Our Story

In every program, our delivery teams include high performance athletes, community leaders and/or accomplished motivational speakers. These delivery teams facilitate powerful sessions that include inspirational story telling, fitness activities and mentorship.

We had humbled beginnings but huge hearts for youth success.  We believe that every youth can make the most out of their circumstances no matter what the challenge if they are given support, guidance and opportunities.  We’ve seen numerous issues that plague youth today; unemployment, suicide, gang involvement, mental health challenges and so much more.  Youth need to know that there is a reason to not just hope for a better tomorrow but work practically today to help create that better tomorrow.  At One Voice One Team, we empower, inspire and give youth opportunities to experience that ‘better tomorrow’ today!

Our History

  • 2005 –  Piloted their first Sports Youth Leadership March Break Camp called Gameday ran in Oakville for youth from aged 8- 14yrs, 8 youth attended in one week.  Parents asked if this was offered in the summer.
  • 2006 – Piloted first school based programs and engaged 100 students in ongoing programs.  Sports Youth Leadership Summer camp offered in Oakville called S.W.O.L.E. Youth were taught specific leadership skills, Self respect, Work hard, Overcome adversity, Lead by example, and Excellence.  Through sport and group activities youth made real changes in their homes (as per parent feedback).
  • 2007 – Continued to increase in providing school youth leadership programs, school-wide assemblies and S.W.O.L.E.™ summer camps.  Over 2000 youth served in this year.
  • 2008  – One voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization is incorporated as a Non-Profit organization.  Applied for funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to run programs in Peel and Halton regions. Over 5000 youth served.
  • 2009 – Granted funding  by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to run youth leadership programming in Peel and Halton regions.  Partnered with Sheridan College Child Youth Worker program to facilitate students complete their program and gain work experience. Over 10,000 youth served.
  • 2010 – Recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Education as a student success program.  S.W.O.L.E.™ Youth Leadership Summer Camps ran three summer camps in Toronto, Brampton, and Hamilton.  Developed a character based youth leadership curriculum for Middle Schools and High Schools and served 15,000 youth.
  • 2011 – Received Federal Charitable Status. Delivered youth leadership programming to 20,000 youth in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, Halton, and Dufferin-Peel district school boards.  S.W.O.L.E.™ programming was active in 7 high schools and 8 middle schools.  Forty S.W.O.L.E.™ All Stars are sent to Muskoka Woods for intense leadership training and a specialized summer camp experience.  Fundraising dinner raised approx $10K
  • 2012 – Funded by the Ontario Trillium foundation to evaluate provincial expansion and undertake strategic planning.  Partnered with other community organizations and sent five youth to serve in a very under developed community in Copan Ruis, Honduras. Served over 25,000 and growing.
  • 2013 – The organization continues to serve youth, with a strong emphasis in middle schools. Over 35,000 students served in Toronto. The organization branched out to serve youth in Northern Quebec within the Cree community as well as at-risk youth in Chicago Illinois.
  • 2014 – OVOT partnered with PanAm Games, the Toronto Argonauts and David Suzuki’s specialist high-skills major program and delivered programming that impacted Over 30,000 youth.
  • 2015 – OVOT partnered with KPMG, Seneca Colleges’s Non-profit Leadership Program, and Endeavour Consulting. OVOT received National Youth Empowerment Award.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov
21
Tue
OVOT GameChanger Assemblies @ St. Maria Goretti
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov
22
Wed
SWOLE™ Leadership Session @ Amesbury Middle School
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
OVOT @ Men of Distinction / Ladies on The Rise Event
Nov 22 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

See all of our upcoming events