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Time4Change 2021

For the past 10 years, YWS has hosted our annual Time4Change fundraiser across the city of Toronto working along side our community partners in an effort to educate Toronto students about youth homelessness through fundraising and art activism. As we move into our 11th consecutive year of our Time4Change campaign, we are providing more support for youth experiencing homelessness than ever before. Beyond safety, shelter, and food, we offer a safe space to call home during the pandemic with a team of staff providing vital emotional support and mental health counselling that youth need in order to continue going to school, work, and moving towards stable living. Now more than ever, our youth need your help. And together, we can do our best to end youth homelessness, one youth at a time, one step at a time.

Join The Movement

This year, although we cannot physically come together, our focus for T4C remains on educating our communities about youth homelessness through art activism and fundraising. Rather than hosting a T4C “day”, we’ll be using the month of February 2021 to spread the word about homelessness and inspire people to help make change happen!

Donate to the cause – beginning February 1st

Visit yws.on.ca to donate online
Text CHANGE to 45678 to make a $10 donation

Join the movement

This year for Time4Change, we have created a Peer to Peer fundraising page on Canada Helps to allow our supporters to join the cause as a group, corporate team, or as an individual. Our supporters have the ability to create their very own fundraising landing page to begin their fundraising initiatives!

Each fundraising page is customizable, easily sharable, and the funds raised will link automatically to the main T4C Canada Helps page.

Help us reach our goal of $60,000.

What is Peer to Peer Fundraising?

Peer to Peer fundraising empowers individual supporters to raise crucial funds on a charity’s behalf encouraging friends and family to donate on their own customizable donation page. It’s a fun, interactive way to engage with donors online, and is one of the top digital fundraising tools for non profits today!  

Through our main Fundraising page for Time4Change, you’ll be able to create your own donation page to share with friends and family. We’ll be able to provide you with a template, auto filled with everything you’ll need to begin fundraising, and then you can customize to suit your needs!

We’ll be sure to send out more information on how to navigate through this process closer to T4C. 

T4C 2021 Art Activism

Throughout the month of February, we will also be featuring artwork and art activism performances from youth, school groups, and independent artists within our community who are dedicated to the cause.

All performances will be virtual this year, and an updated calendar will be available here, on our website, throughout the month of February.  

Please be sure to watch our social media for updates, and check back to access our T4C performance schedule below.

Schedule

Watercolour Painting by Tanika Johnny-Gauntts
Feb 4 at 11 AM

Watch on YouTube

Freestyle Dance by Jailin Daley AKA Taskmastter
Feb 10 at 7 pm

Watch on YouTube

Spoken Word by Havergal College
Feb 12 at 7 pm

Watch on YouTube

Spoken Word by Zara Rahman
Feb 20 at 1 pm

Watch on Instagram

Dance by The Grove
Feb 20 at 6 pm

Watch on YouTube

Graffiti Art by Heartandsoulus
Feb 23 at 12pm

Watch on YouTube

Graphic Art by Gerda
Feb 24 at 12pm

Watch on YouTube

Virtual Theatre Performance by Greenwood College 
Feb 26 at 6pm

Watch on YouTube

Paint-A-Long by CreArt Foundation
Feb 27 at 2 pm

Watch on YouTube

 T4C song by Havergal College
Feb 28 at 6 pm

Watch on YouTube

What is Art Activism? 

Art Activism combines the creative and emotional power of the arts with the strategic planning of activism in hopes to bring about social change. With T4C, we have had many youth groups and schools participate with their own art activism performances in the form of dance, song, spoken word, and much more. You can see some of our past performers below: 

Time4Change 2020

The History of T4C

Time4Change began as Tokens4Change (T4C) as a third party fundraising event in 2010. Scott Parish, a student volunteer with YWS and later a YWS Board member, alongside co-founders Salar Javid and Meggie Lyness-Javid, saw a need with the youth we support and decided to join together to spark change. Scott, Salar, and Meggie were struck by how something so small like providing transit fare could have such a positive impact on the lives of homeless youth. With family, friends, and a YWS community partner, Project: Humanity, Scott envisioned an experience to engage youth supporting youth.

By educating youth about the issue of homelessness and providing them with an avenue through art activism to create awareness within the community, T4C evolved into a successful city-wide YWS event aimed at supporting YWS’s work and providing youth with transit fare by 2011.

In early 2020, we celebrated T4C’s 10th anniversary with 350 community volunteers, students, and corporate partners who raised funds at 20 different canvassing stations across the city of Toronto. Since its launch, T4C has raised more than $750,000 and engaged 4,500 students and volunteers. All funds support our essential transit fare costs and wrap-around programming for the youth at YWS.

Questions? We’re here to help!

Sponsors and media:  communications@yws.on.ca or 416.748.0110 ext. 26

Schools:  education@yws.on.ca or 416.748.0110 ext. 62

Volunteers:  akemp@yws.on.ca or 416.748.0110 ext. 39

General information:  communications@yws.on.ca or 416.748.0110 ext. 26

Time4Change has been one of the more fulfilling things I’ve done while volunteering with YWS. It’s truly amazing to see over 500 people volunteer on one day, all with the common goal of raising awareness for youth homeless and raising funds to help these youth become more independent. It is so rewarding to be a part of something that has such a positive influence on the shelter. It is not just about the funds we raise that day; so much of the impact for me is the great feeling we get because it truly is a community effort and it’s a great opportunity to introduce people to YWS. T4C always reminds me of what we, as civic minded individuals, can accomplish in our community when we are working together.

Jonna Smith, T4C committee member

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