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.