Act-i-Pass provides children in Grade 5 (+1) with FREE access to community-based physical activity opportunities for a whole year.
Research shows that physical activity begins to decrease in children as early as the age of 9 years. If grade 5 students can access physical activity opportunities, they will be given a chance at better health, longer lives, less illness, reduced screen time, and more play! Since Act-i-pass started in 2012, over 10,000 children in London have benefited from the program.
Jess Colley exemplifies the ideal characteristics of a Community Connector. Jess is friendly, knowledgeable and assists families in accessing a range of programs and services.
At the heart of Jess’ strengths is exactly that – her heart. She is passionate and caring, and balances that well with her skills to effectively connect families with the professionals and resources they need. She has the ability to build trusting relationships with not only the families, but her colleagues and partners, and as such, is looked to as a leader in the community.
The Community Connector is the first face that a family sees when they enter a Family Centre. They are the trusted person that can provide initial answers and make connections and warm referrals when necessary. Community Connectors are essential to the functioning of the Family-Centred Service System and Jess represents the values of an ideal connector.
Stanislav works every day to provide effective basic needs supports to children, youth, and their families. With Ending Poverty partners, Stanislav explores new, emerging, and promising early stage initiatives to improve the basic needs system in London.