Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) — Annual Report 2020

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Annual Report 2020 #kids2030


Our Guiding Mission KCJ is determined to give every Canadian child access to digital skills education, with a focus on girls and underserved communities. We encourage inclusive and sustainable learning by teaching kids and the educators who play a crucial role in their development. We’re making sure kids have the confidence and creative tools they need to build a better future. The pressing issues facing the world today stand to affect kids the most. Our #kids2030 initiative puts coding, artificial intelligence, ethics, and the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development at the forefront of kids’ education. It is critical that we equip our youngest citizens with the tools they need to face the challenges our future holds.

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Table of contents Taking stock A Message from the President of the Board A letter from the CEO

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Our COVID-19 response Challenges: Clicking, connecting, and coding through COVID Solutions: Building consistency, community, and creativity Outcomes: New friendships, skill sets, and perspectives

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Progress by numbers Our impact Teaching kids Supporting educators Sharing resources Working with communities Our reach

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Our programs Code Create Teach Teacher Training Pre-service Training Code in the Classroom Code Create Play Code Create Celebrate Code Club Canada

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The Algorithm Literacy Project

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#kids2030

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A year in review: Highlights

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Educational development

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Bursting with appreciation

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Meet our board

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Financial summary Treasurer’s Letter Balance Sheet Income Statement Financial Highlights

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Our support system

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Contact

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Taking stock


TAKING STOCK

Hello! We’re so happy to see you here. If you’re reading this, we’ve likely met before in some shape or form. Chances are, you’re also a supporter of what Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) stands for: empowering tomorrow’s leaders through digital literacy and creativity. Whether you’re a donor, a caregiver, a community leader, a teacher, or a coder, it’s your belief in the importance of empowering tomorrow’s leaders through tech literacy that fuels it all.

So thank you.

It’s your support that allows us to build the best teams and programs. It’s your commitment to learning and growth that allows us to develop new tech literacy and core competencies in our communities. It’s your determined curiosity that has kept our (now digital) classrooms stock-full of creative young coders.

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TAKING STOCK

For seven years now, our team has been thinking up fun, creative, and engaging ways to help kids across Canada develop a healthy and informed relationship with technology. In 2019, we changed the legal framework of that work by becoming a registered charity, but our mission hasn’t changed: to expand access to digital skills education – with an increasing focus on girls and underserved communities – and encourage the kind of inclusive and sustainable learning that bolsters kids’ confidence and ricochets across every aspect of their lives. As our team, our reach, and our ambitions continue to grow, our mission feels more relevant and urgent than ever. So be it through your time, your network, or your donations, know that we truly appreciate you contributing to the KCJ cause. Now without further ado, here’s what we’ve been up to! Sincerely and in solidarity for the bright future ahead, The KCJ Team

SUPPORT DIGITAL LITERACY

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TAKING STOCK

A Message from the President of the Board As Canadians continue to learn about the importance of digital skills education as an essential skill, it’s been an honour to steer Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) as President of the Board of Directors. It has been an interesting 2020 to say the least! I was so impressed to see the KCJ team pivot when the pandemic forced a shut down of schools across Canada, reaching over a thousand kids in an extremely short time span. As a mother of two children, whose family was also affected as many across Canada were, it made me realise the crucial role that KCJ plays in society. Schools are much more than a curriculum. They’re a place to play, to share, to grow, and to build a community. KCJ worked hard to integrate these elements into all of their activities. Although none of us can predict the future, I am certain that this moment of disruption will have an impact on education. And we will begin to work harder to close the digital divide and to make sure that no child is left behind. During these unprecedented times, it’s also been an unwavering & empowering time for the Black Lives Matter movement. KCJ is also more than a curriculum. It is about equity,

inclusion and diversity. From Board member to community developer to instructor, we all pulled together to amplify the voice and educate our audiences on the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am so proud to see that, from these efforts, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee was created at KCJ, with a mission and objectives to ensure that every decision and activity at KCJ includes a DEI Lens. A strong and sustained movement needs a strong foundation, and the KCJ Board keeps this close to the heart of every board meeting. We know that Canadians expect every charity to be diligent in governance, risk management, impact and delivering on its mission. In 2020, we created committees that convene regularly to discuss strategy, risk management, finance, and fundraising. Each committee is chaired by a Board member and includes members of KCJ team, which helps guide and integrate best policies and practices, with each Chair reporting updates at the board meetings.

education to strengthen families and the communities that surround them. I am inspired by the commitment from all of KCJ’s employees, volunteers, ambassadors, teachers, parents, and most importantly - the kids who play, learn, and connect through learning to code. Thank you for supporting KCJ. We look forward to another year of innovating education. Best,

Mahalia Verna Board President & Chair of Fundraising Committee Kids Code Jeunesse

As we reflect on how to build back better, it’s important that we remember the power of

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TAKING STOCK

A letter from the CEO 2020 has certainly been one for the history books! We kicked off 2020 with plans to launch The Algorithm Literacy project, at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week in Paris, as part of our 10 year plan to align all of our activities to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Just as we were about to launch in early March, COVID-19 shut down the world. And since then there has been a perfect storm of crises in climate, public health, social justice, and global education. This disruption has inspired reflection on why I started KCJ in the first place. It was 2012. I was reading an article in my living room about the digital skills that kids need for the future - while my 3 girls were leaning over their notebooks with pencils in hand, busily doing their homework around the dining room table. I started KCJ because I know education systems can’t adapt fast enough to keep up with the 4th industrial revolution. Many of us can’t! Now, facing enormous challenges never seen before, KCJ is ready to support communities to make sure that youth are learning to create, communicate and build with technology, as we move into a new reality.

