ABOUT THE GO PROJECT

THE GO PROJECT

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Vision

Vision

Faith-filled generations that transform communities

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Mission

Mission

Creating welcoming programs for children, youth and leaders that support spiritual development, community building and opportunities to put faith and love into action

Year-round opportunities for you to change the world.

Our programs are designed for children and youth to give back to their community in meaningful ways. Whether you want to volunteer with a neighbouring organization, learn about the systemic causes of injustice and marginalization within our Canadian communities, or learn about tools and resources to create real change in your community, this program is for you! 

In a world of conservative theology, questionable mission trips, and dwindling young people in church, we offer a solution to you: a theologically progressive mission trip in your own backyard for you to feel at home in the church. 

Summer Programming:

– Children’s Adventure Day Camp

– Youth Overnight Mission Camp

September – June Programming (GO Your Own Way):

– PA Day Camps

– Weekend Retreats

– Cluster Youth Groups

– ANNOUNCING: Sunday School Curriculum! Coming September 2020

We believe that…

Young people have the gifts, knowledge, insights and drive to transform their communities and the world.

Inclusion, justice-seeking and community building are at the core of our identity as Christians and is what propels us unto action in our lives.

Through an intentional cycle of reflection and action youth can discern, strengthen and live out their values.

This process requires a brave environment, individual reflection, diversity of thought and perspective that challenges existing perceptions

Diversity Statement

We at GO believe our mission is to create open programs and spaces for young people to learn how to put faith and love into action in the world. It is also our duty, then, to put that faith and love into action within our own organization. In order to teach hospitality and abundant love, we need to embody it ourselves. This means being intentionally and actively anti-racist in everything that we do. 

Read our Origin Story

Our Story...

In 2007, the youth group of Islington United Church and their minister, Michael Shewburg, began planning for a mission trip overseas. Like many other young people, they sought an experience which would allow them to create change, grow together in faith, and learn more about the world around them.

Finding a partner organization whose values and understanding of theology matched with theirs proved to be difficult, however. Coupled with a growing awareness of the many areas of need in their own community, they decided to create their own service and learning experience in Toronto, and The GO Project was born.

In the 13 years since, The GO Project has facilitated youth programs in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Stratford, Montréal, Halifax, St. John’s, and of course, at Islington United Church in Toronto. 2014 saw the introduction of our Children’s Adventure Camps, which are less intensive than the youth programs, but also strive to help participants recognize how they can create change in the world using their unique gifts and abilities, all while living in community and serving as God’s hands and feet in the world. As of 2019, these week-long day camps have been hosted by faith communities in over twenty-five cities and towns across Canada.

All GO Project programs are safe and affirming spaces for participants, staff, and community members who identify as LGBTQ+, are of racial or cultural minorities, are questioning their faith, longing for a place to belong, and are of all physical and intellectual abilities.

We still call Islington United Church home and have two year-round staff who work in our office; Alana Martin, who serves as Minister to The GO Project, and Bailey Fleming, who serves as Program Director. The GO Project relies on the leadership and gifts of other staff and volunteers within the whole church community to help us offer inspiring, engaging, and meaningful programming.

Children’s Adventure Camps

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Youth Programs

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Go Your Own Way

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in working with GO please see our employment opportunity page for current postings.

FAQ

Testimonial: Victoria

“When I was a youth, GO Project opened my eyes more to the world, provided me with exciting adventures, and allowed me to make incredible connections to wonderful people.” – Victoria, former participant and GO Project staff

Testimonial: Amy

“GO has taught me to be open to the transformations that come from every step along my journey and to be grateful for the challenges, learning opportunities and people that have pushed me to grow into my own grace.” – Amy, former GO Project staff

Testimonial: Katie

“The program reignited my interest in the United Church and gave me a community where I was free to be 100% me.” – Katie, former GO Project staff

Testimonial: Jay

“I was able to observe how through the principles of God, we can care for one another and also the environment.” – Jay, former GO Project staff

Testimonial: Clare

“The GO Project is not only a community where I am inspired to be better, GO actively fosters a space for me and everyone involved to grow into our best selves.” – Clare, former participant and current GO Project staff

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