STL outfits Belka bus with 10 laptops for youth in the Jane-Finch Neighborhood of Toronto, ON
November 14, 2009
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Belka Enrichment Center is a non-profit educational agency providing after school programs dedicated to raising academic achievement levels for low-income and at-risk children in inner city areas and to encouraging them to become active, involved members of society.

Belka began it's pilot program in the Jane-Finch Neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This neighborhood, one of the most dangerous and crime-ridden areas of the province, desperately needed a safe haven in which children grades K-8 could obtain homework assistance, mentoring, friendship, and above all, protection from the dangers and negative influences they encounter in their daily lives. All services are usually free or with an affordable registration fee.

The bus was donated to Belka by the Toronto Transit Commissions (TTC) in 2006. This unique project services youth in the communities of Jane/Finch, Jane/Sheppard, Finch/Weston, Finch/Keele/Centennial and Keele/Sheppard. The bus provides students in the community with the opportunity to complete their homework and projects. The bus is stationed at centers where homework clubs are offered.

Belka works in collaboration with other groups in the community and neighbouring centers. The Mobile Computer Lab is parked at the various centers when the students are present.

Laptops for this project were generously donated by Telus Canada.
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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Dennis Keshinro (Belka Enrichment Centre)


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Dennis Keshinro (Belka Enrichment Centre), Lara Tavares (Founder & CEO, STL)


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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Dennis Keshinro (Belka Enrichment Centre), Rema Tavares (Operations Manager, STL)


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Belka Enrichment Centre bus


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Jennifer Kirner (Community Investment Manager, Community Investment and Engagement, TELUS), Rema Tavares (Operations Manager, STL)