In April 2019, we launched #kids2030: our strategy to introduce the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and AI and ethics, to inspire youth to use technology to work towards some of their communities' pressing issues. Our planet has an uphill struggle ahead - and we need to work together and to invest in our youth, if we are to protect our planet, our communities, and our people. It’s time for action. Since our last update, we have reached 119,000 kids, 3400+ educators, and 129 communities from coast to coast to coast. When COVID-19 closed down schools, we rooted ourselves closely to our mission, and adapted the mode of our service delivery. We were one of the first Canadian educational organizations to go online, and ran our first virtual Code Club on March 17th - 4 days after we halted in-person services. In the first 4 weeks, we supported more than a thousand kids, parents and educators with our virtual workshops and resources.

Futures of Education roundtable with industry leaders from the CSR world. In August, we collaborated with Algora Labs, MILA and UNESCO to host a roundtable on AI Ethics & the environment for teens. Keep your eyes peeled as we’ll have more of these to come! We’ve come a long way from an initial idea that started around a dining room table. But there’s still so much more that we need to do to address the rampant injustices we see, which should be tackled through education. From Black Lives Matter to the Digital Divide, our society is far from a fair and just one. We are committed to increasing the diversity within our own organization, those we train and support to be our KCJ volunteers and ambassadors, and doubling down to make sure we are reaching those kids who need a solid education the most.

We’re also speaking with local and international leaders, including our youth, to help shape more agile, inclusive learning experiences for an unknown future. In April, we ran our first

We’ve seen firsthand: today’s kids are today’s leaders. They have a voice, an educated and passionate one. They care about the environment. They want to address systemic inequality. They’re ready to tackle issues - big and small. It’s all of our responsibility to meet them where they are - and to give them the skills, tools, and platform to move ideas into action.

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TAKING STOCK Coming up in 2020-2021, we’ll continue to work closely with many industry, governmental, innovative educators, and community organizations to provide quality digital skills education to the kids who need it most, and empower them to build back better. You’ll be hearing from diverse voices in a series of youthled roundtables, encouraged to join a global decade-long series of challenges that brings together environmental issues,

computational & design thinking and creativity, and much more. It is in disruption where we find new and innovative opportunities. We’re excited to get started!

Kate Arthur Founder & CEO Kids Code Jeunesse

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Our COVID-19 response


OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE > CHALLENGES

Challenges: Clicking, connecting, and coding through COVID As for so many teams and communities, this year at KCJ has been… unexpected.

This March, we were on the cusp of launching an ambitious season of cross-Canada classroom visits and hands-on workshops. But the year had other plans in mind, it would seem, so we joined the rest of the world in trying to figure out what came next. Last year, we started rolling out webinar style workshops for rural communities — so we had a bit of a jumpstart in the realm of live, online learning. Of course, we weren’t the only ones getting our bearings. Around us, crucial spaces of learning, curiosity, and growth were closing up shop to contain the spread of COVID-19. Libraries, schools, community centres; all were shutting down. Luckily, we happen to run an organization that teaches kids and teachers to code… so we continued plotting our digital transformation.

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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE > SOLUTIONS

Solutions: Building consistency, community, and creativity [ First command: meet me online! ] To keep our momentum, we turned our volunteer-led community Code Clubs into weekly virtual sessions facilitated by our very own KCJ instructors. Every week, 10-15 kids get to bond, experiment, and learn as they continue to gain confidence in their coding skills. What better way to stay curious while also staying safe?

user Parent, Montreal QC: "I'd like to say that these classes are super great. My son Dominic, who used to go to the in-person classes 4 or 5 years ago, is now taking the online classes. I really hope these classes could continue even after the pandemic. While in-person classes do have its perks, for a two hour lesson, it does take a lot of time for parents to take the kids to the class, find a parking, waiting for two hours , then come back home."

"I think you guys have been doing a great job over the years ... My sincerest thanks to all of your team , have a great summer!"

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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE > SOLUTIONS

[ Second command: make new coder friends! ] We turned Scratch into the ultimate team sandbox with programs that brought small groups of coders together for hands-on activities designed to get them creative with code. Be it through the exploration of arts, space, nature, or sciences, kids got to take agency over their own learning while building new friendships. That’s what we call an all around win-win!

user Parent, Quebec QC: "Hello! My son (Théo, 10 years old, Quebec City) participated in his first workshop today and he was very proud of the game he made during this workshop. He also had good things to say about the workshop facilitator (Gabrielle) who knew how to deal with the challenges of an internet connection that is not always 100%. It was a very positive experience that will no doubt be repeated. He is already asking me to make another Scratch game with him tomorrow." (Translated from French)

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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE > SOLUTIONS

[ Third command: teachers, unite! ] Not even a pandemic could dampen our educators’ dedication to empowering kids through digital skills, so we used your financial support to provide additional teacher training and materials. On the docket: engaging topics like computational thinking, coding, artificial intelligence, and digital citizenship. Together, countless educators were able to creatively turn the unexpected into a unique opportunity to explore our relationship to the digital world, and get their students involved in those conversations too. Talk about forging a path from uncertainty to confidence!

user Teacher, Ottawa ON: "I was impressed with the content of the workshop. I had no idea what to expect and was not sure how useful it would be. But with a little practice on my part, I'm sure I'll start my school year with this program next year! Thank you very much for your warmth and patience. You are a great team!" (Translated from French)

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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE > OUTCOMES

Outcomes: New friendships, skill sets, and perspectives Through it all — every virtual session, every digital sandbox friendship, every online conversation — kids kept learning and growing. Education contains multitudes. Programming literacy may be the focus of our digital and in-person programs, but it’s also the leaping-off point for expanding young worlds and minds one block of code at a time. Along with the dedicated teachers reshaping their own understanding of tech education, we’ve been able to create those pedagogical springboards in virtual spaces too. Once coding starts, confidence begins to bloom, as do new friendships, communities and leadership skills. Students follow their curiosity to fascinating places, and that’s where creative thinking truly thrives.

