teach grade 3-6 kids about brain and spinal cord injury and preventionBrain Day Association of UofT


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  • Increase of 20% in recruited volunteers (than in 2009-2010)
  • Increase of 20% in the number of students reached (than in 2009-2010)
  • Purchase additional supplies to polish program

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Brain Day brings together university students and matches them to classrooms across Toronto elementary schools, where these students give a half school day presentation that teaches basic neuroscience and brain injury prevention.  In 2009, we were able to coordinate 93 classroom presentations and reached over 3,000 elementary students.  This past March, we were thrilled to be able to extend the program to 165 elementary classrooms with the help of 200 university volunteers, spreading brain and spinal cord injury prevention to over 4,500 elementary school students.  With more resources, Brain Day will able to improve on its professional quality and efficiency of the program to reach even more students across the greater Toronto area.  Our goal is to increase the number of students reached by our message by 20% (in 2011).  We would also like to purchase additional materials to polish the program (T-shirts for volunteers, pencils and erasers for students, etc...).

How will the $5K be used?

Budget Notes: Our budget does not cover the raw materials necessary to make the Brain Day program possible. These include the information packages and the materials to run the activities, which are provided to us by ThinkFirst Canada. Our request for funding will allow us to expand, and polish the program.
$ 400 Information/Social For Volunteers (Recruitment)
$ 400 Social for Volunteers
$ 400 Information Session (Food and Drink for attendees)
$ 400 T-shirts for volunteers (showing program name as well as any sponsors)
$ 400 Pencils, erasers, etc. for elementary students (will brand with logos)
$ 1,500 Transit fare for our volunteers (~250 students)
$ 400 Training sessions for volunteers (3-5 days)
$ 400 Post-Brain Day volunteer appreciation social
$ 700 Booking space for training session, information sessions, etc.

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