Through Youth’s Eyes: Winning the iPad – an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University

Through Youth’s Eyes: Winning the iPad – an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University

When you continue your education, not all teachers tell students a list of materials they need for courses they have registered for the school year. Materials for courses that are taken during the day and/or night are affordable if students do not break any items that belong to the school and they don’t have missing books. However, taking online courses requires students spending a pile of money for electricity, registration fees (depending on the school board), a computer or tablet, and an internet connection.

“The iPad I won will be an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University!”

The iPad makes online classes accessible. At Ryerson University, full-time and part-time students are required to take courses during the day in person. Ryerson University provides educational tools for students, professors, and teachers’ assistants to improve communication and to help to understand the course. Using the iPad in the university will give me instant access to my courses on  Desire2Learn (D2L) – to see announcements made by the professors and for quick communications between my classmates, professors, and teachers’ assistants.

The iPad has some unique built-in apps that will be useful for the Mathematics program at Ryerson University. It includes a bundle of apps that opened doors I never discovered. The “Measure” app is used for measuring objects by manually connecting one point to another point. This is useful for the beginning of Physics I in first semester because we will be learning kinematics and dynamics and labs for those topics requires measuring distances and displacements. The “iTunes U” app is used for learning subjects from different schools for different levels of education. This app can help me understand some topics from different courses better. This app is Apple’s exclusive version of Khan Academy because Apple users can learn new topics from different institutions that they are not enrolled in. The opened doors will have significance in my undergraduate program.

From left: Michael Papis (RE/MAX Professionals Inc), Samuel Renos (iPad winner) and Alison Canning (Let’s Get Together!).

The Mathematics program at Ryerson University creates a huge list of employment options that not everyone knows nor would imagine such as technology and finance. Since 2014, Toronto has the fastest-growing tech industry in North America and there is a huge demand for Data Scientists (a career that integrates mathematics, statistics, and computer science). Businesses use math to monitor their budgets, financial status, and marketing tactics. Mathematics is an aid that helps sectors to adapt reality that logically makes sense.

I am grateful to Let’s Get Together! for find opportunities to help schools and families in Ward 1 by setting up fundraisers to help them get ready for the upcoming school year.  Thank you to Emiliano and Ana NoFrills for hosting the BBQ fundraiser and to Martin Eckart from Re/Max Professional Inc for donating the iPad. I’m grateful that these services exist in our community. 

Samuel Reano
Kingsview Village – The Westway Youth Resident

Martin Eckert (RE/MAX Professionals Inc) iPad donor.

Helping families access affordable laptops and computers

Helping families access affordable laptops and computers

Once again we have partnered with Renewed Computer Technology (RCT) to help provide access to affordable desktops and laptops to low income families!

If you need a computer for school or work, you can get a renewed desktop package with monitor, keyboard and mouse for $60.00 (plus $11.00 shipping) or a laptop package for $150.00 (plus shipping $11.00).

Individuals and families approved for the computer will also have access to Rogers Connect for Success program that provides low cost internet service to families in need.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 26, 2019!

MARCH BREAK Program: Let’s Get Together at Dixie Outlet Mall

MARCH BREAK Program: Let’s Get Together at Dixie Outlet Mall

We are planning a fun filled week of skill-building workshops and activities for kids, ages 9 to 13 years, that foster teamwork, growth mindset, leadership & independence at The Living Room at Dixie Outlet Mall.

The sessions will help participants:

– be better prepared to stay at home alone or elsewhere for short periods of time (Home Alone Workshop)
– recognize and respond to first aid situations (Basic First Aid Workshop)
– plan events using tools and knowledge as shared by a Professional Event Planner (Junior Event Pro Workshop)
– create balloon twisting designs (Junior Balloon Twisting Workshop)
– understand how a positive and growth mindset can help enhance their learning.

COST: $199 plus tax per person for the week*
*Fee includes course materials, certificate, mini growth mindset poster, spirit button and a balloon starter kit.

10% OFF LOYALTY OFFER FOR DIXIE OUTLET MALL CUSTOMERS – Spend $25 or more at any Dixie Outlet Mall store within the past 30 days and email us a picture of the receipt with the name of the registrant to get a 10% discount code.

TNF Balloon Twisting Workshops at Dixie Outlet Mall

TNF Balloon Twisting Workshops at Dixie Outlet Mall

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Dixie Outlet Mall to hold events and workhops at The Living Room space right in the mall and we are starting off with a series of balloon twisting workshops for youth and families!

Balloon twisting is the newest activity that helps youth learn how to focus, challenge themselves and be more patient while expanding their creativity in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Youth will also learn how growth mindset combined with a few natural self-calming, stress-reducing techniques can be used to make learning new skills easier.

We will have special sessions for youth and for families!

Family, Mentorship & Legacy – From the Playground to the NBA

Family, Mentorship & Legacy – From the Playground to the NBA

A community event connecting children, youth and their families with emerging basketball stars and their families to talk about life lessons both on and off the courts, family-work, the importance of mentorship and the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Mississauga, Ontario, January 19th, 2019 –  Let’s Get Together! in partnership with Raptors 905 and National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program and supporting organizations, Mississauga Sports CouncilOntario Basketball Association and University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement, is hosting a one-of-a-kind, interactive family event on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre) in Mississauga.

Family Mentorship in Sports

Raptors 905 playersDuane NoticeMyck Kabongo and Assistant Coach, Charles Dubé-Brais sit down with their families to share their personal stories with other families from across the GTA about the importance of family support and mentorship.  This event is to celebrate all Mentors and Mentees as part of National Mentorship Month in January.