The impact of KCJ’s digital transition can be measured not only by how many students and teachers we were able to reach, but by our newfound ability to broaden accessibility. After all, if COVID-19 has changed countless perspectives on the purpose and role of the digital world, it’s also opened people’s eyes to the importance of building tech literacy across the board – and chances are, many people wouldn’t have found their way to us if it hadn’t been for this sudden migration online. As we shift back from a reactive mindset to a proactive one, we’re looking forward to engaging those newly expanded minds on vital topics like artificial intelligence, ethics and global affairs.

AFTER COMPLETING A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP:

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smile of kids say they are excited to keep learning to code

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Progress by numbers


PROGRESS BY NUMBERS

Connecting the dots to quantify impact and reach. At its core, coding is a fascinating hybrid of nuances and binaries, of endless possibilities built out of simple 0s and 1s. Though we’re avid data collectors, we’re also keenly aware that each and every one of those data points represents a unique experience, a singular kid, an inquisitive teacher, a generous donor, or a curious community member. Their stories are as diverse as they are, but as we crunch the numbers in search of results and patterns, a simple truth always seems to emerge: learning to code changes young lives. Here are just a few of the numbers that weave that narrative of growth, empowerment and accessibility.

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PROGRESS BY NUMBERS

Our impact Data period: June 1 2019 - May 31 2020

Teaching kids Kids reached

Gender 180,000 120,000 60,000

2018

2019

Girls 54.5% Boys 45.5%

2020*

Hours of coding delivered 6000 4000 2000

2018

2019

2020*

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PROGRESS BY NUMBERS

Supporting educators Educators reached 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000

2018

2019

2020*

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PROGRESS BY NUMBERS

Sharing resources Website resource downloads 8000 6000 4000 2000

2018

2019

2020*

Working with communities Events held

Language 3000 French 35.9%

2000

English 64.1%

1000

2018

2019

2020*

Number of communities served 150 100 50

2018

2019

2020*

*As of March 16, 2020 we responded to the government's recommendations for the pandemic and adapted all of our programs to offer them online.

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PROGRESS BY NUMBERS

Our reach BC

NU

Educators: 578 Kids: 12,064

Educators: 2 Kids: 44

QC

Educators: 1470 Kids: 33,913

NL

Educators: 73 Kids: 1700

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MB

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AB

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PE

Educators: 151 Kids: 4083

Educators: 452 Kids: 14,027

Educators: 169 Kids: 3913

Educators: 779 Kids: 19,407

Educators: 6 Kids: 297

Educators: 58 Kids: 1339

NS

Educators: 195 Kids: 5073

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Our programs


OUR PROGRAMS

Comprehensive, hands-on learning in classrooms, communities and homes. Since our inception in 2013, our programs have provided tech training and literacy for over 10,000 educators and over 375,000 youth. We’re proud to say that we’ve increased those numbers every year, but we’re proudest still of the fact that we’ve been able to adapt our programs to meet learners where they are – be it physically, digitally, or in their own learning journey. As we’ve grown and evolved alongside our community’s changing needs, our programs have changed and diversified too, but they’ve always rested on a basic belief that true tech education takes a village. No matter how independently curious and talented a kid might be, they need the support of teachers, parents, tools, classrooms, communities, curriculums and activities to truly flourish. In that spirit, here’s how we empowered and educated that entire ecosystem in order to give our young leaders the greatest shot at growth, fulfilment and success.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH

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Code Create Teach

Helping teachers empower our future tech innovators

Digital literacy thrives in this dual-part workshop program for young people and the educators who teach them. As a first step, we focus on the teachers with Code Create Teach workshops designed to help educators gain the confidence they need

to passionately share their tech skills. Next, we move into schools with our playful Code in Classroom workshops, all created to provide hands-on learning and embed core tech competencies into existing curriculums and activities.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH

Teacher Training {Experimentation for curious educators looking for new learning perspectives.}

Originally launched in partnership with the coding bootcamp Lighthouse Labs, our Code Create Teach workshop was developed with Canadian educators in mind. Our goal: to invest in them, to inspire them to bring innovation into the classroom, and to support them in their efforts to sustain the development of digital literacy among Canadian youth. Using micro:bit computers and accessible programming tools like Scratch, our full-day teacher training sessions provide them with new tools for computational thinking and a firsthand experience of just how interactive and exciting coding can be.

