Our call for action: Let's end illiteracy in Canada!

The Excellence in Literacy Foundation empowers its
students to realize their full potential through
its unique literacy and mentoring programs.

We ENVISION an end to illiteracy


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The ELF's parent charity' Sage Youth - Jeunesse Sage' was launched in 1992 as a community program by two young people just out of their teens. They knew they wanted to "serve" but didn't know specifically how. They collected items for book and toy lending libraries and started a drop-in homework club in a low-income housing area. After a few weeks they noticed that none of the children attending could read or write even remotely close to grade level. In 1993' Sage Youth became a literacy program' and a non-profit corporation. Thousands of children and youth from low-income' newcomer' homeless' and refugee communities' as well as young people with exceptionalities' have been served by this local' Ottawa program.

After several successful years' community organizations from across the country began to ask Sage Youth to share its expertise. The Excellence in Literacy Foundation was created to do just that. The ELF team created a series of workbooks to fill critical gaps in literacy skills; develop potential in leadership and employability; and enhance financial literacy. These workbooks and training sessions based on the Sage Youth model have been disseminated to hundreds of community organizations across Canada. Some partners also receive micro-funding.

The ELF became an independent organization in 2005. Sage Youth sadly recently closed' but "Sage Youth Programs" joined the ELF and those activities are now continuing under the ELF banner.

Combined' Sage Youth and the ELF have served over 70' 000 marginalized children and youth.

Please consider becoming a volunteer at one of these program sites:

  • a shelter for homeless' refugee children
  • a high school for youth with learning exceptionalities

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  to see in the world"

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