Board members and staff of the Merry-Go-Round Children’s Foundation toured Toronto Police headquarters and met with Chief Mark Saunders recently to share ideas on how to strengthen their work.
The foundation partners with the Toronto Police Service Divisional Policing Support Unit as well as the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School boards to leverage the power of technology for social good and teach students safe and effective ways of being online and connected.
Grade Seven students receive a free computers and software through the Kids, Cops & Computers program. Toronto Police officers meet and mentor kids at the start of the program. The 2,500 teens that are part of the program are encouraged to keep connected throughout high school.
Participants have received better grades and reported improved self-esteem and connection to their community.
Saunders thanked the organization for the exceptional work they have been doing by providing young people with technology and internet access.
“This organization is second to none,” said Saunders. “You gave kids hope that’s something they didn’t have before. It’s amazing what you can get out of people when you add just a little hope. You have turned good citizens into great citizens and that makes our job a little easier.”