Education

As part of the MAPLE project, ADRA committed to providing financial support to the Wiikwemkoong Outdoor Adventure Leadership Experience (OALE). OALE is an intensive youth leadership preparation program designed to promote culture and community, and help youth develop resilience and well-being as protective factors for their personal growth and development.


Life Is Like A Canoe Trip from ADRA Canada

Through a ten-day, 140 kilometer canoe trip, youth learn valuable life skills such as leadership, perseverance, and the ability to work together. In the summer of 2017, the program was in dire need of specialized outdoor expedition equipment to accommodate the rough terrain of Northern Ontario. Through its charitable network, ADRA arranged and then donated a significant amount of money toward the purchase of canoes, tents, and other outdoor equipment.

Team members from ADRA not only donated money, they also donated time. An ADRA team member went on one of the canoe trips with the youth and created an amazing 30 minute video of the experience. The IGNITE Team wishes to thank ADRA for its commitment to the MAPLE Project and particularly for its generosity of time and money toward the OALE Program.

ADRA Canoe Trip on Vimeo

As a part of the ASPIRE Initiative, IGNITE continued its collaboration with ADRA to create The MAPLE Project to work with the youth at Wiikwemkoong.  MAPLE stands for Motivating and Promoting Lifelong Enrichment which is exactly what the project endeavors to do for Canadian First Nation youth.  As the project grows, the IGNITE Team will continue to post updates on the exciting story’s surrounding this project.  If you would like to get involved and/or help, please visit the ADRA website.

 

For more information on the IGNITE ASPIRE Initiative,  contact us by phone or email.

Every school year as spring turns into summer and temperatures soar, we see television news reports of school children and staff members suffering in the heat at schools.  A lack of essential upgrades to school heating and cooling systems are the culprit.  In 2018, the Toronto District School Board reported 78% of its schools lacked air conditioning.  As one measure to address the uncomfortable high temperatures, schools have set up cooling centers in large spaces in each facility, but these measures cost a lot and the funding comes directly from the Board’s repair budget, which is already stretched thin.