The “Best” campaign to support East Scarborough Youth

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The boys and girls Club of East Scarborough, wants to become one of Toronto’s busiest and most vibrant community hubs for youth, right there in one of the city’s more underserved neighbourhoods.

To improve the services they provide to young Torontonians, the organization just launched its Building East Scarborough Together campaign (BEST campaign), a fundraising crusade that would provide the founding of a 8,500 square foot building expansion

The Club provides essential programs and services ranging from youth drop-in programs and sports and recreation to pre-employment and leadership training, serving more than 16,000 kids. It also operates a number of early years programs, childcare centres and after school programs. Over the last year, the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough has seen an increase of 31 percent more boys and girls taking advantage of programs and services, preventing the Club from accommodating more youth during the critical time period of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The estimated $4 million makeover will add room for new arts, media and dance programs, out reaching their services to 25,000 kids.

The campaign was launched with the assistance of Toronto’s mayor David Miller, who praised the organization and the initiative, promising that the city will contribute $1.4 million. Jays Care, the Toronto Blue Jays’ foundation, is chipping in $1 million. Former city of Toronto councillor and budget chief David Soknacki already donated his councillor pension of 30,000.

For donations, or to learn more about the The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough or the expansion, please visit www.doyourbest.ca

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