Toronto, ON–Toronto-based, 100 percent volunteer-led youth education charity, Ripple Foundation, has received $5000 in grants collectively from The Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF) and S.M. Blair Family Foundation to bolster its free creative writing programs to encourage creativity and literacy in youth across Canada.

Equipped with the funding, Ripple Foundation hosted 17 in-person ‘Write It Workshops’ — creative story-writing masterclasses geared towards those in grades 4-8 — at libraries across Canada between January – March 2020, and launched the program virtually in response to COVID-19 in April 2020. By the end of this year, 27 virtual workshops will have been delivered to over 700 youth to help develop their story writing skills.

Ripple Foundation is volunteer and donations-operated and aims to cultivate creativity in the next generation of leaders while improving writing confidence. It does this through its Write It Workshops, which focus on the principles of story-writing including brainstorming techniques, plot development and character creation, its flagship Kids Write 4 Kids short story contest and its Wave Blog, which feature blogs written by youth for youth.

“Encouraging children to find their voices, gain confidence in their writing and also to understand the world through putting pen to paper is at the core of all Ripple Foundations programs,” said Ripple Foundation’s Founder, Ivy Wong.

“2020 has been a tough year and every organization has had to pivot in some way. We are immensely grateful for the grants we have received from The Excellence in Literacy Foundation and S.M. Blair Family Foundation this year. It’s helping us to keep going, to keep delivering our much-loved Write It Workshops and ultimately nurturing our next generation by giving them the writing skills and confidence they need to go out into the world.”

To view the Write It Workshop schedule and secure your child’s spot on the workshop program, complete the sign-up form in the below link to receive an invitation to register:

Virtual Writing Workshop Schedule

Ripple Foundation is currently seeking funds for 2021. To make a donation to support future initiatives and to ensure more children across Canada have access to resources to develop their creative writing and literacy skills, please visit:

About Ripple Foundation
Ripple Foundation is a charitable organization based in Toronto that aims to empower the next generation of leaders by fostering creativity and cultivating a passion for reading and writing in youth across Canada. By advocating for creativity in children and their education through our specially developed literacy programs, we are teaching Canadian youth the benefits of creativity in their current and future lives, helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Visit ripplefoundation.ca to learn more about our programs.

Ripple Foundation’s annual Kids Write 4 Kids Writing Contest is now open for entrants (Oct 1st 2020 – March 31st, 2021). The winner of the nationwide contest will see their story published in paperback and ebook formats Amazon, Google, Apple and Overdrive, with proceeds donated to a charity of their choice.

About The Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF)
The ELF’s vision is a future in which the cycle of poverty in Canada is broken. Our mission is to provide “The Solution” to poverty through low-cost, highly effective literacy programming.

About S.M. Blair Family Foundation
The S. M. Blair Family Foundation financially supports research and provides funding for charitable and educational purposes in Canada. We endeavour to balance funding between arts and social programs as well as scientific pursuits, including a significant component of educational initiatives. While we engage in a wide range of projects, we prefer to focus on making contributions towards the success of smaller scale and early stage programs and initiatives where our funding can serve as a meaningful catalyst and thus avoid multi-year and capital commitments. Only applications for funding submitted through our application portal at www.smblairfoundation.com will be accepted.

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