Active Circle

Organization Sponsor: Motivate Canada

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Program Description

The Active Circle is an initiative of Motivate Canada, in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle, which supports Aboriginal youth and communities to become vibrant, active and healthy through sport and recreation. The Active Circle website was created to enable you to:

Learn about community development through sports and recreation
Connect with communities with similar interests
Find funding and other resources to get your projects going
Share your experiences and inspire others to engage Aboriginal youth in physical activity.

The Active Circle’s programs database aims to provide information about physical activity initiatives in Canada and to inspire leaders who want to start a program in their community.

Funding Sources: 

Motivate Canada

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Motivate Canada is a Canadian charitable organization that specializes in improving the lives of young people by fostering civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, social inclusion and leadership among youth. We use techniques from sport, physical education and community driven development in our programming.
From our modest beginnings 20 years ago as a one program, one province organization, we now deliver four youth-driven development initiative across Canada - ACTIVATE, the Esteem Team, the Active Circle and GEN7. Each program targets youth between the ages of 9 and 25.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The Active Circle:
Works with program, funding and government partners to develop a single means of engagement with communities to alleviate the administrative burden on communities and leaders.
Makes long-term commitments to communities to develop, deliver and sustain sport and recreation programs by providing funding, human resources and training
Develops and supports programs that are designed by the community to address their specific needs.
Provides skill development and experience for Aboriginal youth and community leaders

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The Active Circle was developed in response to challenges identified by Aboriginal youth and communities in regards to sport and recreation programming.
Communities are overwhelmed by the administrative burden to seek out, apply for, administer, report on and evaluate short term, small dollar program initiatives.
Communities and youth want long term support to develop meaningful programs that go beyond running and kicking and address broader social issues within their communities and their peers.
There is a lack of trained coaches, instructors and facilitators to support the programs
There are existing assets in communities which are not being fully utilized: facilities, youth leaders, programs.
Clearly articulated and supported results are needed to secure more resources for community based programs.
Leaders and youth are unaware of the many program ideas, funding opportunities and resources that are currently available to them.

Length and Stage of Project: 

2009

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