As a proudly Canadian-founded and Canadian headquartered organization, IDRF is uniquely and ideally positioned to respond to the needs of Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and to develop and deliver innovative solutions to the challenges of our future.
Through our Canadian programs, IDRF engages diverse communities nationwide to address urgent crises and lead long-term community development.
ENABLING YOUTH TO LEARN, LEAD, AND EXCEL
IDRF is actively investing in the success of our future generations. Our flagship Canadian program, Licensed to Learn, provides over 3,500 children and youth from across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area each year with the means to excel in school and beyond. Through free academic support and leadership opportunities, students develop the critical skills that they need to succeed: self-confidence, independent problem-solving, mentorship, and more. Our program specifically targets communities of youth who are typically excluded from, or unable to afford, these essential programs. At the senior levels, our students often leverage their experience in the program for volunteer hours or school credit, and even to secure their first job!
Looking ahead, IDRF is expanding our work in youth leadership beyond the school environment, in order to provide vulnerable and underserved youth with the training, professional networks, and practical experience they need to be ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow.