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The MLSE Launchpad is Empowering Youth Through Sports and Recreation

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The MLSE Launchpad is a community facility located in Toronto's Moss Park neighbourhood that provides a safe, inclusive space where youth and young adults can grow and develop through sports and recreation programming. With over 50 programs scheduled each week, the facility offers a wide range of activities, including sports, employment initiatives, and other life skills training for children and adults between 6 and 29 years old. The goal is to empower young people in the community by providing them with the tools they need to succeed in all aspects of their lives.

MLSE Launchpad has a variety of spaces, including classrooms for training, sports courts, a nutrition hub, an adventure wall, and a wellness room. The sports courts and adventure wall provide opportunities for physical activity allowing individuals to test their limits and improve their self-esteem and resilience. The classrooms offer supportive learning environments where participants can continue build additional life skills to help them in school, work, and in the community. The wellness room is another important space that prioritizes mental wellbeing by offering free counseling services.

The MLSE Launchpad is a beautiful, vibrant community space that really tries to harness the power of sport to help young people recognize and reach their full potential. Lisa Wiele, Managing Director, MLSE Launchpad

Located within a community housing development, the MLSE Launchpad provides a unique opportunity for young people who may not have access to organized sports. Free access to a range of sports and services allows the MLSE Launchpad to break down barriers and increase opportunities for underprivileged youth. The facility's commitment to inclusion and diversity is evident through its focus on gender equity and fostering a sense of belonging for everyone who walks through its doors. Moreover, the facility offers accessible sports such as wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball in addition to traditional sports, thus making participation easier and more inclusive.

One of the key values of MLSE Launchpad is the promotion of authentic self-expression. The staff strives to create a welcoming environment where children feel comfortable expressing themselves and developing their skills. Additionally, the facility prioritizes representation to ensure that all members feel seen and heard. Since its opening, MLSE Launchpad has had a significant impact on the community by providing a space for community gatherings, events, and activities. The project's unique features and sponsorships further enhance its impact on the community, contributing to the overall well-being and development of its members.

MLSE Launchpad: Empowering Youth Through Sports and Recreation

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