now more than ever

Envision…

… children and youth who can speak up and stand out without fear

… empowered youth who can make change for a brighter, safer tomorrow

safe spaces to engage with each other with openness and humility

inclusive and violence-free communities where we are all welcome to be ourselves

This year has certainly had its share of challenges. We’ve all been experiencing fear, isolation, disconnection, alongside a greater intolerance in the world and in our communities. Children and youth are affected by what is happening around them, and we want to rise to the need.

But your support is crucial to make this happen.

More teachers than ever want our programs—more than we have money to provide. They see how students benefit when they participate in The Empathy Project, The Respect Project, and Pass It On. And they see the spillover benefits with the students’ teachers, their peers, families, and the community.

We invite you to Sponsor-A-Student to help give them the social and emotional skills for these challenging times.

What Teachers Are Saying

“The program promotes the development of respectful leaders and encourages children to explore their strengths on their own and collectively … We often bring the learning from each Peace Kids lesson into other conversations and expectations during the school day.”

Gail Bryn-Jones, Elementary School Teacher, Salt Spring Elementary School

What Students Are Saying

“Throughout my time at GISS and in Grade 8, I thoroughly appreciated the stability and structure Pass It On offered me. Being able to connect and further understand my peers, as well as older women, was truly enlightening and an experience I think all students should take part in.”

Anonymous Pass It On Participant

What Teachers Are Saying

“The students, both buddies and mentors, finish the program with a confident sense of well-being, tools for real-world problem-solving and the ability to care about other individuals and their community.”

Shari Hambrook, High School Teacher, Gulf Islands Secondary School

What Students Are Saying

“Pass It On has hugely changed my outlook on how it is to be a female highschool student and opened me up to all sorts of people I never would have talked to otherwise. It has helped me grow immensely over the past 5 years.”

—Anonymous Pass It On Participant

This December 1st on GivingTuesday—an international day of charitable giving—please consider supporting The Circle with a contribution that will support a student, a classroom, or our ongoing work.

Together we can foster empathy and respect and help give children and youth the skills they need to feel good about themselves and meet the challenges of our times.

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On #GIVINGTuesday, sponsor a student!

Our 2020 Goal is $20,000

Sponsor a Student

Sponsor a child or youth to learn the attitudes and skills required to develop healthy relationships. It takes only $150 for one school year! A tax receipt will be issued for your donation.

Sponsor An Entire Classroom!

Sponsor safe spaces where children and youth can understand and explore the challenges of growing up in today’s society. It takes only $3000 per year! A tax receipt will be issued for your donation.

Or Sponsor The Circle!

Support The Circle to help create an inclusive Salt Spring community living violence-free. We appreciate your gift of any size. A tax receipt will be issued for your donation.

You can also make a donation by mailing a cheque to The Circle.

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