Horizons for Youth is presently raising funds and in-kind donations to support our annual trip to Algonquin Park, weekly Yoga Program, and our Shorts, Shoes & Sweats Campaign


shorts, shoes & sweats

Horizons for Youth encourages our youth to participate in regular physical activity and practice a healthy lifestyle. An active lifestyle improves mental health, enhances quality of life, and prevents disease. Our youth, however, lack proper exercise shoes and clothing, particularly exercise shorts and sweat pants, to participate in sports and go to the gym. We are therefore asking community members to donate new or gently used running shoes, sweat pants, and exercise shorts to Horizons for Youth. Donors will have the chance to enter into a raffle to win gift certificates to some of your favourite sports stores! Throughout the month of August, please drop your donations off at 422 Gilbert Ave or at various drop-boxes around the city - a list will be published shortly. Help us encourage our youth to practice a healthy lifestyle!


algonquin park

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Horizons for Youth is raising funds for two trips to Algonquin Park in September 2017. These trips help satisfy our youth’s need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Horizons for Youth needs to raise $10,000 for two trips. The Algonquin Trip is not covered by our operating budget. Money raised would directly cover the cost of the canoe and equipment rentals, the park entry fee, and the cost of the park guides. In other words: directly to the youth.

Camping allows youth to experience a serenity that they never find in the bustle of their daily lives, and a privacy that eludes them in the shelter system, where they share rooms with 3 other residents. Rarely is there silence and tranquillity in the shelter system, and there is never peace like one finds sitting around a campfire or canoeing across a lake. 

Youth on this trip will engage in portaging - a team-oriented activity. For at-risk and homeless youth, who are often mistrusting, the need to work together for success can be enlightening.

Each trip requires two Algonquin Park guides to accompany the group, which presents our youth with the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with a caring and knowledgeable adult. The residents of our shelter often have toxic relationships with adults due to family breakdown, trouble at school and other factors. The Algonquin trip shows these youth that adults can and will help without judgement.

To donate online to this program, please click the link below and specify "Algonquin Trip" in your donation. If you choose to send a cheque to Horizons for Youth, please put "Algonquin Trip" on the Memo line.


weekly yoga program

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The weekly yoga program helps youth relax, manage stress and achieve peace of the body and mind. To bring the Yoga Program back to Horizons, we need to raise $5,000.00.

The Horizons for Youth Yoga Therapy Program was designed to maximize social inclusion of an underserved and marginalized population and promote healthy living and positive life skills in a safe, non-judgemental environment. The program would run weekly at Horizons for Youth, with multiple sessions available for youth to attend with a certified yoga instructor. The small class size ensures that the unique challenges facing at-risk youth (poor health, injury, mental health issues, etc.) can be addressed by the instructor, maximizing the therapeutic value of the session. The program has been a resounding success in the past at Horizons and we are pursuing donations to bring the yoga program back indefinitely.

The Yoga Program costs $7500.00 annually.

To donate online to this program, please click the link below and specify "Yoga Program" in your donation. If you choose to send a cheque to Horizons for Youth, please put "Yoga Program" on the Memo line.