What is the 360°Experience
The Experience is an engaging fundraising event that not only raises vital funds for our exceptional programs and services, but also sheds light on the pressing issue of youth homelessness.
On one of the coldest nights of winter, a passionate group of individuals, gather to immerse themselves in an eye-opening experience, gaining firsthand knowledge of the harsh realities faced by homeless youth. Together, we can make a difference and bring attention to this important cause.
Ready to Participate in the upcoming 360°Experience, Thursday February 29th?
Want to learn more? Below we have put together a summary of the ways to participate, testimonials and FAQs about the event.
One event, THREE ways to participate.
1. The In-Person Experience
Participating alone or with a partner – For one night, we invite you to take part in an eye-opening experience. Explore the streets across the GTA, with a new perspective and gain a deep understanding of the harsh realities that young individuals endure on a daily basis. Throughout the night, you will be paired with a partner, allowing you to forge new connections and collectively make a meaningful impact on the lives of homeless and vulnerable youth in York Region.Read Learn
2. The Corporate Challenge
Participating as a team – Empower your organization to make a difference in your community with our interactive team opportunity. Join us for a transformative 6-hour experience at the Community Safety Village, where your team will be immersed in interactive challenges throughout the night. These thought-provoking activities, will not only strengthen bonds and foster lasting memories, but also provide insight into youth homelessness and our impactful support programs at 360°kids.Learn More
3. The Virtual Experience
Individual and student participation – Individuals are invited to take part in an at home experience, where challenges are shared through a virtual community and participants learn throughout the night about homelessness, root causes and available assistance to youth facing crisis. All from the safety of their home and neighbourhood. Students also earn Community Service hours while participating.Learn More
“Last year, OPUS Homes participated in the 360°kids Corporate Challenge, and what an experience it was! Hearing personal stories from youth and staff who have connected with 360°kids was truly eye opening. Experiencing a cold night, trading essential items, and finding a meal/drink, really put into perspective the struggles and challenges these youth face, right here in our own community. Motivated by last year’s event, OPUS Homes has decided to be this year’s Event Sponsor for the 360°Experience to help 360°kids in their mission to reach more homeless youth in our community, and remind them that they are not alone.”- Nicole De Gasperis, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs -- Opus Homes Corporate Challenge Participant 2023
“The 360ºExperience gives you a new level of appreciation and understanding of how the services 360ºkids provides impact youth in the community,” said Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “I am so proud of everyone on the Hyundai Canada team for showing up in such a big way to make a real difference and support such an important fundraising initiative.”
Read Hyundai’s Article on the Experience — HERE- Hyundai Canada President, In-Person Participant (2022/2023) & Corporate Challenge Participant 2023
“Not only have I learned about homelessness in York Region, but I also participate in their Youth Ambassador program and get directly involved in advocating for 360kids and the services they provide in our community.”
Watch her 2023 Video on her Virtual Experience- M.Holmes – Youth Ambassador and Virtual Participant (2022/2023)
“Sarah’s journey through foster care led her to 360°kids in Richmond Hill. Through 360°kids supports, Sarah completed her high school diploma, found job opportunities, and received guidance as a new parent. Today, Sarah has a stable home in Barrie, a reliable job, and a loving home with her daughter. 360°kids played a crucial role in Sarah’s life, providing the support and resources she needed to overcome challenges and build a successful future.”
- Sarah - Youth Testimonial of supports at 360°kids
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a youth on the streets?
More often than not, homelessness is not the same story, nor is it always visible.
Thanks to the generosity of York Regional Police, Kaiser & Partners and our volunteer youth actors, we were able to create this amazing short video, about life on the streets and the hidden truths of homelessness.
Past Event Links:
Take a look at the stories and participants from previous year’s Experiences
Frequently Asked Questions
What is required of me to participate?
There are three ways to take part in the 360°Experience, all of which involve a time commitment and a fundraising goal. Anyone who meets the criteria can participate.
- For the In-Person Experience, you must commit to spend one whole night outside, 12 hours and keep in mind the experience runs on a Thursday, this is to help remind participants, the challenges you face are real scenarios, faced by youth experiencing homelessness. The second part in order to participate, you must raise a minimum of $2,000.
- The Corporate Challenge, requires teams to raise a minimum of $5,000 for a team of 10 (Max number). The event is held at the Community Safety Village in Stouffville and participants must be present for 6+hours.
