ABOUT RIGHT TO PLAY
Our goal is to unlock the potential in every child we reach and to empower them with confidence, education and life skills.
Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of girls and boys affected by conflict, disease and poverty.
Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development that focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and peaceful communities.
With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, we advocate with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.
For many of the girls in our programs, the struggle for equality is immense. They fight to attend and stay in school, to be treated as equals with dignity and respect, to participate in games and sports, to be accepted and safe, and to make their own choices about their bodies and futures. We are determined to remove these barriers, so that all of the children in our programs have the space they need to discover the promise and the power of their own potential.
It’s why we continue to innovate, explore and develop our work, so that the children in our programs can grow stronger, make positive and healthy choices and become more resilient and ready to develop into the best possible versions of themselves, now and in the future.
We reach one million children each week, and 48 percent of children participating in our global programs are girls. Since 2000, we’ve trained nearly 15,000 teachers and coaches – 57 percent of whom are female – in using our play-based methodology as a learning and development tool.
Right To Play is proudly Canadian, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with nationwide programs to benefit children and youth in Canada.
Our Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program works in partnership with more than 85 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and urban Indigenous organizations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. Designed in collaboration with communities, the PLAY program engages more than 5,000 youth in weekly play activities to improve their overall health and well-being, foster positive relationships, and support education outcomes and employment goals.
Youth To Youth (Y2Y) is a Toronto-based peer-to-peer leadership program that trains and empowers Youth Leaders living in high-needs neighbourhoods to run play-based programming. Active in 50 schools and community centres citywide, Y2Y reaches more than 2,500 children weekly, improving educational, health and employment outcomes, by creating safe, inclusive learning environments.
RIGHT TO PLAY ATHLETE AMBASSADORS
Right To Play is supported by an international network of more than 300 professional and Olympic athletes from more than 40 countries. In Canada, we work with more than sixty Athlete Ambassadors, who share our values and serve as role models for the children involved in our programs. Having experienced the positive impact of sport and play on their own lives, they recognize the impact play can have on shaping a better future.
Athlete Ambassadors engage with children in our programs in Canada and around the world. As volunteers, they lend their voice to raise funds and awareness for Right To Play. They play an important role in educating the public about the impact of our work by sharing their experiences at events, through campaigns, and over social and traditional media.
Meet our roster of dedicated Athlete Ambassadors.