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The Solution

Transforming one’s mindset to disrupting limiting thought patterns is the key to changing the trajectory of one’s life for the better. The Local Charity focuses on four pillars to achieve this.

Mental Health

Emotional Intelligence

Technology

Education

Our programs are categorized under Technology (Connect to Success) or Education (Success Academy). We promote and advocate mental health and emotional intelligence through our interactions.

Connect To Success

Opportunity
Many of the organizations we partner with are focused on their essential core competencies and cannot support a computer program. This, includes back-filling assets that need to be replaced, provide the necessary software & security updates, resolve technical problems, and dedicated resources to collect and respond to feedback and revise the program accordingly.

What
Connect To Success is a computer library program serving the youths within shelters in the Greater Toronto Area. The program bridges the gap of the digital divide by providing technology access that opens the door to the digital community and achieve new skillset breakthrough making progress in breaking the cycle of poverty.

How

  1. Accepts used technology as donations from corporations and individuals
  2. Refurbishes them for the program
  3. Customize the setup for our partner shelter
  4. Provides the infrastructure and on-going support to maximize the life of the assets

Thanks to Edelman TorontoBlackberry, and individual supporters for donating monetary funds and computers to launch the program.

Do you have used technology you (or a company you know) would like to donate to Connect TO Success? We may be able to wipe all data and software on-site. Please contact us at hello@thelocalcharity.com to get the conversation started.

Launch day of the computer program at Horizons For Youth

Success Accelerator

What
Effective programs delivered by professionals that develop tangible skillset that youth require for today’s workplace.
Together, we can trail the path toward that future, The Local Charity is committed to supporting our youth to build a life where they live in dignity, provide them an opportunity of inclusion, and enhancing resilience and security. 
We rely on supporters like you to empower the youth with the critical life skills they need to succeed in life. 

Local Career Lab (Career Discovery & Preparation)

Youths that haven’t found their footing professionally would gain inspiration and build tangible skills through the participation of this program.

This program leverages top-notch professionals in their industry to develop the content of the workshop. We provide the framework and highlight pedagogies for adult learning and provide valuable insight into the professional and practical skills they need to be successful in their field.

This program leverages top-notch professionals in their industry to develop the content of the workshop. We provide the framework and highlight pedagogies for adult learning and provide valuable insight into the professional and practical skills they need to be successful in their field.
This is important because when we talk to our clients (youths) or our community partners, we hear that on the backend of recovering from a difficult life challenge, it is hard to envision what they want to do next. Youths from all walks of life are afraid to take the first step in exploring their potential for reasons ranging from not having enough information about the career to not having the confidence to pursue it. Our program will provide an attainable and safe space to encourage youth to explore and take the first steps to embarking on building a fulfilling career. This program will elevate the talent of the workforce especially those facing barriers as individuals from under-served communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

Critical TECHing Accelerator (Technology Mentorship)

The future is technology, with each new innovation, the digital divide continues to widen. This technology mentorship program introduces various specialties related to technology including the lesser known fields to demystify this intimidating topic. It is designed to be longer duration and comparatively less disruptive due to the frequencies, but the vision is to build a longer-term relationship between the mentor and mentee while having a main program leader to host regular workshops. 

The Technology Mentorship program aims to connect seasoned industry leaders with these youths to guide them through their chosen career pathways. Key activities include understanding the technological skills required for the chosen position, as well as developing the professional skills to succeed during the job search process. This mentorship program aspires to take down the barriers that many of these youths face due to their background. Given the great potential of youths to contribute to our new reality, it is important to provide them with guidance that combines real-world interactions with industry leaders and opportunities to gain autonomy. For this reason, the Technology Mentorship program will have significant implications for the youth, the community and organization in breaking the cycle of poverty through enhancing their employability in the realm related to technology.

Essential Skills Workshops

  • Essential Coding Skills
  • Microsoft Suite:
    • Excel
    • Word
    • PowerPoint

Past Workshops

Fundamental knowledge that are critical to be successful in today’s competitive market, such topics as:

The Local Charity team and Michell Huynh’s team taking a group photo after the Financial Literacy workshop