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As you consider making a contribution, we ask you to recall your own experiences with extracurricular programming and the positive impacts on your life. Many of us were fortunate enough to have parents that were able to access the resources to keep us active and involved in activities that boosted our self-esteem. Not every family can afford these resources, but those children should still have access to programs that will keep them engaged the betterment of themselves and our community. Every donation, regardless of the amount, will ensure that MJKO participants have all the resources they need.
“You have certain values that you were taught while being at MJKO. It leaves an imprint that you take with you. It doesn’t matter where you go – you spread it without actually really trying to – it just comes naturally. So I definitely consider myself a community champion because if there’s any way that I can help out in an event or [help] a person or group I love to do it. I love helping people and that’s something I learned at MJKO.”
– MJKO Alumni
Participants indicated the power of sport was its ability to connect people. For example, one participant shared, “sports are great because I met every one of my friends at MJKO… without sports I wouldn’t be the person I am today.” Another participant shared, “I think sports are great because it brings people together as one. It also makes people healthier. It’s just a fun thing to do.” Another youth shared, “I think sport is great because it allows people to be both social and keep fit/be active.” And, “boxing is great because we get to not only learn new techniques but we also meet new people and get motivated.”
Perhaps the best summary is a quote from this youth participant: “I wish people knew that MJKO isn’t just boxing – it’s opportunities.”
“MJKO is one of the biggest after-school programs that we participate in. Miranda – I mean, we’ve seen her work [and] it’s definitely working. The things she does – it’s phenomenal. The kids all respect her, and these are the kids that don’t like police. They don’t have respect for authority. But I see the same kids go to Miranda’s class, and they’re totally different kids. So, we participate, and those kids are starting to open up to us too. I guess using sports is one of the biggest ways to influence them, right. So, it’s working really well for us too. That’s why we really appreciate the partnership with MJKO”
– Toronto Police Services Officer
“Activities that many of our kids – they look forward to it. They build connections – they’re enjoying [them] – they’re active – they’re learning. It motivates many of our kids. They’re very excited by the program and they want to be in school that day. They’re actively involved, so there’s physical activity. With the [MJKO] leaders there are really good connections. [They’re] just good role models. The fact that MJKO brings in the police officers too – those are other solid connections and strong role models – adult role models. Those value pieces along with the physical activity, I mean, if they’re not with us at that after-school program often they’re just by themselves in the park or they’re at home watching TV. So I think it’s a fantastic program.”
–Toronto District School Board principal
Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization
MJKO is a charitable organization that promotes positive and healthy lifestyle choices through mentoring and leadership training. Our dream at MJKO is to create Community Champions by using the sport of non-contact boxing to get kids moving, thinking about healthy food choices, believing in impossible dreams and understanding the importance of volunteerism.