More than 50 men, including Toronto’s new police chief, turned up to offer positive influence at an event that drew 200 Grade 8 boys from across Toronto.

Chief Mark Saunders said to the crowd, “I had many turning points in my life, and I am here today because there are many people here who cared about me, family and people that weren’t family, just people that were charitable.”

Click here to read more about the Young Men's Stand Up event in the Toronto Star.

At TFSS, we understand the importance of having positive role models for young youth. For many middle school students, it’s during the hours after school lets out that they are most vulnerable. Instead of spending time on the streets, or going home to an empty apartment,TFSS' free beyond 3:30 after school program gives students between the ages of 11 and 14 a safe and welcoming place for sports and physical fitness, a nutritious meal, and homework support each school day — opportunities that are out of reach for most families facing poverty issues.