The season of giving back

The season for giving is upon us and we feel that helping at-risk youth is incredibly important. We love shopping with socially conscious companies. 

Since 2008, Virgin Mobile has been helping support at-risk and homeless Canadian youth through Virgin Mobile RE*Generation. Funding from this program has been used to train more than 352 at-risk youth and so far 215 of these youth have been hired into full-time jobs.

The truth is though, at-risk youth face more than just a skills or experience gap. Many don’t have access to Internet to apply for jobs online, transportation to get them to and from interviews, or even the right clothing to look the part. Not being connected to these resources can jeopardize the graduation from these programs. About 70- 80% of at-risk youth who are in Virgin Mobile’s job skills training programs complete their programs, but Virgin Mobile is set on making this 100% with a couple new initiatives that we’re really excited about!

Virgin Mobile launched Home Internet in Ontario this past summer, and recently announced the expansion of their service to Quebec. This holiday season, Virgin Mobile is giving Members and Canadians the opportunity to do some good with Home Internet.  When you sign up for Home Internet, $10 will be donated to Virgin Mobile RE*Generation to support youth participating in a community-based employment program in Ontario and Quebec. Signing up is easy, learn more about it here. Virgin CEO and founder Sir Richard Branson even came to Toronto this past week and spoke about his experiences growing up and overcoming obstacles.

The giving doesn’t end there! Now available at a Virgin Mobile store near you, is their Goody Box. It’s a box of mobile phone accessories that make a great stocking stuffer for the tech lovers in your life. You get a slick 4000 mAh Power Bank to keep your phone juiced, wall charger, and ear buds to keep the music flowing. 5$ from your Goody Box purchase also get’s donated to Virgin Mobile REGEN! 

So what are you waiting for? Do some good.

About author

Chief Editor & Founder of Live in Limbo. Host & Producer of the Capsule Podcast. Sean is an award-winning photographer and Nikon Professional Services member. His work has appeared on the CBC, Pitchfork, and MUCH. He is an Academy Delegate at the JUNOs (CARAS) and has been involved in the Toronto music scene since 2005. He is also an endurance and CrossFit athlete. You should follow him on Twitter @SeanChin.