Let Them Be Kids is an all volunteer organization and is made up of business leaders, experts from various fields and most importantly a lot of regular Moms and Dads; who are all dedicated to making tomorrow a little bit better than it was yesterday for today’s generation as well as the ones to come.
LTBK was started over a decade ago by Ian and Gina Hill in an attempt to help the homeless children of their own local community. The concept was that if adults did their jobs in helping to build strong families, neighborhoods and communities then the kids could just be kids, hence the name Let Them Be Kids. St Charles Playground Project
The Let Them Be Kids Program was launched across Canada in 2006 when LTBK identified a deep need across the country; groups, large and small, needed assistance in securing of funds for the building of play structures for children who may not have the availability of safe, secure places to play.
Today, Let Them Be Kids is an outcomes based, impact focused organization that has clearly defined desired outcomes with clearly outlined impacts from those outcomes.
Vision, Mission and Program Outcomes
Vision – To help build the thriving Communities we would all want to live in.
Mission – To educate, equip and inspire community members to affect positive change within their homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and communities.
The 2013 National Community Action Campaign desired outcomes:
Be a catalyst for 250 Community action projects by December 31st 2013
Ignite grassroots community action, increase the sense of community and community pride!
Teach social responsibility through meaningful action and impact
Increase in volunteerism, REDUCE social ills
Inspire hope EVERYWHERE!
New Community Playground Safe opportunities for children to play
Cross Sectoral Partnerships/Linkages Signed collaborative agreements, partnerships
Greater involvement by all sectors: private, public, volunteer and faith based in building community Increase in community participation and changed lives
Emerging leaders identified and given tools to lead in partnership with current senior leaders Organizational succession planning for leadership positions in all sectors
Act as a catalyst for community based projects Three years later there will be at least one new sustainable community based project in each community in which we partner
Personal commitment to improve community Increased volunteerism and community projects
Kids know they can make a difference Kid initiated, led and fulfilled projects
Increased awareness of community need Reduced social ills in community