Let’s Get Together!’s Executive Director, Alison Canning, says on the topic of family support “Healthy parent involvement and family support is key to a child’s success.  We often teach children and parents separately in the hopes that they’ll connect.  This event is about parents and children learning together and empowering each other – it’s not just about what happens on the court, but more importantly what happens off the court. Messages of gratitude, love, family and faith will be present.”

National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program’s Founder, Kevin Wilson, adds on the topic of mentorship “Mentorship is such an underrated concept that many youth unfortunately do not have access to. By connecting youth to various pro basketball athletes, coaches and other parents that they can relate to, this will undoubtedly help to build confidence, courage and their awareness between ‘right and wrong’”.  Between the game and presentation, families will meet NBYMP coaches and mentors plus mentors from other organizations including the University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement who will answer questions and share their educational experience.  January is also National Mentorship Month.

Second Year Running

This is the second year, Let’s Get Together has partnered with the Raptors 905 to deliver an engaging family presentation.  “From the Playground to the NBA” follows two successful events from last year;  Growth Mindset Talk (March 10, 2018) with then Raptors 905 Players Shevon Thompson, Kennedy Meeks, Kaza Kajami-Keane and Aaron Best and Parent Involvement Matters Talk (January 27, 2018) where Aaron Best and Kaza Kajami-Keane’s families shared their stories of how they raised and supported Aaron and Kaza.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy 

John Wiggins, Director of Team Operations for Raptors 905 says “Raptors 905 is proud to once again team up with Let’s Get Together and continue the conversation around how parents, mentors, coaches, and players can all contribute towards the growth and development of this game that we all love so much.  It’s even better that there is a heightened sense of purpose knowing that the event takes place during a weekend where we will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose legacy was founded on the notion that we must all work together to create better opportunities for each other.  It’s important for everyone to understand that if we are to embark on a journey to success, then as a community we need come together to teach and learn from each other.  Joining us for this panel discussion is a step in the right direction.”

How to Participate

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00pm, come watch the Raptors 905 take on the Greensboro Swarm and join the players, Coach Dubé-Brais and their families after the game for our interactive discussion: “From the Playground to the NBA”. Parent/caregivers are encouraged to attend with their child(ren).  Game will be held at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga ON L4Z 4B6.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.letsgettogether.ca/playgroundtonba

For additional event resources and media kit, visit Get Involved ToolKit

 

Raptors 905 are the NBA G League Champion for 2016/17, Conference Champions for 2017/18 and the lone Canadian team in the league. Founded in 2015, the team joined the league for the 2015-16 season, playing out of Paramount Fine Food Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Let’s Get Together! is a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access learning resources that provide educational assistance and supports student well-being. Their mission is to encourage healthy parent involvement, inspire youth to value learning while making education accessible and equitable.

National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program (NBYMP) positively impacts the lives of youth living in Canada by providing the necessary resources needed to be successful in various areas both on and off the court. The vision for such a program is for all youth living in Canada, to utilize the resources provided from this mentorship platform and to use the game of basketball to become successful in all aspects of life.

3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser – Inspiring the Community to Help Local Schools

3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser – Inspiring the Community to Help Local Schools

A fun, community-building initiative that connects residents, schools and community partners to support local schools from 3 school boards.

 Let’s Get Together! in partnership with Emiliano and Ana No Frills is hosting the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser from Thursday, October 18th thru to Sunday, October 28th, 2018.  For all the pumpkins sold during the 10 days, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to 6 participating schools in the neighbourhood.

The community is also invited to start their Halloween celebration at the Pumpkin Patch Party on Sunday, October 28th.  The party will be held at Emiliano and Ana’s No Frills, 245 Dixon Rd (Islington Ave. and Dixon Rd.) from 11am – 1pm.  Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best howl, best make up, best scary laugh and more. Hot dogs and drink combo will be available for $1. Let’s Get Together’s Junior Balloon Twisters, youth between ages of 10 – 12 years, will also be on hand to twist some unique Halloween creations.  All proceeds from food sales will be donated to the schools. 

“We are thrilled to be able to help our schools”, said Emiliano and Ana Hernandez, No Frills Owners.  “We appreciate our community and want to be involved however we can. The Pumpkin Patch Party is an event we look forward to because it brings families in our community together.”

“Schools, now more than ever, need our support,” said Alison Canning, Executive Director at Let’s Get Together.  “Education is key to building a healthy community.  We need to work together to ensure our educators and families have the resources they need to educate our children. This event is a fun and creative way to involve the community while helping our schools.”

About No Frills

Open since December 2012, Emilano and Ana’s No Frills has been a neighbourhood grocery store, in addition to providing pharmacy services. They also offer fresh meat (PAVAO MEAT) and fresh fish (BEAVER FISHERY) in their store. Both Emilano and Ana have enjoyed and appreciated being part of the neighbourhood, and believe that by helping others is a key to building stronger communities.

About Let’s Get Together

Let’s Get Together is a non profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access resources that provide educational assistance and supports student well-being. The mission is to encourage healthy parent involvement and help youth value learning while making it more equitable and accessible. Alison Canning is proud resident of Etobicoke North. She is also running in the upcoming municipal election as a candidate for the Toronto Catholic District School Board School Trustee position in Ward 1.
For more information on Let’s Get Together, please visit letsgettogether.ca