How one teacher unlocked the (not so secret) secrets of coding When a teacher in Alberta signed up for an online Code Create Teach program in the fall of 2019, she had upskilling on her mind. Little did she know, she’d come to love the code learning process along the way. Coding wasn’t a big secret or inaccessible language after all, she realized; it was simply another way of thinking about how she taught her students, how she absorbed new information and how the world around her worked. She completed the workshop having made new connections between concepts and practices she hadn’t imagined before – and she was eager to get back to the digital classroom to share her newfound perspectives.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH

In 2019-20, our Code Create Teach program Trained Canadian educators in:

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ultimately reaching over

71,000 students

We’ve provided

But how did those teachers actually feel once their workshop wrapped up? We asked, here’s what they said:

94%

saw digital literacy as an opportunity to try new ways of teaching & learning

94%

believed digital literacy would help motivate and enrich students learning

91%

5983

Micro:Bits to classrooms across the country to continue their digital skills education

said they would use KCJ activities and projects with their students

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH

Pre-service Training {Supporting all of the forward-thinking teachers in the making}

They say timing is everything, and that holds especially true when you’re talking about education. That’s why we’ve designed a series of workshops meant to connect with educators at a crucial moment in their teaching careers: when they’re just starting out and looking for hands-on experiences to add to their university-level preparation. Aimed at Canadian educators working in grades ranging from kindergarten to grades 12, these new workshops have quickly become an essential component

of our professional development offerings. We held 17 events in 9 universities across 6 provinces. Why are they so popular? Because they not only teach educators to practice and teach code, but provide them with the relevance and context that all budding teachers need to ground their newly learned education theories in compelling, tangible practice. The result: they enter the workforce with a deep understanding of the real-world value of coding as it relates to algorithm literacy, computational thinking, and digital citizenship.

user Pre-service teacher, AB: "I want to thank you for the great information you shared with me today about AI! I have noticed that my colleagues and I, as future teachers, tend to only absorb information that will be immediately useful to us in our classrooms. I felt that this presentation gave me just that! You shared insight into AI and the relationship my students may have with it, and valuable, kid-friendly, resources that I will be able to share with them!"

"I greatly appreciate you spending your time today. Please know that it will go to good use as I teach my future students about the technology in their everyday lives and how they can use it for good!"

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Code in the Classroom {Future-proof computational and creative learning from today until 2030}

Picture this. A classroom filled with excited, distracted students kick off a new workshop with something most of them have never seen before: a tiny micro:bit computer. A minute later it’s in their hands. Ten minutes later, they’re coding their names to appear in lights across the micro:bit’s LED screen. That’s when it clicks. That’s when you hear the joy in their voices — the code worked! As it turns out, focusing on this kind of hands-on, socially and emotionally engaging learning works too.

Introduction micro:bits: the ultimate KCJ tool for life-long learning To have the most impact, the tools we use in our Code in the Classroom workshops need to be both inclusive and imbued with creative potential. For kids learning grade-appropriate block-based coding like Scratch or text-based programming like Python, the pocket-sized micro:bit computer fits the bill perfectly. That’s why, since 2018, KCJ has introduced over 120,000 young people to the pint-sized technology and heard countless teachers talk about how it helps motivate their students. From family gardens to a DIY micro:bit weather station, our community has found countless creative ways of engaging directly in computational thinking, making the technology their own, and having fun at the same time!

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH Beyond aiming to build up the learner’s cognitive and metacognitive skills, our Code in the Classroom workshop seeks to develop five essential skills and competencies.

1. Computational thinking The capacity to solve a problem through logic, assessment, patterns, automation and generalisation.

2. Coding foundations The mastery of the fundamental concepts, techniques and processes associated with all computer programming.

3. Algorithms and digital literacy The vocabulary and context needed to think critically about the impacts of the rules and calculations that guide our code.

4. Classroom integration The tools and frameworks that empower educators to embed coding into their everyday lessons and learning experiences.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT 5. Curricular connections The ability to connect and apply a technology lense to a broader range of academic subjects and learning objectives.

We partnered with Inksmith, a Canadian leader in educational technology to bring their Climate Action Kit to students and educators. Read about it here or here!

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH With those guiding objectives as our North Star, we’re able to build classroom workshops that not only teach students how to code, but strengthens their ability to collaborate, innovate, emotionally relate to their peers, develop a sense of community and belonging, and creatively problem solve.

And if there’s one thing we’ve seen proven time and time again over the years, it’s that those skill sets are incredibly precious and versatile no matter what kind of life, career, or hobbies our learners choose to build for themselves.

user Teacher, Lower Sackville NS:

"Very engaging afternoon. My students enjoyed it and are excited to continue learning about coding throughout the remainder of the year. My students have many different learning styles, so this workshop was a great opportunity to explore their creativity. They left school feeling confident and successful in their learning! Thanks a bunch!"

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE TEACH

In 2019-20, our Code in the Classroom programs reached:

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kids

workshops

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educators

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE PLAY

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Code Create Play

Learning code through nature, arts, sciences and sports

If there’s one thing kids do as naturally as breathing, it’s play. To tap into that, we created our Code Create Play workshops, which foster unexpected catalysts for digital learning by helping kids draw links between their newfound coding skills and their passion for nature, arts, sciences and sports.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE PLAY

From daisy chains to school-wide radio transmissions Every one of our instructors knows that the real learning never ends in the classroom. That’s why they always look for opportunities to send students away with new ideas and playful challenges that help them build connections between the knowledge they’ve gained and the new ideas they want to bring to life. In our experience, that gap between intellectual knowhow and larger implementation is where creativity and critical thinking thrive. So it’s no surprise that when a KCJ instructor challenged a class to "daisy chain" their micro:bits together after they’d just completed a workshop, their students rose to the occasion. Using skills they’d just learned to send messages across their entire school, their sense of accomplishment grew as their words hopped from one machine to another. In one instructor video, you can literally see that excitement land and spread as one student yells “YES!” as his micro:bit finally receives the message. That kind of knowledge-building and enthusiasm isn’t magic or even great technology; it’s what happens when students are given a solid foundation in computational thinking.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE PLAY Throughout our week-long CCP session, kids go from “creative juice” ice-breaker activities to hands-on, drag-and-drop group Scratch projects that teach them the fundamentals of numerical data, variables, if-then statements and other coding essentials. To support continuity and community, kids are also able to progress through multiple workshops with the same group and instructor, allowing for budding collaborations and friendships to quickly bloom – even in recent virtual classrooms! The most vital insight we’re looking to impart through our Code Create Play workshop series is the understanding that kids have the skills, knowledge and power to become technology-drivers, not just passive consumers. This sense of agency, self and place lets them step beyond the classroom and onto the world stage as responsible digital citizens, and serves as a precious reminder that they will soon have the influence and responsibility to shape the technology of the future.

