Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects partners with five national charities. They are Big Brothers Big Sisters, JDRF, Kids Help Phone, Live Different and the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Nationally, Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects supports:
In 2013 Boston Pizza Foundation announced a new and exciting partnership. Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects has committed to donating $1.5 million over the next five years to support and enhance the mission of finding more mentors and role models for kids through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the leading youth mentoring organization in Canada. For the last 103 years, the charity has been investing in Canada’s future by helping our nation’s youth reach their full potential. Research has shown that girls who have a mentor are four times less likely to engage in risky behaviours, such as bullying and lying, and boys who have a mentor are two times more likely to enjoy school and believe that doing well academically is important.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to over 40,000 children in over 1,000 communities. This donation is enabling Big Brothers Big Sisters to develop and implement mentoring programs in communities not previously reached. This support brings Big Brothers Big Sisters closer to their vision of ensuring that every child in Canada who needs a mentor has a mentor.
JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, treating and preventing this disease. Since its founding in 1970 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has awarded nearly $2 billion globally to T1D research, funding more research than any other charity in the world. Over three million Canadians have some form of diabetes, and JDRF strives to help people of all ages and at all stages of the disease to live better, longer, healthier lives.
Early in our partnership, funds donated from Boston Pizza Foundation helped support clinical trials of islet transplants at the University of Alberta in Edmonton with a treatment that became known as the Edmonton Protocol. This treatment is now used around the world at a number of hospitals and is showing great promise.
Over the last five years, the Boston Pizza Foundation has contributed to the support of clinical trials related to the development of the Artificial Pancreas Project (APP). By automating detection of blood sugar levels and delivery of insulin in response to those levels, an artificial pancreas has the potential to transform the lives of people with T1D. Currently in the human clinical trial stage, the artificial pancreas will truly be a revolutionary approach to managing T1D and significantly reduce the complications that arise.
These are exciting times to be involved with JDRF. With the dedication and enthusiasm of employees, franchisees, suppliers and guests, we are confident that we can help find a cure. jdrf.ca
Boston Pizza Foundation has been a corporate partner of Kids Help Phone and its counselling services since 1995. This program provides kids and families with mentorship support in difficult situations. It also offers adult role models armed with leading-edge information through its world-renowned website. Children and youth can connect with a caring professional who can provide immediate kid-friendly insight, help and direction on a wide variety of issues relevant to youth 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Over the past 21 years, Boston Pizza Foundation has donated over $3.1 million to Kids Help Phone. BPF Future Prospects currently works with Kids Help Phone and is excited to announce a new and enhanced commitment to this very vital service to support kids and their families.
Boston Pizza Foundation has helped support Live Different motivational presentations in high schools across Canada. As one of the largest organizations that speaks to youth in Canada face to face, Live Different offers programs that empower hundreds of thousands of young people every year with the idea that each life has value and that they can make a difference in the world.
When students grasp this idea, many strive to become role models themselves and become more involved locally and globally, thriving in a lifestyle that cares for people, not things. Through its commitment to donate $1 million between 2009 and 2016, BPF Future Prospects has helped to keep Live Different on the road, enabling valuable mentorship opportunities with interns and students to help make a positive change in the world. In addition, Boston Pizza employees from across Canada volunteer annually for the Live Different Build in the Dominican Republic, helping to build sustainable and safe housing. Boston Pizza Foundation has also supported a school in Haiti through the purchase of a water tank, helping to ensure the students have clean, safe drinking water.
The Rick Hansen School Program provides free, bilingual, multimedia resources that inspire elementary and secondary youth to lead the way in transforming awareness about social responsibility, the importance of inclusion, and the potential of people with disabilities. Through engaging activities, lesson plans, videos, and speakers, students learn to respect differences and to discover that they can make the world a better place for everyone.
The Rick Hansen School Program was created and is administered by the Rick Hansen Foundation. Boston Pizza Foundation is helping the Rick Hansen School Program deliver resources to over 2,500 schools reaching 50,000 students annually across Canada. Create an account today to download or order resources for your school.
We also salute our franchisees, who serve as role models for their staff, leading by example in charitable work in 350 communities across Canada. Thank you for making a positive impact through Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects.