The Kick Back is an initiative created by Jamal Burger (Jayscale) to enable the youth and their families through providing accessibility, and the resources necessary to help kids get one step closer to their dream.
In August 2016, Jamal partnered with Livestock to bring the first take of his vision for inspiring the youth to work hard, take school seriously, and save families money as their kids got ready to go back to school.
Working with Pathways to Education, they were collectively able to bring in over 150 pairs of sneakers that were brand or like new to the children in the program. We saved families money in order to help them put that money towards school supplies. There were also barbers who gave them all free haircuts to go back to school looking their best.
Pathways is a program that empowers High School students through tutoring, bus tickets to get to and from school, and a bursary to graduates of the program in their Post-Secondary ventures. Jamal was one of the student in this. Making it his purpose to start close to home, Regent Park.
This year as the first of the 3 for 2017, the first Kick Back will be held here in Toronto in the Jamestown community. The goal for Round 1 is to inspire youth to take summer seriously. To try new things that they're interested in and see as a possible career route. Through active drills, sit-down conversations, and motivational speaking, the kids will walk away with a broader sense of what it takes to actualize what they are passionate about.
It will take place on July 29th, 2017. If you would like to donate a brand or like new pair of sneakers to the cause you can mail or drop off to the address below until July 24th:
116 SPADINA AVE G1
TORONTO, ON M5V 2K6
We appreciate everyone who wants to and can help us inspire the kids through footwear. Please understand that we are only looking for shoes that are worn less than 3 times or brand new. We clean the slightly worn ones ourselves in order to ensure the children receive something they are excited about.
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