At Arcadia Foundation, our vision is a world where children and youth learn and thrive in a safe and healthy environment
Why we Invest in Children and Youth
There are over 3 billion young people under the age of 24 in the world today. This is nearly 47% of the world’s total population. It is no exaggeration to say that the future well being of our country rests upon the well being of the young. Yet millions of children around the world continue to face severe hardships such as lack of nutrition and education due to poverty, neglect, physical abuse or substance abuse by a parent. A child’s growing brain is extremely susceptible to any form of hardship – childhood traumatic experiences are biologically embedded, leading to physical and mental health problems later in life. By the same token, intervening early by providing a nurturing and safe environment and helping children cope with adversity leads to remarkable positive changes in a large majority of children. This is why we are committed to invest in children and youth.
"A child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding".
UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF A CHILD
Our Focus Areas
Making A Difference
Income, culture, race and class are all reasons why many children still do not have adequate schooling. Only 1 out of 2 Canadian children under 5 years of age have access the opportunities offered by early education. We support educational programs that seek to remove these barriers to education so that every child has access to a quality basic education.
We believe children are individuals with their own rights just like adults. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. We support programs that strive to make the Rights of the Child a reality.
Arcadia Foundation supports expanding the role of art in the lives of children and youth. Research has shown involvement with the arts significantly enhances a child’s social skills and emotional regulation. What’s more, there is increasing evidence that exposure to arts at an early age is directly linked to better performance in math, science and communications.
Current Charitable Programs
At Arcadia Foundation, our top priority is to achieve results, and we know that our success depends on the quality of our campaigns and partnerships. Our approach is to build strategic networks and promote programs that will help advance our work. Learn more about the causes we’re passionate about and get in touch with us to see how you can get involved
Covenant House Crisis Program
The Covenant House’s Crisis Program welcomes homeless, runaway and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 to provide compassion, support and a chance to start fresh.
Aunt Leah's Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY) Program
The mission of the SEFFY program is supporting long-term education planning for foster youth and former foster youth in care, primarily between the ages of 16 to 24