• Programs


    At Fifty for Free Youth Community Initiative,
    we are dedicated to empowering youth by providing them with essential financial literacy education, life skills and basketball training.

    Our engaging summer and March break camps, along with our interactive workshops, offer valuable learning experiences that equip young people for future success.

    Explore our programs to discover more about what we offer, support our mission, or register your child for an enriching and transformative experience today!

$21,000 Average debt per Canadian (excluding mortgage debt) 295,030 Ontario families with children living in poverty 35,330 Children in Nova Scotia living in poverty $21,000 Average debt per Canadian (excluding mortgage debt) 295,030 Ontario families with children living in poverty 35,330 Children in Nova Scotia living in poverty

Our Programs

Fifty for Free provides a variety of free programs year-round in both Toronto, Ontario, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. These programs enable youth to enhance their basketball skills while acquiring invaluable financial literacy knowledge.


Our girls-only and coed programs help youth develop their basketball skills and learn the training requirements needed to advance to the next level. Youth also gain critical skills in budgeting, debt management and holistic nutrition.

March Break Programs

Our March Break program offers youth with the perfect opportunity to build confidence, teamwork skills and resilience through basketball. Additionally, they’ll acquire the money smarts they need for a financially savvy future.


Our workshops provide personalized learning experiences covering a range of topics including financial literacy, physical & mental health, entrepreneurship, career navigation skills and social media management.

Explore Programs in your City

Fifty for Free is proud to offer our programs in both Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Click on the buttons below to learn more about the specific programs available in your city!


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Program Directors

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Vanessa Smithers

Halifax Program Director

Vanessa Smithers is a career coach, writer and youth engagement specialist from Truro, Nova Scotia.

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Andre Harriott

Toronto Program Director

Andre Harriott is a Toronto-based educator, guidance counsellor, writer and emerging filmmaker.


  • “I met so many new people and learned how to stay calm and collected on the basketball court.”

    – Chanel

  • “My favourite educational workshop was with Colter Simmonds. He gave us many life lessons and took time out of his schedule to speak with us.”

    – Tajari

  • “During my time with FFF I improved my shooting. Coach Makeba came in early to help me get better.”

    – Gurleen

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for these programs?

All Fifty for Free programs are free of charge to youth and their families!

How long does each program last?

Our summer programs last 4 to 6 weeks, our March Break program lasts one week and our school year programs can range from a single session to 8 weeks.

How many days per week is each program?

We offer a variety of programs for youth. Our summer programs operate 5 days a week, from Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays, while our school year programs typically run twice a week.

What are the age requirements to participate in the programs?

Youth must be between the ages of 13 and 19.

What cities and provinces are programs located?

Right now, programs are available in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, however, we’ll be expanding to other locations across Canada.

Join Us in Empowering Futures!

Are you fueled by the drive to empower marginalized communities and bridge the wealth gap through the power of financial literacy? We’re looking for passionate individuals like you to join our mission!