The Toronto Community Foundation connects philanthropy with community needs and opportunities in order to
make Toronto the best place to live, work, learn and grow.
We are home to 400 Funds joined by a common purpose: the desire to build a vital community through high-impact
Thanks to twenty-five Fundholders and several corporate partners, George Brown, Gildan, Indigo, Loblaw, SAP, To-
ronto CREW, and Wonder +, we launched the Beyond 3:30 program in partnership with Toronto District School Board
and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.
This is our mid-term report on the Beyond 3:30 program.
“The Community Foundation has the
clearest understanding of the needs and
opportunities in Toronto.”
Deborah A. Beatty, The Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation
Re-establishing schools as the ‘hubs’ of their communities
This innovative pilot program is designed to provide a safe, stimulating place at no cost for middle school students
to gather between the hours of 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on school nights.
It runs in eight middle school in high-needs neighbourhoods.
The following schools are participating:
Brookview Middle School Dr. Marion Hilliard
Joseph Brant Senior Public School Lawrence Heights Middle School
Rockcliffe Middle School Smithfield Middle School
Beverley Heights Middle School Valley Park Middle School
“Farhad started the program as a very shy participant. Several of the
other students warned staff that he was in the ‘special needs’ class. He is
not shy any more. He is taking part in activities and other students are ap-
proaching and including him in their activities. He has come completely
out of his shell and the other students have grown and have shown com-
passion and the ability to see past the label of ‘special needs’! He regu-
larly tells the staff how much he likes Beyond 3:30.”
Jennifer Drummond, Program Coordinator
What Led to Beyond 3:30
Our response to the findings from Toronto’s Vital Signs®
The Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report is our annual snapshot on the quality of life in our city. Last year it revealed that
after 3:30 pm unsupervised children are more likely to engage in gang-related or delinquent behaviour, or become
victims of crimes.
In addition, Toronto’s Vital Signs® reported that Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods have large concentrations of stu-
dents living in poverty, and that these students have less exposure to mainstream cultural, recreational, and enrich-
ment programs relative to their counterparts in more affluent neighbourhoods. Beyond 3:30 seeks to address this
disparity and provide vulnerable students the same opportunities as others in Toronto. This program truly extends
beyond the classroom.
Excerpt from Toronto’s Vital
Becoming a Partner for Positive Change
Bringing together the right people and organizations to make it happen
A successful program only happens through partnership. Here is the team of partners who made Beyond 3:30
Toronto Community Foundation Program funding, via Fundholders and corporations
Toronto Foundation For Student Success Program management, staff volunteers and programming
George Brown Research to track program impact
Gildan Donation of t-shirts for all participants
Indigo Indigo Love of Reading Book Club
Loblaws Junior Chef Club Program and nutritious snacks for all participants
SAP Employee volunteers and homework clubs
Toronto CREW Mural creation in all schools
George Weston Limited and Wonder + Junior Chef Club Program
If You Build it They Will Come
From October until December, an average of eighty students registered for the Beyond 3:30 program at each
How was the Beyond 3:30 Program Promoted?
Information and registration forms were sent home with each student several weeks before the start of the
Information packages distributed to all teachers to inform parents about Beyond 3:30 during parent/teacher
Promotion of the Beyond 3:30 program during assemblies, at parent council meetings, and with the student council
In January we have continued to see the participation numbers grow, as early adopters report back to their friends.
“Dan was always drawing in his book, but would rare-
ly interact with other students. He never showed his
drawings to others and wouldn’t try anything new. He
started to create relationships with the other students,
took part in African Drumming and started to share
his amazing talent for art with other participants and
Things we learned along the way
“Several of the girls would not participate in any of the
physical activities and would just sit on the sidelines com-
plaining. This was however until a girl on the basketball
team joined Beyond 3:30. Now all the girls participate fully
in the sports offered in the gym!”
Since the beginning of Beyond 3:30, staff have witnessed an increase in compassion, more effective communication
skills and better solutions to conflicts. Students also have a stronger sense of belonging and security.
Families also benefit. Students share the healthy and inexpensive recipes they have learned during the Junior Chefs
Club with their families. Parents report that their children have become more social at home, have improved their
view of school and are starting to benefit academically as a result of the help they receive with their homework.
Hunger. One of the early learnings of the Beyond 3:30 program centered around food. In the schools where inci-
dences of behavioral problems were high, on-site supervisors were finding that by providing more snacks they could
mitigate much of the problem. Many schools have upgraded the snack program to a meal program. Initial results
have seen immediate behavioural improvement.