- The Student/Virtual Challenge, requires individuals to commit to fund-raise $100 and most importantly bring awareness of the issues, faced by youth experiencing homelessness and the programs and services available at 360°kids to help support youth in a time of crises. Individuals are asked to participate for 6 hours.
We encourage teams to have fun fundraising for their goals. We often have competitions amongst individuals and teams that help create excitement and in the end, help us raise more funds for our incredible programs and services.
In November, we will be hosting information zoom sessions where you can learn about each stream and choose the experience that suits you best.
To stay updated, we encourage you to follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletters.
Follow us on social: @360kids_york
Will I or my group be alone?
The 360°Experience is designed to include moments of isolation and alone-time, which are intended to encourage reflection on your current circumstances and everyday life. However, please note that you will never be completely alone during the experience.
- For the In-Person option, we will provide a team of volunteer drivers who will follow your street routes. In case of an emergency, they will be available to assist you.
- For the Corporate Challenge, there will be teams stationed throughout the Community Safety Village to provide assistance in case of an emergency.
- For the Virtual/Student Challenge, we ask all participants to stay within their neighbourhoods and discuss the challenge with their family supports to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment throughout the experience.
Do I get anything when I sign up?
By registering, you will have the opportunity to spend a night learning, building community, and connecting with other individuals who share your passion for making a difference in the lives of youth.
When you meet your fundraising goals, you will receive exclusive 360°kids swag that is only available to participants of the 360°Experience.
- $100 – 360°Experience Toque
- $450 – $25 Bloomex e-gift card
- $750 – $50 Bloomex e-gift card
- $1000 – $100 Bloomex e-gift card
- $2,000 – The coveted 360°Experience Jacket
and much more… See the registration page for full details and list of swag.
Is there flexibility in groups and what about accessibility?
At 360°kids, we strongly believe in promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). While we encourage everyone to participate in our experiences, we also provide flexibility in team formations to accommodate different preferences.
Our experiences and challenges can be tackled by teams consisting of two or more participants. For instance, last year we had the Hyundai Canada team that chose to participate in two stream: In-Person, where six people participated, Corporate Challenge with 8 teams, and the option to form a virtual team was also considered. All these teams were part of the larger Hyundai Canada Team, and we assisted them in creating a tailored experience for their organization.
A very popular option for schools and sports teams is the hybrid of In-Person and Virtual Experience. Through the years, we have developed a School Challenge, specifically designed for students, schools, or sports teams. In this challenge, one or two individuals from the school participate in the In-Person, while the rest of the school joins in virtually and receives updates on the progress of the In-Person participants. This allows students to learn and follow the progress of their peers, while those participating in-person have the entire school cheering them on.
We want to provide flexibility to make this an amazing experience for all, we are here to assist you in finding the best approach that suits your team or organization.
Contact us if you’d like more information – EMAIL
Will someone help me register and fundraise?
Registration is as easy as filling out an online form, takes about 5 minutes and you are registered.
As for fundraising, you will have the help of the 360°kids Resource Development team. They will provide you with posters, content for work and social media and orientation zoom sessions where you can ask questions and get tips on starting your fundraising.
If you still have questions, reach out to our team:
Corporate Challenge contact – Daniel.Zaroski@360kids.ca
In-Person, Student and General Questions – Alianna.Sprague@360kids.ca
How a donation makes a difference
Your generosity and gift to 360°kids will go directly towards improving the lives of at-risk and homeless youth who use our programs and services
Provides a week’s worth of meals for ONE youth at our Richmond Hill Home Base Centre.
Provides ONE hour of counselling for a youth struggling with depression and anxiety.
Provides a “Good Start Gift” for a youth transitioning to independent living
Provides (1) month of housing and support for a youth in our long-term housing program
Every kid deserves access to a safe home. 360°kids now serves over 2,500 youth each year, from every municipality in York Region. Although in the last three years we saw this number fluctuate, our commitment to providing essential housing, employment, education and well-being services, never wavered.
At 360°kids community always comes first. Since our founding in 1989, we have continued to provide a full complement of programs and services aimed at assisting at-risk and homeless youth. We take a complete 360° approach to care.
To prevent homelessness by helping youth at risk or in crisis transition to a state of safety and stability.Our History