How one student learned he could be a coder (and an athlete) too!

From a very young age, Owen excelled at soccer, street hockey, basketball – you name it. He could tackle almost any physical challenge set out for him. There was only one problem: he’d come to believe that he was great at sports, but not so great at school. But that was going to change. Through a sports-focused Code Create Play workshop, Owen was able to connect, code and problem-solve with other kids who shared his love of physical activity. As he’d excitedly find out, the gameplay and physics of sports have more in common with coding and computational thinking than they’d ever imagined. And that’s how we stimulate curiosity and passion.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE PLAY

In 2019-20, our Code Create Play programs reached:

1072 337 674 kids

in

totalling

workshops hours of coding

That’s a lot of future change-makers!

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE CELEBRATE

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Code Create Celebrate

Making coding accessible through international partnerships.

In our experience, very few languages are as accessible, global and powerful as code. So as a celebration of kids coding around the globe, our Code Create Celebrate program hinges on meaningful international partners that connect our instructors, teachers and students to a

From international collaboration to sending code into space

whole range of different approaches to digital education from across the world stage. As they learn in tandem with their international counterparts, the universality of technology truly stands out, and we’re able to set the stage to leave room for emerging young leaders from all five continents.

Every year, the European Space Agency and Raspberry Pi Foundation partner with KCJ and other coding education organizations on a challenge called Astro Pi. The goal: to use accessible minicomputer components in order to launch a group of young programmers’ code into the cosmos and onto the International Space Station. Curious to know how it pans out? Check out the #CodeInTheStars hashtag to see their amazing results!

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A few of this year’s key international partnerships

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club runs a Code Club. For one of their newsletters they included interviews with participants and volunteers on their experience. Have a look!

CCUNESCO & UNESCO Collaborating on a project to raise awareness on the presence and effects of algorithms on our world, and proposing crucial educational tools and resources for young global citizens.

Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Code Club International

Providing the framework and hardware for hands-on learning and experimentation and supporting their annual challenge called do your :bit to engage kids in the SDGs.

Organizing regular physical and online meetings across 10,000 clubs in over 160 countries all aimed at democratizing access to tech education and literacy through games, animations and websites.

Raspberry Pi Foundation (RPF) Collaborating with the RPF and European Space Agency on the Astro Pi challenge, which launches a group of young programmers’ code into the cosmos and onto the International Space Station.

Code.org Hosting one-hour workshops through Hour of Code with ready-to-play projects designed to help kids feel stimulated and empowered in no time.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CREATE CELEBRATE

In 2019-20, our Code Create Celebrate programs reached:

3185 132

kids and

across

78

educators

workshops

That’s a lot of celebrating!

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CLUB CANADA

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Code Club Canada

Getting whole communities involved in tech literacy across the country

When community members get actively involved in our mission, KCJ thrives beyond all expectations. That’s why we designed our Canadian’s faction of Code Club to be both free and volunteer-led. The concept is simple: every week or month, kids, parents and volunteer instructors across the country come together to learn, build, collaborate and explore the creativity behind coding platforms like Micro:bit, Scratch and Python.

With the social distancing and workplace challenges of Spring 2020, we had to rally our community and reinvision Code Club in order to fill the gap left behind by closed classrooms and cancelled in-person clubs. The result: 10-weekly virtual Code Club sessions led by KCJ instructors in order to connect and support established communities through uncertain times.

New but not-so-quiet library Code Clubs With the support of Ubisoft Canada and Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation, this year marked the beginning of an ambitious campaign to launch more than 200 new Code Clubs in Quebec’s libraries by 2021. If things keep up their pace, we hope to be serving up to 8,000 children ages 8-12 across all 17 of Quebec’s geographic regions.

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OUR PROGRAMS > CODE CLUB CANADA

When corporate volunteering clicks too Always looking to increase our impact and add to our knowledge base, we’ve established corporate volunteer programs meant to integrate the expertise and know-how of our skilled volunteers across our Code Club activities. But let’s be clear – these partnerships aren’t just for the kids. Stats show that organizations with integrated corporate volunteering opportunities see a substantial increase in employee engagement and satisfaction. In fact, according to Deloitte, over 70% of employees say that company-sponsored volunteering is essential to creating a positive workplace environment while boosting their wellbeing, morale and sense of purpose.

In 2019-20, our Code Club program reached:

34,816 kids across

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Code Clubs That’s a big step towards accessibility!

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IBM staff builds community by coding with their kids Earlier this year, IBM Canada staff joined us in creating a virtual Code Club for their kids aged 7-17 years old. Over the course of six weeks in May and June, the numbers started stacking up.

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of IBM parents were satisfied with the sessions, and are interested in their kids participating another IBM x KCJ online event

Code Club sessions were held

user IBM volunteer Spurthi Kommajosula, Toronto ON

I’ve really cherished the experience of creating a community that enabled us to shine light on the importance of digital skills education. The enthusiasm from the volunteers and the students was really inspiring and infectious.

