01 2017

Scarborough community comes together to support Men Raising the Next Generation

August 1st 2017
Men raising the next generation in Scarborough
Early education is of vital importance as it lays the foundation for future success. This foundation starts to take shape at home, with parents being a child’s first and most important teacher. With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Learning Partnership piloted a program called Men Raising the Next Generation in Scarborough last year, designed to raise the level of engagement among men in their children’s education.
The initiative kicked off at Eastview Public School in November of 2016, with The Hon. Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood and Minister of Education, representatives from The Learning Partnership, and many of the program’s partners and community organizations.
“Creating opportunities that bring fathers and children together to learn is vital to the growth and development of children,” said MPP Hunter. “I am pleased to see this program reaching families in Scarborough-Guildwood.”
Since its launch, the one-year initiative has gained positive feedback from participants, educators and partners. About 40 men have participated in 12 workshops held throughout the year within two neighbourhoods in Scarborough. Delivered by paternal figures in the community, workshops provided men with tools to support parenting, leading to improved learning outcomes for their children.
“One of the biggest themes of the program was how important it is to put in time and effort into your kids’ development,” one participant said. “You will have a good relationship with your child, and your efforts will help them grow up with a healthy mind, heart and soul.”
Another participant noted that the “group brought diversity, challenges and triumphant stories, as well as lots of laughs and, above all, a sense of connection pertaining to parenting.”
Led by The Learning Partnership, the project is a collaboration among local partners and community organizations, including Toronto Public Health, Toronto Public Library, The Psychology Foundation of Canada, Eastview Public School, Scarborough Village Public School, Family Day Care Services, Ontario Early Years Scarborough Centre, The Language of Parenting, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, Dad Central Ontario and Native Child and Family Services.

In collaboration with:
Ontario Trillium Foundation