Community Initiatives

Fiesta in a Box

To help you prepare for your own celebrations, this guide will be your 1-stop shop for the best food, music and party ideas from across the Americas as you plan your Games-themed occasion in your home, neighbourhood or workplace.


Youth Summit

The TORONTO 2015 Building Legacies youth engagement program kicked off on January 19 and runs until May 22.

On March 21 and 22, 300 youth delegates from Ontario gathered in downtown Toronto for the TORONTO 2015 Youth Summit. Delegates attended one of the 12 workshops and one of 13 community activations offered — all were themed around building community through sport and culture.

Speakers included Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors star and TORONTO 2015 global ambassador, Stephanie Dixon, assistant chef de mission for the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games and Rick Hansen, Paralympian and chief executive officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

All youth delegates who attended the Summit are now working on the 60-day post-Summit challenge, applying what they have learned to personal projects that promote sport, healthy living or the cultures of the Americas.

Community Partners

Art Starts
Black Creek Community Farm
Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada
CISCO
Prospect Madison
MLSE Foundation
Native Child and Family Services of Ontario
PrideHouseTO
CHHA 1610AM Voces Latinas
The Learning Partnership
Variety Village
Théâtre français de Toronto
RISE Edutainment
Toronto Public Library
United Way Toronto
Tropicana Community Services
Toronto Youth Cabinet
York University


Community Tour

The TO2015 Community Tour provides communities with an opportunity to learn about the TORONTO 2015 Games through local festivals and events. Hear how to get involved in the Games, try playing wheelchair basketball or soccer and learn about record-holding achievements by athletes.

Invite us to your event!

The Community Tour launched on July 10, 2012, at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square during the PAN AM/PARAPAN AM DAY celebrations. Hundreds have already enjoyed interacting with the Tour at the Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park, Harbourfront’s Island Soul Festival, CaraBram, Kiddie Carnival and Youth Day at Yonge Dundas Square.

What does the Tour include?

  • Games information tent
  • inflatable interactive sport activities
  • athlete appearances*
  • sport equipment showcasing athletic records
  • interactive photo cut-outs
  • swag!

*subject to availability

Request TO2015 Community Tour

This is your opportunity to get your community excited about the Games coming to the Greater Golden Horseshoe region in 2015.

The TO2015 Community Tour will not be attending community events after May 28, 2015. Look for us on tour with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay from May 30 to July 10, followed by the Pan Am Games from July 10 to 26.

We will then be on tour with the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Torch Relay from August 3 to 7, followed by the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15. We hope to see you at the Games to help us ignite the spirit through a celebration of sport and culture.


Kids 'n Play

Every kid can be a Pan Am / Parapan Am Kid!

Pan Am / Parapan Am Kids Programs
The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport and the TORONTO 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games Organizing Committee are working together to educate youth about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games through the following programs:

Want to know more about Pan Am / Parapan Am Kids’ programs? Visit Ontario.ca/PPAkids.

Kids 'n Play

The Kids ‘n Play program teaches children about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games and encourages their involvement in the Games through participating in exciting in-school and after-school activities. This program is developed for Grades 1-8/ages 6-12 plus.

How it works

Educators and community leaders will be provided with a Resource Guide at the beginning of the program. This will add direction to their lesson plans, and suggest how to best implement the program into their teaching environment. The Kids ‘n Play program supports educators and recreational leaders in connecting children, through quality physical activities and healthy living lessons, to the fun and challenge of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

Passport to Fun

In using the accompanying Passport to Fun, children earn points as they actively participate in and explore an array of activities designed to get them active, expose them to the cultures of the Pan Americas to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and to create opportunities for community celebration.

For more information about the Kids ‘n Play program, call or write to us at: 416.957.2015 ppakids@toronto2015.org.

Creation and development of the program concept was done in cooperation with:


Children and Youth

Fun and Free Ways to Get Children and Youth Excited about the Games

My Personal Best

Students will learn to set individual physical activity goals to achieve their personal best, while teachers will monitor their students’ physical literacy skills and knowledge in this school-based or out-of-school program.

PlaySport

This resource provides tools and videos that can be linked to a student’s existing curriculum to help them learn about healthy living, fitness, decision making, and student leadership.

Activity Day Kit

Fun day in a box! This kit contains 13 activity cards that relate to healthy living, sports and parasports, a Pan Am/Parapan Am banner and a guide to set up an activity day.

Meet Me @ the Finish Line

Connect with athletes through social media; watch and share inspiring videos; and invite athletes into your classroom – virtually or in person – to IGNITE the spirit of the Games! 

Mascot

PACHI the porcupine is the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Games. He’s been having a great time visiting communities and schools across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and is always eager to make new friends. Invite PACHI to your school or next event.

Let's Get Coaching!

Let’s Get Coaching! The City of Toronto in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario is offering free community-level National Coach Certification Program training to Toronto residents aged 16 and older with the goal of training 2,015 coaches in 2015!

Volunteer

How cool would it be to play a role in bringing the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to life? Very! Youth who will be at least 16 years of age by January 1, 2015, are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

CISCO I can Learn

I can Learn is a dynamic classroom program, leveraging video technology, athletes, experts and the Pan Am Games to bring to life a curriculum that teaches science and math through sport, helping Canadian students build a solid foundation of STEM knowledge.

Play On! PARASPORT

Play On! PARASPORT will provide sport opportunities for children, youth and adults who have visual impairments or other physical disabilities so they can try a variety of parasports in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Siblings or friends welcome to join in.

Poetry Slam (Toronto Library)

A spoken word poetry competition for Toronto youth (youth will receive coaching and instruction before the competition) taking place from January to February 2015 at the Toronto Reference Library.

Sport Literacy Program

A multi-sport skill development program for children aged 3–12 that will take place at community recreation centres, camps and after-school programs starting fall 2015.

Youth Sport Industry Incubator

A sports management, career planning and business development program to help young people channel their love of sport into the pursuit of professional opportunities within the sports industry.