The Play Exchange

The Play Exchange

CONGRATULATIONS EARLY ENTRY WINNERS

Trottibus, COMPASS: Shaping Youth Health, and Forest and the Femme Society each receive $1,000 to put their ideas into action.

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2/22/2014

Challenge Launch

4/9/2014

Early deadline for Ideas

6/18/2014

Deadline for Ideas

9/2014

Finalists Announced

1/2015

Voting

1/2015

Winners Announced

Welcome Letter

Throughout Canada, citizens like you are sparking new and creative ideas that empower people to make healthy choices and address major health concerns.

Enter your idea to make Canadians healthier and more active, and you could receive up to $1 million from the Government of Canada to put your idea into action! The top six finalists will be featured in a CBC television special.

Did you know that one-third of all Canadian children are overweight or obese, and only 4.4 percent of children get the recommended amount of physical activity? Also, three in five Canadians over the age of 20 suffer from a chronic disease. Physical inactivity and unhealthy eating are putting Canadians at risk of developing serious chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, some cancers, and hypertension. It’s time to change these numbers!

The Play Exchange wants to hear from all Canadians, including schools, students, families, not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, and businesses. From coast to coast to coast, in large communities and small, we want to hear your brilliant, innovative ideas to make Canada healthier.

Enter The Play Exchange and join a community of Canadians that are promoting active living across the country. Your solution could include increasing physical activity, inspiring children to eat well and be more active, or motivating families to participate in healthier activities. New ideas and established programs are equally welcome.

You could be one of six finalists who will each receive mentoring and support from LIFT Philanthropy Partners, valued at $30,000, to develop a strategic business plan for your idea. The finalists will receive national visibility in a CBC television special. All Canadians can vote for their favourite innovation, and the top entrant that is selected by a panel of judges will be eligible for up to $1 million from the Government of Canada to put their winning idea into action.

Your voice could launch a transformation—a future where good health, longevity, and a high quality of life are within reach for all Canadians. Join The Play Exchange and make a difference in the lives of Canadians!

The Play Exchange is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada and supported by Canadian Tire, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and LIFT Philanthropy Partners.

Guidelines and Criteria

Eligibility

  • The challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and partnerships (not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, businesses, schools, students and families) that are implementing, or plan to implement, the work described in their entry in Canada.
  • Entrants based outside of Canada must be explicit in their entry about their plan to implement their solution in Canada.
  • Solutions should reflect the theme of the challenge — The Play Exchange. We want to hear how your solution is encouraging active living in Canada by positively influencing people’s behaviour. This could include increasing physical activity, inspiring children to eat well and be more active, or motivating families to participate in activities that prevent chronic diseases.
    • Common modifiable risk factors of chronic diseases include physical inactivity, unhealthy eating,  and tobacco use.
    • Chronic diseases include cancer, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
    • Play is essential to the health and well-being of children; promotes development of creativity, imagination, self-confidence and self-efficacy, as well as physical, social, cognitive, and emotional strength and skills.
  • Entries must be written in English or French.
  • Entries from schools that help children achieve at least one hour of physical activity each day will be automatically entered in The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge.

Investments

  • Top Innovation: The top innovation will be eligible for an investment of up to $1-million from the Government of Canada to support the implementation of the solution proposed in their entry. The top innovation will be selected by a combination of public voting and a panel of judges.
  • Finalists: Six challenge finalists will each receive mentorship and support from LIFT Philanthropy Partners, valued at $30,000, to develop a cohesive and impactful business plan for the solution proposed in their entry. The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges.
  • Media Profile: The six challenge finalists will each receive national media exposure profiling their innovation.
  • Early Entry Investments: The top three entries submitted before 5 p.m. EST on April 9, 2014 will each receive a $1,000-investment from LIFT Philanthropy Partners to support the implementation of their proposed solution.
  • The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge: The top entry from a school in each province and territory that helps children achieve one hour of physical activity every day will receive $3,000 to implement the idea in the school.

