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THE “PEOPLES” ACTION INITIATIVE to address the SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY
KPYO is an initiative to make Toronto’s streets and communities safer
For all our children – our grandchildren – for us – KPYO encourages generations:
KidsPlay is designed to provide the early nurturing needs of 6 to 12 year olds…
YouthOutlook is designed to give our growing youth from 13 to 18 a brighter future…
KPYO gets our children off the streets and back into activities with something to do;
KPYO gives them somewhere to belong after school and on weekends;
KPYO programs enable and guide our future generations…
Our social evolution has created very busy families; couples working hard and dealing with daily chores, or with the rise in single parents, many striving just to make the bare necessities.
Regardless of blame – the parents, schools or government – let’s just agree that this is leaving our little ones with limited mentoring, lacking support, confusion and, often just lonely and bored.
Today’s “latch-key” generation has left youth craving for the natural human instinct to belong. Solitude makes them vulnerable to gangs who sell them the concept of a “new” family away from home. Moreover, they can also show them how to escape rules and constraints and how to get those “cool runners” or that “must have music gizmo”. Out of their league and impressionable, they even buy that “…we’re not going to college anyway”. It’s their sales pitch.
KPYO has one too, and as responsible adults it behooves us to show them brighter alternatives.
As caring human beings, as parents, as attentive politicians and concerned Torontonians – and as in most crises – “people en-masse” can outnumber and disarm the recruiting gangs, pulling our Kids back by offering alternatives. Teaching them early what’s cool – empowering them to see what can lie ahead… They’ll make that final decision, but we need to show them solutions.
Simple – NOW – before it continues to escalate – gets desensitized – becomes common place.
WE ALL “HAVE” AND “NEED” TO PLAY A ROLE…
WE CREATED IT – WE NEED TO FIX IT – AND AS ROLE MODELS WE WILL…
LET’S SHOW THEM WE DO CARE AND HOW IT’S DONE…
The KPYO Family Tree
- Let them EARN
- Let them BELONG
- Let them PERFORM
- Let them SPEAK
- Let them GROW
- Let them PLAY
NO MORE TALK – WE NEED ACTION – WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP
What part will you play?
1. LET THEM PLAY
With busy lifestyles at home, cuts at schools, lacking program facilities – or even just because of the cost of equipment, children often have nothing to do after school or on weekends. This idleness – and loneliness – has translated into violence on our streets.
It doesn’t need to be that way and Kids shouldn’t have to fight for such simple things as fun… KPYO is bringing back FREE daily events slated at the community centre level to accommodate appropriate time, age and interest levels. A choice of 3 activities in each of sports, games and development programs are scheduled in 4 age group levels; 6 to 8 year olds; 9 to 11; 12 to 14; and finally 15 to 18 year olds. Now kids have somewhere to go after school and on the weekends – somewhere to grow.
Between school and bed time… there’s always something to do…
2. LET THEM EARN
As adults, we get pay raises; and as little ones, we get stickers and treats; Now for our children, KPYO is introducing a unique Reward Points system (similar to the adult AIR MILES™ card), to get them – and keep them involved in activities in their community. For their continued participation, they get rewarded with points which they can redeem for goods and services as contributed by Corporate Canada. From the KPYO Rewards Catalogue they can choose that “cool” bike, those “must have” $125 runners, or that IPOD™ they might otherwise bully for, steal or run drugs to afford.
Moreover, KPYO is also enabling them to earn their own post-secondary College or University education by accumulating points over the years they stay involved. Every Kid should have the chance at an education, regardless of their family’s circumstance.
With Points… there is a positive way to reward effort and initiative…
3. LET THEM GROW
With a critical new workforce ahead, mentors and retiring baby-boomers can assist Kids get to employment faster and better informed. Most kids don’t know what many skilled trades and professionals do. This is a great opportunity for Corporate Canada to explain, recruit and brand their image to an upcoming consumer group and work force.
Youth Outlook growth programs also get the Kids thinking, get them planning and looking forward – all with extra bonus reward points to drive their attendance. These include Youth Leadership Development programs which are held outside of their current environment, and Community Responsibility Endeavours where youth take an interest in beautifying their local neighbourhood or shoveling snow for the older lady next door.
Growing… the way kids become responsible and contributing adults…
4. LET THEM BELONG
We all need to be part of something – we all need to belong. With busy families and single parents working hard to meet life’s necessities like rent and food, Kids are often left to their own resources – and door keys to get home after school. This “latchkey” generation suffers boredom and depressing solitude, leaving them vulnerable to gangs.
Through the support of influential Celebrities, we can fill that human need of belonging while building team spirit and giving them a new “Home Away from Home”. By belonging to a “house” named for “an achiever”, children are teamed at random with other kids they might otherwise not associate with; a peer 18 year old with a timid 6 year old; a Caucasian with an African Canadian; a sports fanatic with a chess champion – all competing together as a house, a team, and as an individual – all working towards a common goal of sportsmanship through participation, learning and fun after school.
We need to belong… Let’s give them a way to be an important part of something
5. LET THEM SPEAK
In life, we commonly ignore the obvious and make the mistake of not asking those we plan for; our employees, our spouses, and most commonly our own Kids. To properly address and instigate plans to assist with solutions, we must first find out the source and root of the problem. We must learn to listen to those we’re planning for.
Now Kids will have a platform of their own; with their own subject matters; with their own agenda; and in their own words breaking down the silence barrier. KPYO will make sure they have an audience; KPYO will orchestrate regular public invitations to politicians, to parents, to the press, and everyone in the community, to ensure they take the time to go and watch; to go and learn for themselves – to acknowledge the Kids.
They need a place to voice their opinion… Let’s take the time to listen…
6. LET THEM PERFORM
Hidden within us all, are aspirations, talents and ideas. Remember Kids getting a band together and practicing in the garage; a group of friends dancing for the sheer love of it; a single Kid singing in the shower; incredible stories written in journals; beautiful doodles on school agendas; remarkable raw talent in young athletes.
With the help of mentors, coaches, peer achievers and volunteers from the community, plus encouraging Celebrities – the message to perform their best, will be clear. Their participation, their efforts, their contributions will be applauded and KPYO will provide the venue, the stage, the facilities and tools to let them shine in front of an audience.
Everyone has talent; Everyone needs encouragement; Everyone needs a stage…
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