Who We Are
We are a national youth-run non-profit organization (based in Oakville, ON) that fights for children's rights through our development projects, campaigns and events. We inspire and empower young people to follow their passion by equipping them with the resources and tools they need to provide children all around the world with their basic needs.
In 2012, Vishal and Ishan Vijay witnessed extreme poverty first hand in India. After spending time with underprivileged street kids, the brothers decided to start a small non-profit to help the kids that they had met. What started as a small group of 5 friends has now grown into a national organization actively working to protect and promote children's rights in Canada and around the world.
We believe in the power that young people have to change the world. Since the very beginning, empathy, compassion and acceptance are forces that we believe shape who we are and what we can accomplish. In all the work that we do, we uphold our core values.
Our Bill of Rights
1. EQUALITY: every child has the right to be treated with equality, no matter their race, religion, national origin, gender, sexuality or physical appearance
2. BASIC NEEDS: every child has a right to the basic necessities of education, food, health care, shelter, water
3. PROTECTION: every child has the right to be protected from neglect, abuse, injustice, bullying and exploitation
4. ACCEPTANCE: every child has the right to voice their feelings and opinions and to grow in an environment of understanding, acceptance and friendship
Meet the Team
We're all high school students with a common passion
Co-Founder & CEO
VP & Head of Youth Engagement
Head of Media
Head of Sponsorship
WHAT WE DO
Our work focuses on three main areas:
Engaging Our Generation
We've never believed that you're too young to change the world. That's why we focus on inspiring and empowering our generation to become agents of change. We do this through workshops & speeches, school clubs & community chapters and Project Inspire Me. We create and distribute free resources and tools youth can use to change the world, while also mentoring them from our own experience. Once a young person is inspired, they can have an impact.
Development Projects & Campaigns
Our development projects (like a school house, water well or state-of-the-art computer lab) are permanent structures that are made sustainable through community involvement. Our campaigns work to raise awareness and supplies to provide immediate aid to those in need. Hundreds of children's and their families directly rely on our development projects and campaigns every day to receive their basic needs, giving them the opportunity to improve their lives.
Having Important Conversations
We've always believed that young people aren't just the leaders of tomorrow, we're the leaders of today. We know that if we really want to see a change in children's rights for the better, we need to influence national & international policy makers and 'people in charge' to care more about our rights and we need to raise awareness about issues affecting children. We focus on research, outreach and engagement, which all come together for a powerful form of advocacy.
And we're just getting started
Families Directly Aided
Have an impact the way that you want to ... Contact us
Participate in a Campaign or Start Your Own
Campaigns are a great way to get involved! We're always looking for new ideas.
To start your own campaign, contact us and we'll help you with the resources and mentorship to put it into action. We may even roll it out across Canada so hundreds of people can join in!
Hold Your Own Fundraiser
Birthday party for a cause? Halloween turned socially conscious?
Fundraise with ECN and we'll connect you with the resources you need to engage your community. We'll work with our development partners to make your project happen. We'll also send you photos of the impact that your work has to share with friends and family.
Start Your Own Club or Community Chapter
Want to have an impact all year round? Bring ECN to your school so your friends and you can work together to take action!
We'll work with you to create your campaigns and support the work that do by providing mentorship, valuable resources and a platform for change.
Book a Speaker
We have spoken to audiences of all sizes to speak to 165,000+ about children's rights and the work that we do. Contact us to have us come speak at your school, office place or to hold a workshop.
Speech topics, testimonials and other resources are available.
Join Our Teen Summer Volunteer Program
Our interns are changing the world while gaining valuable business skills, building their resumes and earning volunteer hours.
For positions, hours and more information on the program, contact us.
Volunteer at Events & Initiatives
Opportunities range from assembling school supply kits from a campaign or running the registration desk for a event.
Contact us to hear about meaningful volunteer opportunities in Oakville, ON.
Support us with monetary or in-kind donations
By donating to ECN, you will be supporting our mission to provide every child with their basic needs.
Tax receipts and corporate recognition are available.
You can take action by collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, hand sanitizers, and feminine products. By working with our partners, we will help you get the supplies to where they will have a massive impact!
Although the news cycle has moved on from Hurricane Maria, we haven't! Many children in Puerto Rico are still left without access to basic hygiene and sanitary items. You can help stop the spread of deadly diseases and save children's' lives!
- go door-to-door dropping off Hurricane Heroes Cards (see link below) and let neighbours when you will be returning to collect items
- always try and ring the door bell to see if someone is home so you can explain the campaign, and remember, it's always a good idea to give them a card
- create a central drop off area at your school where students can drop off supplies that they collect
- see if your church/community group or outside of school activity can create a "drop off" zone where families can leave items
- celebrate all of the hard work that your team did: let you know who your top collector was so we can send them an award and a special prize!
- includes: drop-off cards, poster, & door-to-door script
From social media challenges to welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada to even collecting and shipping school supplies to children affected by the earthquake in Nepal , we have lots of campaigns that make having an impact easy.
New campaigns are released every few months with a new action that you and your friends can take.
For more info on a campaign, contact us.
Read, Write, Repeat
Spread awareness about children's rights
Take action by collecting new notebooks, new pencils & pens, and new/gently used books & novels. They will be given to First Nation youth and children in your community.
Teddy it UP!
Put a smile on a child's face
Collect teddy bears that will be sent to children hospitals and homeless shelters.
Every Child Deserves...
Spread awareness about children's rights
Show the world that you care by posting a photo while holding up "Every Child Deserves ________ Now." You fill in the blank ;)
Be sure to put #EveryChildNow in the caption to be featured!
Featured event: skate it up! 2017
Visit our event page at: skateitup2017.raisely.com
Grab Your Skates and Lace Up
March 25, 2017, (4 - 7:30pm) Canlan Ice Sports Oakville
Tell Your Friends & Family
Trust us, they wanna know
Let your friends and family know that you'll be going to the event by posting on social media using #SkateItUP!
Feature in the Huffington Post
Chalk it UP! 2015
In 2015, we held our third Chalk it UP!, a community event designed to raise awareness and funds for children's rights
When the Ebola outbreak occurred, we responded by helping to pack 4000 house hold protection kits to Liberia and Sierra Leone to help stop the spread of the virus
From Martin Luther King III to Craig Kielburger, people have a lot to say about ECN