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The Algorithm Literacy Project


THE ALGORITHM LITERACY PROJECT

Making sense of the artificial intelligence and algorithms that shape our lives. Here’s a technology reality check: if you’re a fifth grade student in 2020, every day of your young life has been shaped by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the algorithms that govern it. The fact is, the identity of today’s digital citizens and tomorrow’s decision-makers is inextricably linked to the data they produce – which is why it’s essential that they develop the critical-thinking skills and algorithm literacy they’ll need to protect and leverage that data intelligently. That can’t happen without a digital education that includes the responsible use of technology. That’s why, in early March 2020, KCJ partnered with the Canadian Commission of UNESCO (CCUNESCO) to launch the Algorithm Literacy Project. The goal: to educate kids, educators and caregivers about all things algorithms; what they are, how they work, the ways in which algorithms influence worldviews, behaviours and choices, and the various ways in which they unevenly affect people in different parts of the world.

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THE ALGORITHM LITERACY PROJECT

Bringing the Algorithm Literacy Project to those who need it most Despite the COVID-19 economic slowdown, we’ve secured funding this year to spread our Algorithm Literacy Project directly to the kids, caregivers and educators who need to see it most. Here are just a few of the tools we’ve already developed with the funding and community support.

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THE ALGORITHM LITERACY PROJECT

arrow-right Two downloadable guides for educators and parents looking to understand algorithms arrow-right A helpful guide on how to discuss algorithm literacy with children arrow-right Educational activities and interactive digital workshopsthat let kids, parents, and educators see how algorithms really work

Through these tools and a whole slew of other KCJ brainstorm ideas, we’re on a mission to #GetAlgoLit trending, empower tech consumers and change the way people interact with digital products and platforms.

“Understanding what happens behind the screen is part of being responsible digital citizens.” - Sébastien Goupil, Secretary-General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

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#kids2030


#KIDS2030

Supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through an ambitious digital education strategy As an organization, we always welcome the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves – and if a global mission to provide equitable access to high-quality education isn’t big, we don’t know what is. Last April, we launched #kids2030, a decade-long strategy that harmonizes all our initiatives in AI, coding and digital citizenship with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for equitable high-quality education. Much to our surprise, what may have initially felt like a lofty, idealistic goal has since become a guiding force for our entire organization. The SDGs are a framework for all countries, organizations, and citizens to track the important environmental and social issues which need addressing. This framework has been designed to include impact measures which makes it an even more powerful tool to align with.

In the past year, we’ve also expanded our roster of AI workshops, we’ve launched powerful digital citizenship campaigns like the Algorithm Literacy Project, and we’ve increased the amount of SDGdriven content we integrate into our core curriculum and workshops. In an era defined by uncertainty and cynicism, #kids2030 keeps us motivated, it allows us to look ahead towards a hopeful future while keeping us firmly planted in our present day mission and giving us the agility to keep rolling with its inevitable punches. It also helps us remember that depending on our luck, privilege and opportunities, instability and uncertainty affect us all very differently.

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#KIDS2030

A crucial moment for global education When the COVID-19 pandemic closed down schools across the globe, 91% of the world’s students were affected, and 1.6 billion children and youth were left without the education and stability provided by those classrooms – especially for vulnerable and marginalized students with little access to additional resources. That got us thinking: how we could take our #kids2030 initiative even further? How could we extend our reach and engage even more kids in digital education than ever before?

In October 2020, we’re launching our answer to that question: the first of 10 annual #kids2030 challenges. These challenges will encourage kids — and the supportive grown-ups around them — to get hands-on with 17 SDG-focused themes. Our first project uses data collection, analysis and visualization to address the Goal #12 of responsible consumption and production by highlighting real-life examples of plastic consumption and reduction. By actively engaging in these coding projects, kids will also learn about local and global movements to reduce plastic usage both individually, and collectively. If knowledge is power, we’re going to do our part to make sure our learners have the confidence to understand their power to change the world.

Today’s kids, today’s leaders

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A year in review: Highlights


A YEAR IN REVIEW: HIGHLIGHTS

How KCJ made a splash on the national and international stage Throughout the year, we’ve been honoured with countless invitations to speak and present as thought leaders at important community and industry events. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the conferences organizers that reached out to us and invested their precious blood, sweat and tears into creating encouraging and welcoming spaces where we could share our knowledge and participate in enlightening conversations about the future of education.

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A YEAR IN REVIEW: HIGHLIGHTS

Our public presentations

AI For Good

Videogames PEI

At this UN-sponsored conference in Switzerland, we spoke about the critical role of AI education in future-proofing our workforce.

At this industry conference, we talked about the importance of equipping kids with the digital skills and knowledge to cocreate technology, as opposed to passively consuming it.

Canadian University Software Engineering Conference

Science and Technology Awareness Network

We spoke to a group of talented software engineering students from across the country about our work empowering young people with AI education.

In our keynote address at this future-facing conference, we charted KCJ's journey from a spark of curiosity to today’s nation-wide transferring of tech knowledge to kids and educators.

Scratch Africa Conference We spoke about our workshops in northern Canada using Scratch and Micro:Bits. You may have also spotted us at... Together/Ensemble

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We joined a four-person bilingual panel exploring how to integrate the UN’s SDGs into K-12 education.

