The ComKids Way
We aim to provide youth with limitless and infinite potential through technology, digital literacy, and life tools.
The ComKids Program
Computers and digital literacy are essential to the success of today’s youth, yet we continue to see students with academic potential who do not have the same access to home technology as their peers.
That’s why the ComKids program was established in 1998 to level the playing field for students by providing technology in the form of laptop computers and support in the form of police mentorship so they have the means to succeed.
The ComKids Program:
1) Provides brand-new laptop computers (and internet if needed) to students
2) Offers comprehensive programming that compliments the provision of the laptop with police mentorship and educator support through monthly Lead and Learn sessions designed to assist students in developing digital literacy skills, and learning to use their computers in a safe and effective way.
“ComKids first provided me with a laptop 3 years ago. Before that, I had very little experience using a computer as I didn’t have much access to one outside of the school. I didn’t know how to install an antivirus software or use a lot of program. My computer bridged the divide between me and my peers that had technology available at home, and gave me a chance to succeed.”
– Senior Student, ComKids
The Program runs from Grades 7 – 12. Students enroll in Grade 7, and remain connected throughout their high school years. Following high school graduation students transition to become ComKids alumni.
More than 7,000 students and their families have been assisted to date, with more new students having enrolled in the program in the last four years than in the previous years combined.
Community Partners Are Essential to the Success of ComKids
ComKids is differentiated from other at-risk youth programs by its unique combination of computer provision, support and mentorship through sessions with law enforcement officers and educators.
- Regional Police Services
- Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards
- District School Board of Niagara
- Hamilton-Wentworth District and Catholic School Boards
- HP Canada
“When ComKids gives you a new laptop, it is just the tip of the iceberg. It is more of a mentorship program. The support from Police Officers and Educators in the Program helps kids feel more connected as part of the community and reduces feelings of isolation.”
– ComKids Alumni
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Providing youth with limitless and infinite potential through technology, digital literacy, and life tools.
- We recognize that every student needs some kind of support. Our program provides access to technology and tools that level the playing field.
- Our participants are deserving kids who are given the opportunity to achieve their academic and social potential by accessing our Program.
- We succeed with our donors – the individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups – that provide essential resources to continually grow the program.
- We facilitate teachers, police and volunteers to deliver the program through tools and support.
- We work as a team to ensure all programs are delivered the ComKids way.
- We respect individuals in all circumstances.
- We understand our shared goals and work together to find better ways to achieve them.
- We communicate consistently and honestly.
- We strive to do things right and on time.
- Commitment and preparation are essential to our success.
- We measure everything to drive success.
- Thought leadership and program evolution are continuous.
Through close consultation with the police service and education partners, schools participating in the program are selected prior to the school year.
Educators at the confirmed schools then nominate Grade 7 students to participate based on specific criteria. Final selection of participants is confirmed with ComKids.
Due to the selection process above, students cannot directly apply to ComKids to register in the Program.
How ComKids Works
Students join the Program in Grade 7.
Following the selection process, Launches are held at each participating school. During these school Launches, new students and parents are provided with information on the Program expectations. Once students and parents agree to the requirements, students are awarded a brand-new HP laptop.
In Grade 7, students participate in 5 lunchtime Lead & Learn sessions with their designated Community Officer. Sessions cover topics related to technology, online safety and community citizenship. Students are expected to submit a creative assignment of their own work using their new laptop computer nearing the end of their first year.
We encourage students in Grades 7-12 to continue volunteering with the ComKids program.
Inspiration Games is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of students successfully completing the Program.
This fun-filled day includes lively programming including: awards, scholarships, entertainment, speakers, food, a photo booth area and more.
With special thanks for support of the