Kickstart for Health in York Region


Junior League of Toronto Kickstart for Health work in York Region

Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region is a community-based organization responding to the needs of at-risk youth and families through intervention, education and advocacy to enhance health, self-esteem and well-being.  The Home Base Youth Drop-In Centre, located in Richmond Hill, offers a safe haven to youth seeking downtime and support.  For more information, visit

The members of the JLT Kickstart for Health at Pathways committee, now in it’s second year, are continuing to develop and grow this successful partnership which in 2009-10 resulted in healthy living workshops, a bi-weekly “boot camp” fitness program, active wear for the youth and the installation of a basketball court at Home Base.

Plans for the 2010-11 year include expansion of the recreation program to include yoga and additional workshops for youth focusing on self-esteem, nutrition and healthy living.   Junior League members have also agreed to assist in several of Pathways’ initiatives concerning developing the creative talents of their youth in the areas of art, music and film.

Donations in the form of food products, toiletries, clothing and gift certificates are much needed and greatly appreciated. Professional services in the area of fitness, nutrition, body image and self-esteem are also welcome.  Contact Frances Foresi, Project Chair to donate to this very worthy program.


Youth taking part in the Weekly Boot Camp fitness program
Youth being put through their paces by community volunteer Dan Hayes

Community volunteer Dan Hayes preparing for Boot Camp!
Junior League members with some of the goodies at the Nutrition workshop

Junior League member Sylvia D’Alimonte making healthy smoothies at the Nutrition Workshop