO-AT) are income thresholds below which a family will likely devote a larger share of its after-tax income on the necessities of food, shelter and clothing than the average family. The approach is essentially to estimate an income threshold at which families are expected to spend 20 percentage points more than the average family on food, shelter and clothing, based on the 1992 Family Expenditures Survey. LICOs are calculated in this manner for seven family sizes.

Who we fund is quite simple: neighbourhood youth from low income families who wish to play sports, stay active, learn about the environment, take on leadership challenges, become trained as mentors and coaches and who also wish to give back to our programs, younger youth and the community.

Youth aged 7 and up must provide evidence of their family’s financial need as stated earlier based on Stats Can’s LICO-AT. Please see the chart below or click here, to see the chart listing the maximum required income to receive free Go Green programming.

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