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Dawson College’s Humanities in Public Life Conference University of Toronto, Fields Institute MathED Forum The Ontario Association for Computer Studies Education (ACSE) Conference The Ontario Association for Mathematics Educators (OAME) Conference

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A YEAR IN REVIEW: HIGHLIGHTS

Our awards This year, we’re proud to say that our CEO Kate Arthur received two major awards.

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VISA Innovation Leader/Entrepreneur of the Year at the 5th Annual Canadian FinTech & AI Awards, celebrating Canadian financial innovation.

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Empowerment Leader of the Year Award at the WCT Annual Leadership Excellence Awards, dedicated to advancing women in digital careers in Canada.

“This is the first generation ever to be born into a world surrounded by AI. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that kids are skilled with the tools to create and communicate in this world. So, please make sure that you are creating that space for our children to be the leaders that we need for our future.” -Kate Arthur, CEO, KCJ

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Educational development


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Collaboration, fun ideas, and hard work: the perfect recipe for innovative education. With a new workflow for our long-standing and dedicated team, our Education Development department began the 2019 - 2020 year by building a collaborative new research and development (R&D) process. It helped the team roll out a full lineup of workshops for the year and set KCJ on a path for sustainable educational innovation across all our programs and themes.

Highlights from the year Development

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Created educational materials and modules for our nationwide Code Create Celebrate, Code Create Play, and Code Create Teach programs.

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Developed new, innovative materials focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI), one of the first offerings of its kind in Canada, with support from MILA and Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI).

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Developed a card game to teach the concept of ‘computer vision’ and a series of digital citizenship activities.

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EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Innovation

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Added some well-designed third party AI tools to our repertoire and began building our own in-house Natural Language AI teaching tool (a first of its kind; coming soon)

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Further integrated coding and computational thinking applications into a wider variety of subjects, including physical computing, art and storytelling, math and numeracy, geography and history, science, and sports and recreation.

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Continued incorporating educational research into KCJ’s pedagogical approach, like SenseMaking and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), to ensure our teaching approach is accessible for many types of learners.

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Bursting with appreciation


BURSTING WITH APPRECIATION

Thank you for believing in the power of digital education!

Well, it’s been quite the year, and we couldn’t have done any of it alone. On behalf of the ever-growing Kids Code Jeunesse team, we want to extend a massive thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters and ambassadors. You’re what allows us to dream big, to extend our reach to new communities in need, to adapt nimbly to the world’s changing wants and challenges, and to look ahead to another pivotal decade of tech empowerment and education. To all the kids, teachers, partners and parents who joined our countless workshops and initiatives: thank you for taking the leap with us, for exploring new ways of learning and teaching, for stepping out of your comfort zones in the name of better global citizenship. We may have been at this since 2013, but we’re just getting started – and we can’t wait to share the journey with all of you at our side.

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Meet our board


MEET OUR BOARD

A support system like no other. Kids Code Jeunesse is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, who is responsible for making sure that we use our resources well to achieve our charitable goals. The Board oversees the organization’s accountability, risk management and financial functions that include our annual audit and governance model.

The role of the Board Directors, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are detailed below. Each Board of Director is also responsible for chairing or representing the Board on a KCJ Committee. The committees include risk management, fundraising, and strategy. These committees meet throughout the year and report on their progress at Board of Directors meetings.

The Breakdown of the Board AUTHORITY The Board of Directors is the legal authority for KCJ. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for effective governance of the organization. ACCOUNTABILITY The Board of Directors is collectively accountable to the members, community, funders and other stakeholders. They are accountable for KCJ’s performance in relation to its mission and strategic objectives, and for the effective stewardship of resources. The performance of the Board of Directors collectively will be evaluated annually based on established criteria from a board self-assessment tool. The self-assessment tool is shared at the last board meeting before each Summer. TERM OF OFFICE Directors are elected by ordinary resolution at the Annual General Meeting. Directors serve for a one-year term. At the end of the elected term, a director shall be eligible for re-election. Directors may be released at the end of the elected term, by resigning, or according to the organization’s bylaws.

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MEET OUR BOARD

REQUIREMENTS Requirements of the Board Membership include: • • •

• • • •

Commitment and passion for the work Willingness to listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests and alternatives, and be open to compromise Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: policy, finance, fund development, human resources, organizational development, or sector and community connection Commitment of time for preparation for and participation in Board meetings, as well representing KCJ at special events and in the community Support of KCJ in participation and promotion of fundraising events Willingness to contribute to the work of the Board as a member on a board committee or through contribution to other aspects of the work of the organization Adhere to the full participation and understanding of the organizations commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion

KCJ Committees Risk Management & Financial Committee responsibilities: • KCJ’s financial statements and related information • Charity compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements • Assessing and reporting on the gaps and or effectiveness of internal controls and reporting on risk management • Responsible for Risk Management policy and Risk Register Fundraising Committee responsibilities: • Support a fundraising plan that incorporates a series of appropriate tactics • Monitor efforts for fundraising, securing grants/sponsorships and stewardship • Review and make recommendations to the business development strategy Strategy Committee responsibilities • Review the business strategy and the department strategy on a regular basis • Responsible for reviewing and recommendations to the existing strategic plan • Monitor the implementation of the plan and report on its progress • Help ensure a consistency between the budget/financials and the organization’s plans

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MEET OUR BOARD

Board Directors

Our Board will soon welcome new members - you’ll be able to view the updated list of our Board Directors on our website.