Why You Should Enter

  • You could receive a portion of more than $1 million in investments to build a business plan to implement your amazing idea or project encouraging active living.
  • You could receive mentorship and support from LIFT Philanthropy Partners to develop a business plan to improve the implementation and sustainability of your innovation.
  • If your entry is from a school, you could receive $3,000 from The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge to implement the idea in your school.
  • You could receive Canada-wide media exposure for your work.
  • You will connect with a Canadian community of problem-solvers who are promoting active living. Participating in the challenge gives you the opportunity to forge relationships with and gain visibility amongst like-minded innovators, impact partners, sector experts and potential investors.
  • Entrants that apply before the early entry deadline can explore and review the work of their peers ahead of the final entry deadline. Participants will also receive feedback on their own work, which they can use to refine their entries.

How to Enter

  • Complete the entry form and submit it by the entry deadline: June 18, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST. You may continue to edit and modify your entry up until this deadline.
  • Please note: Entries from schools that help children achieve one hour of physical activity daily will be automatically entered into The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge.
  • For advice about how to create a better entry and boost your chances of winning, read these tips.
  • If you have any questions about the entry process or experience any problems when entering the challenge, please contact lmarino@ashoka.org.

Criteria

Finalists for The Play Exchange will be those that best meet the following criteria:

Innovation

The best entries will be those that present a uniquely effective approach to promoting active living in Canada. Entries should describe how their solutions are driven by original, ground-breaking ideas. Innovation does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new, and may include:

  • Ideas, strategies or partnerships with an ability to replicate and sustain their activities;
  • Established projects, which are applied in a new way to reach more people;
  • Inventive, effective service delivery strategies; or
  • Inventive ways to target specific populations, such as families, new immigrants, Aboriginal communities, people with disabilities, remote communities and others.

Social Impact

Entries must describe how they are promoting healthy living or preventing chronic diseases among Canadians. The best solutions will feature demonstrated impact, as well as the potential to grow the impact on a regional or national scale. Entries should explain how the solution measures impact through both quantitative and qualitative data.

Sustainability

Entries should have a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing. They should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance it in the future. They should also have a realistic time frame for implementation. The most successful entrants demonstrate they have strong partnerships to address ongoing needs, support growth, and maintain a clear financial strategy.

Finalists for The Play Exchange’s Active at Schools Challenge will be those that best meet the above criteria and help children achieve at least one hour of physical activity each day.

Challenge Deadlines

  • Entry Stage: February 22, 2014 - June 18, 2014, 5 p.m. EST
  • Early Entry Deadline: April 9, 2014
    • Entries received by 5 p.m. EST on April 9, 2014 are eligible for an early entry investment. Receiving an early entry investment does not preclude you from being selected as a finalist, nor does it guarantee finalist status. All entries will be evaluated equally at the completion of the entry period using the criteria listed above.
    • Entrants submitted by the early entry deadline will receive feedback, which can be incorporated into the entry form ahead of the final entry deadline.
  • Entry Deadline: June 18, 2014, 5 p.m. EST
  • Judging and Evaluation: June 18, 2014 - August 18, 2014
  • Finalists Announced: September 2014 (specific date to be confirmed)
  • The Play Exchange’s Active at Schools Challenge Winners Announced: September 2014 (specific date to be confirmed)
  • Finalist Business Planning: September  - December 2014
  • Online Public Voting: January 2015 (specific dates to be confirmed)
  • Winners Announced: January 2015 (specific date to be confirmed)

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Blog

7/16/2014

 

Ashoka Fellow Stephen Leafloor is creating young leaders among First Nations and Inuit communities affected by issues such as sexual abuse, suicide, depression, family violence and school desertion. Using a blend of hip-hop dance and music and traditional Inuit performance arts as a hook, he guides youth and other community members to create comprehensive networks of support and solutions to these mental health crises.

7/8/2014

 

When everyone plays, everyone wins where healthy lifestyles are concerned. If we want our children to be active, there’s no room on the bench.

7/1/2014

 

Sports like dodgeball, track, soccer, and basketball and intermittent fitness tests have been the norm for physical education classes.