Years: 2008 – 2012
A collaborative project between Scarborough Arts, Not Your Average Daycare, East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Aisling Discoveries.
Scarborough CARES is a fully mobile, digital after school program for youth ages 6 to 12 provided with no cost to the parent or hosting school. Outfitted with a wide range of digital equipment (cameras, tripods, laptops and creative software) CARES encourages the “middle years” to get hands on with technology, teaching them useful skills and tapping into their creativity in a fun & digitally-savvy environment.
Working in different mediums with various digital art equipment and software, CARES combines imaginative storytelling and technical training while encouraging children to explore personal and social issues close to them. At the same time, CARES provides a safe and creative space where children can have fun while they learn.
CARES is made possible through multi-year funding from The Ontario Trillium Foundation
In its fourth year, CARES began to develop a marketing and fundraising strategy, including the production of a documentary, in order to sustain the program after the completion of Ontario Trillium Foundation funding. 2010 Locations: Not Your Average Daycare (Scarborough Village), St. Dunstan’s Public School, Malvern Town Centre, Military Trail Public School, Warden Avenue Public School.
In 2009, CARES travelled to schools across Scarborough and also offered supplementary summer programs to youth at East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club and Serve-Engaging Youth for Change.
2009 Locations: Blantyre Public School, Willow Park Public School, Donwood Park Public School, East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club, St. Dunstan’s Public School, Grey Owl Public School.
Scarborough C.A.R.E.S. launch