We are a National Bank One for Youth program recipient!

We are very proud to announce that our project Beyond the Classroom was chosen by National Bank’s One for Youth Program.

Our project will provide access to safe educational and entertaining events #BeyondtheClassroom, helping to lessen the negative effects suffered by students who live in poverty and isolation.

Thank you National Bank for choosing our project and allowing us to continue to send deserving kids to arts, cultural and sports events.

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2014 was an AMAZING year for KUF Toronto!

We are thrilled to report that Kids Up Front Foundation Toronto distributed 60,000 tickets valued at over $2.5 million in 2014! We could not have done this without the continued support from our wonderful donors and agency partners. THANK YOU.

In addition to the success of our “Can’t Use Your Tickets?” program last year, we launched an amazing new initiative that connects children and youth to nature. “The Kids’ City Park Project” is off to an exciting start thanks to generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

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To Vanicia and Ming this was much more than a ticket.


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The Kids Up Front team had another great run at the TYS10K for the third year! Thanks to our amazing runners and their generous supporters, we raised over $13,000. This gift will allow us to send 2,600 children and youth to events in our city this summer.

2014′s FEATURED RUNNER is Terra Rebick. Terra crushed her goals – both running and fundraising – in her first 10k race. In fact, she raised 180% of her fundraising goal! Here is our superstar teammate moments after crossing the finish line:









THANK YOU to everyone who ran, walked or pledged. You have made a big impact on our small charity!

Finally, a photo of half our tired (but happy!) team post-race:

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Fringe Festival and Kids Up Front 2014

We are thrilled to be working with the Fringe Festival again this summer and we have big plans to make our partnership better than ever! We would like to thank CIBC Theatre for All for making this possible.

The Toronto Fringe provides creative opportunities for artists and audiences by producing two important festivals – the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival – and by running outreach activities that benefit youth, artists and the theatre community at large. Our home, the Fringe Creation Lab at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex, welcomes independent artists year round, encouraging their creative work by offering them affordable space to make art, congregate and innovate.

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Happy New Year!

We hope 2014 is off to a great start for all of you!

Last year’s numbers are in…

*drum roll*

We distributed almost SIXTY THOUSAND tickets in 2013 and we have kept the momentum going so far this month. Our kids have been busy cheering on our favourite teams: Leafs, Marlies, Raptors and Rock! Thank you Toronto for your continued support.

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Great start to the Raptors season!

We are thrilled to report that we have sent over 4000 kids to watch the Raptors so far this fall. Check out the photos below to see some of our young fans cheering on their favourite team!

We cannot thank our donors, especially the MLSE Foundation, enough for creating so many smiles.

Boys' Night Out

Cheering on the Raptors from the comfort of an executive suite

Excited young fans from Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

Youth from NOISE sitting court-side

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The Kids’ City Park Project

Kids Up Front Toronto is launching The Kids’ City Park Project to achieve our goal of including and engaging youth and their families by connecting them to nature through access to educational and recreational programs in our city parks.  Last week we took a group of 20 kids to the Rouge Valley Conservation area. Kids In the Woods Initiative (K.I.W.I), a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor nature experiences for children donated the programming for the day. The kids took part in a 3 hour long scavenger hunt throughout the conversation area. All the kids enjoyed being outdoors and learning about the insects, plants and animals that are in the Rouge Valley. Thanks K.I.W.I for donating the programming for such a fun day outside!

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“Boys Night Out” at the Argos game

Thank you TD for donating the Comfort Zone seats at last night’s Argonauts game!

Sean, City of Toronto youth worker, said: “The guys had an incredible time and would like to express their appreciation. The Argos won, making it a worthwhile night. It also didn’t hurt that we had the best seats in the house, with people staring and sometimes asking how we got the seats.”


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Happy Birthday, Will!

Happy FIFTH Birthday to one of our coolest donors, Will Lanthier!
Will threw an awesome party yesterday (even Scooby-Doo attended) and requested that instead of gifts, his friends bring movie passes for Kids Up Front. We would like to thank him for sharing the happiness and excitement of his big day with so many deserving kids!

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