Mahalia Verna President, Chair of Fundraising Committee

Don Melville Director, member of Strategy Committee

Frances Arthur Secretary, member of Risk Management Commitee

Angelo Gallo Treasurer, Chair of Risk Management Committee

Noah Redler Director, Chair of Strategy Committee

*KCJ’s Board of Directors is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and strives to be representative of all the communities the organization serves. This includes Indigenous communities, Black communities, communities of colour, French speaking communities, women and girls, individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, and individuals living with exceptionalities.

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Financial summary


FINANCIAL SUMMARY > TREASURER'S LETTER / BALANCE SHEET

Treasurer's Letter The summary financial information presented here is derived from the Kids Code Jeunesse audited financial statements for the year ended May 31st, 2019.

Balance Sheet

Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ), a notfor-profit organization, became a registered charity during the current fiscal year ending May 31st, 2020. As part of this change in legal status, KCJ leadership and the Board of Directors introduced new committees to support strategic growth, fundraising, robust risk management and financial oversight.

ASSETS

As Head of the Risk Management and Finance Committee our mandate is to oversee the integrity of: • •

KCJ’s financial statements and related information Charity compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements Assessing and reporting on the gaps and/or effectiveness of internal controls and reporting on risk management

AS AT MAY 31, 2020

CURRENT ASSETS Cash Accounts receivable Grants receivable

2020

$

PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT

1,716,024 84,509 416,340

2019

$

325,216 334,756 650,665

2,216,873

1,310,637

115,661

109,987

$

2,332,534

$

1,420,624

$

281,223 406,374

$

272,626 41,977

LIABILITIES CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable Deferred grants

687,597

314,603

1,644,937

1,106,021

NET ASSETS UNRESTRICTED $

2,332,534

$

1,420,624

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY > TREASURER'S LETTER / INCOME STATEMENT This was largely due to the continued and increased support of the Federal Government of Canada’s CanCode program, as well as increased support from corporate supporters. This increased funding enabled KCJ to continue to provide many services for free, including introductory digital skills workshops that were held both in-person and online for students across the country. The online services model became ever so important as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all inperson services in March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic created uncertainty across the charitable sector and KCJ worked hard to maintain stable services throughout this period. With this pandemic hitting close to the end of KCJ’s fiscal year, KCJ stayed in control of costs and committed deliverables. KCJ ended the year in a financially healthy position with $1.7M in cash. We know there are many challenges ahead with uncertainty around COVID-19 and the end of the pandemic. However, we believe that these challenges can be managed through continued control of costs and continued efforts to diversify funding, as well as, successful development of new programs.

Income Statement 2020

INCOME Grants from government Donations from coporations Donations from individuals Program Service Fees

$

5,064,110 512,111 18,618 61,504

2019

$

3,652,643 251,142 21,364 71,353

5,656,343

3,996,502

3,325,472 514,026 807,165 124,870 47,580 28,311 14,023 8,507 5,756 126,752 8,864 59,666 4,737 41,698 -

2,126,668 949,507 212,647 69,040 66,508 14,674 7,218 2,365 1,869 139,391 6,436 34,450 6,306 47,138 7,217 (206,733)

5,117,427

3,484,701

538,916

511,801

1,106,021

594,220

OPERATING EXPENSES Salaries and fringe benefits Subcontractors Purchases Rent Office expenses Fundraising fees Web development Conferences and meetings Membership and dues Travel expenses Telecommunications Professional fees Interest and bank charges Amortization of capital assets Bad debts Sales tax recovery

EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPENSES NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR

$

1,644,937

$

1,106,021

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY > TREASURER'S LETTER / FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS The increase was aligned with the increase in revenues and project spend. KCJ’s main shift was towards increased permanent positions and salaries, instead of subcontracting. In addition, KCJ provided additional benefits to our new and existing employees. And finally, KCJ increased spending on equipment distributed to classrooms and teachers, as well as, provided additional office space for a growing team. Collectively they contributed to the overall

expenditure increase. As I look toward next year, I believe that KCJ is financially sound and well positioned to continue working towards its mission. We understand the importance of prudent financial management, transparency, and accountability. Proper stewardship of your support ensures longevity of our financial health. This will ultimately lead to positively

impacting the lives of kids as they become today’s leaders. For your support, we are extremely grateful. Angelo Gallo Treasurer, Chair of Risk Management Committee

Financial Highlights We are very grateful to the wonderful support of our donors, sponsors and other partners. We are happy to report we raised over $5.7 million, which enabled us to grow and continue to provide unique and meaningful educational experiences to Canadians. This included an additional $1.7 million raised, compared to the prior year ($4 million), which allows us to look towards building a reserve fund in the next year.

This was a year of growth, with further investment in our team, the quality of the services we provide, and in our communities. The future's looking bright thanks to all of those who contribute to our work and we look forward to building sustainability for both our organization and all our stakeholders. For a complete picture, please see our Financial Statements here. REVENUE Government grants 89% Corporate donations 9% Individual donations 0.3% Program service fees 1%

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12 Our support system


OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM

It’s our incredible ecosystem of support that helps us foster confidence and knowledge in the inquisitive minds that will shape countless lives. From individual donors, to sponsors, to educational institutions, you’re shaping the foundation to spark innovation in the minds of many generations to come. It is because of your support that our community is thriving.

Accenture Canada Council for the Arts Canadian Internet Registration Authority CCUNESCO

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada IBM Microsoft Canada and US Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation, Gouvernement du Québec

Discovery Foundation DRW

RBC Future Launch

Eidos

SAP

Electronic Arts

Skills PEI

Google Canada

SSENSE

Government of Canada

UBISOFT

Employment and Social Development Canada Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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