The ELF's parent charity, Sage Youth-Jeunesse Sage, provided direct literacy program delivery to marginalized children in Ottawa from 1992 to 2015. Those activities now continue as a program of the ELF. Based on the strategies developed in this initiative, we also provide literacy grants, training based on our methods, and access to our custom-developed workbooks to hundreds of community partners across Canada who work with children and youth at-risk.
We provide direct literacy and tutoring support to children and youth who face multiple barriers to learning. Our programs have served:
refugee children staying temporarily in family shelters
children and youth living in low-income, high-risk, and racialized neighbourhoods
youth with learning exceptionalities
youth who are homeless or street-involved
ELF works collaboratively with schools and community-based organizations to help the most at-risk children and youth:
strengthen their core reading and writing skills
build their financial and vocational literacy skills
improve their confidence, dignity, and motivation as learners
become disciplined thinkers
These outcomes lead to longer-term impacts that are proven to break the cycle of poverty:
increased rates of high school completion
increased employability and job readiness skills
improved resilience and well-being
Our ultimate goal is to help create a limitless future of prosperity and abundance for the highest risk children and youth in our communities.