Jays Care Foundation is looking for teammates as we build a roster of dedicated educators across Canada who are committed to making a meaningful impact in their students' lives. It's easy to become a Jays Care Affiliate School:
- Join us for a virtual training session
- Find at least 10 students interested in participating in introductory softball/baseball programming
- Commit to at least 2 hours of extracurricular programming per week for 8 weeks
As a Jays Care Affiliate School, we’ll send you a specialized equipment kit, Blue Jays t-shirts and hats for your students, a best-in-class program manual, and we’ll be there to support you every step of the way. It’s really that easy!
Explore our programs below to find out which extracurricular program(s) your school is eligible to apply for.
Our award-winning Affiliated School programs are catered towards children and youth facing barriers, including, but not limited to, girls, youth with physical or cognitive disabilities, Indigenous youth and youth facing poverty.
Challenger Baseball: Challenger Baseball is an adaptive baseball program run in partnership with Little League Canada and Baseball Canada, that empowers children and youth living with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. The program teaches athletes living with disabilities the core life skills inherent to baseball, including teamwork, communication, determination, resiliency, inclusion, support, and courage.
Girls At Bat: Girls At Bat is a girl-centered baseball and softball program that makes it easy to build belonging for girls who may not have access to sport. Jays Care helps to increase female participation in sport by focusing on four primary goals: increased connection, courage, leadership and love of sport.
Indigenous Play Ball: In order to answer calls to action around sport and youth programs as laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Jays Care seeks to amplify the voices of Indigenous children and youth, celebrate their success and achievements, and advocate for their right to equal opportunity. Our Play Ball program brings Indigenous youth together using the power of baseball and softball during or after-school to encourage connection and love of sport.
In 2021, Jays Care Foundation has supported:
- 2,900+ educators and front-line workers through free virtual training workshops and resources
- 50,600+ children to access dynamic virtual and in-person programming
- 488 Schools, 86 Indigenous community partners, 58 BGC Clubs, and 34 Newcomer organizations
FEEDBACK FROM EDUCATORS:
“I think this is one of the best supported programs I have ever seen in my ten years that I have been teaching.”
“I have been teaching PhysEd for 16 years now and it was probably the best workshop I have ever been to.”
“Really beneficial, many things I learned can be applied in gym class and other sports.”
“This is such an amazing program that truly has brought spirit and joy to our students.”
Jays Care Foundation's vision is to create a level playing field for all children and youth across Canada. We know that educators across Canada are facing many challenges this year and many children in your classrooms are stepping up to the plate with two strikes already against them. We use the power of sport and play to co-create reliable programming for children and youth who are most often left out. Our programs cater to self-identified girls, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, incarcerated youth, and youth facing poverty.