Working together to succeed
Every evening the students spend a dedicated forty-five minutes in a homework club. This is facilitated by thirty York
University teacher candidates, high school students and the on-site coordinator. Students are given a designated
time to complete their assignments; students and their parents take pride in the fact that their school work is com-
pleted and that they have a strong understanding of their class materials.
In addition, SAP will be providing staff volunteers to ensure students have access to the support they need to com-
plete their assignments.
Junior Chef Club
Supporting healthy eating habits
The neighbourhoods where Beyond 3:30 operates are filled with many cheap, low nutrition, fast food outlets. The
Junior Chef Club seeks to give the students a low cost healthy alternate when they decide on their next meal. Best
of all they can take pride in being able to make it themselves and share it with their families.
The Junior Chef Club, supported by Wonder + and Loblaw Companies, is making sure the students have access to
the food they need to prepare healthy meals.
The Indigo Love of Reading Book Club
Engaging kids in a passion for reading
The Indigo Love of Reading book club started in December with the students collectively choosing a book to read.
This program is a great example of the impact of a corporate sponsor. With Indigo on-board, the students have ac-
cess to a wide range of new books.
Together with staff and volunteers, students read the books and discuss the themes, plot lines, and character devel-
opment. The book club allows the students to learn to enjoy the experience of reading in a relaxed engaging envi-
ronment. Students are also encouraged to use other mediums to creatively retell the story through art or drama.
Indigo ensures that a wide range of books are available to students to keep them in engaged with materials geared
to their areas of interest.
Snacks to Go
Fueling everything we do
As the students in the Beyond 3:30 program are coming straight from busy afternoons at school, it is important to
have snacks ready for them when they arrive. Healthy, fresh-cut veggies and an assortment of other healthy alterna-
tives are on hand to provide the fuel needed to keep them going through all the Beyond 3:30 activities.
Loblaw Companies has ensured that the snacks are available for the students everyday of the week.
Bringing art to the schools and skills to the students
Thanks to Toronto CREW (Canadian Real Estate Women), Arts for Children and Youth has been hired to work
with the students in the development of a mural for each of the schools and to engage the students in their
creation. The creation of the murals has been crafted so that youth are exposed to many aspects of real-estate,
i.e. architecture and design. Students are finding a whole new world of opportunity they were not aware they
Opening up new avenues of expression
Thanks to Fundholders at the Toronto Community Foundation, performance art is offered to the students in
Beyond 3:30. These programs are offered by both AFCY and the Regent Park School of Music, who see the
schools as satellite sites for their program offerings.
The performance art pieces are adapted to each school and have managed to bring some shy students out of
their shell to learn theatre, new dance steps, rhythms and to create instruments from unlikely sources, like empty
soup cans. AFCY has demonstrated the power of using your surrounding creatively and that music and art don’t
always require expensive instruments and materials to be beautiful.
Teamwork lessons disguised as games
Sports are always a popular part of any after school program. While basketball is by far the most popular sport,
students are also playing floor hockey, volleyball, badminton, and dodgeball. All of the sports are conducted in
a safe environment where team work and collaboration are encouraged by on-site coaches. They also provide
a healthy atmosphere for developing conflict resolution skills.
The sports programs have been made possible through the joint effort of all the Beyond 3:30 partners.
Having the Right Uniform for the Game
Feeling like you are part of a team
As part of the Beyond 3:30 program’s desire to make all the participants feel part of the team, each of the students
involved are given one of the signature yellow T-shirts bearing the Beyond 3:30 logo. While these shirts are not man-
datory attire they do help engender a sense of belonging and encourage participants to feel connected and help
them encourage other students to join.
Gildan generously provided all of the Beyond 3:30 T-shirts and Star Silk Screening has printed them free of charge.
We have had great success and see even more great possibilities for the future
The Beyond 3:30 Program continues to grow and adapt to the needs of each community. By integrating arts, cook-
ing, and sports programs together we are making new ideas socially acceptable in primarily sports focused schools.
In the next phase of the program, we plan to expand on the successes we have already had and also add additional
schools and programs. Through increased sponsor participation we hope to include a photography program and
increase the access to music by adding additional instruments.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Boivin, Vice President, Donor Services,
Marketing & Communications 416-921-2035 ext.212 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Keith Thomson, Keith, Tanya & Kiera Thomson Fund