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Camp Aim

CAMP AIM was established in 2008 to create a camp experience that would cater to the needs of Jewish children aged 3-12 with a wide range of disabilities and medical needs. The camp addresses the social, recreational, and therapeutic needs of these children. It is the only Jewish day camp in Toronto providing for special needs children, serving some 40 children each July. This year a Leadership Program was instituted to service special needs teens by providing them with specialty programming and vocational training while instilling in them the value of giving back to their community. Our mission is to help physically and mentally disabled children enjoy a Jewish day camp environment while continuing to grow in skills and self-esteem through the summer.

We are conscious of the critical need for socialization, recreation and therapy in this population and are committed to growing the service to more children in the community. The camp currently plays a vital role in the lives of children and their families. It provides a warm Jewish environment filled with activities for the children, and a much needed respite for their parents and siblings. Hard-earned advances made by the children in the school year are constantly built upon as we bridge the delicate balance between therapy and fun.

Help CAMP AIM in its mission to provide more services to more Jewish children with special needs.

CAMP AIM presently manages its budget for the current enrollment in three ways: first, through tuition; second, through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) government initiative; and third, through various government and non-governmental grants that are available to the parents. We have already received the maximum allotted amount for a camp from the CSJ.

It is important to note that since the inception of the camp in 2008, we have always maintained a deficit-free budget. The camp has been run in a lean yet most efficient manner. We have never advertised, yet our enrollment has grown exponentially from ten children to forty this year, and a wait list of ten.

Our proposal requires your investment for program funding so that we can open our doors to as many Jewish children with special needs as possible. As well, CAMP AIM seeks to launch a marketing and public relations campaign to raise community awareness and future funding in order to ensure sustainability. Your help in this area would be most beneficial.

We are excited about the prospect of partnering with you in this endeavor and thank you for your consideration of our request.

iLEAD Community Fellowship

The iLEAD Community Fellowship is an innovative approach to cultivating leadership and community building amongst graduate students and young professionals in their twenties and early thirties. Fifteen participants will be carefully selected to represent diverse networks and affiliations within the Toronto Jewish community; specifically, the program targets young adults in the Israeli, Russian and "unaffiliated" demographics. iLEAD consists of three components. Firstly, participants will attend several leadership development workshops that will enhance their communication, presentation and community organizing skills. Secondly, participants will experience a ten day leadership program in Israel where they will see how young people are re-shaping Israel's business, technological and socio-economic landscape as well how UJA Federation projects are making an impact. Lastly, upon their return, participants will be responsible for engaging their own peer networks through one on one meetings and creating their own impact projects. By engaging their own networks, participants will not only get to put their valuable leadership skills into practice, but will also multiply the numbers of young adults connecting with the Jewish community. Participants will also be exposed to the structure of the organized community and Federation, fostering greater awareness and developing future leadership.

PJ Kids Roadshow

PJ Library is an international, award-winning outreach program committed to increase and deepen Jewish identity and connection by mailing free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families raising Jewish children. UJA Federation has piloted PJ Library in York Region and is committed to securing funding to take the program across the GTA. In just one year over 1,500 families in York Region with children between the ages of 6 months and 5½ years old have registered. Parents and children are sharing quiet moments together reading and talking about the Jewish concepts and ideas presented by the books and participating in periodic programming. PJ Library has created a trusted brand for these parents, many of whom are unaffiliated with the organized community. We are seeking support, both financial and intellectual, from SixPoints JVPF to build on and extend the PJ Library brand and platform to create PJ Kids Roadshow. PJ Kids Roadshow goes beyond the books and general programming to meet the demand for excellent, affordable, in-home, educational programs offered through a Jewish lens. This will be done by building a professional network of the best educators, storytellers, musicians and entertainers to deliver in-home programming for young Jewish families and creating online tools for our target audience to learn about, access and provide feedback for these programs. Our goal is to create welcoming, Jewish-focused in-home and online opportunities for families to connect to one another, build community and affiliation.