Right To Play's mission is to protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play.
Play keeps children in school and out of work. It helps them overcome challenges that could rob them of their dignity, their promise and put them at risk. Play teaches them how to prevent disease and resolve conflicts, and gives them the confidence to dismantle barriers and create opportunities where often there were none.
WE PLAY FOR CHANGE
Right To Play is harnessing one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in every child’s life, the power of play. Our programs protect, educate, and empower children to heal from the harsh realities of war and abuse, to change their behavior and protect themselves from disease, to go to school, graduate and create a better future.
We use the power of play to keep girls safe from violence, to give them a voice and to take the lead. We empower them to say no to unwanted sex and understand how HIV is spread.
We play for change in 5 key areas: quality education, child protection, peaceful communities, gender equality and health and well-being.
We bring the power of play to 15 countries, each with their own set of challenges for children.
In these countries, we empower girls to resist early marriage and to continue their education. We teach children how to protect themselves from diseases like HIV and malaria. We help child laborers return to school. And we inspire refugee youth living in dire camp conditions to heal and succeed.
Protect. Educate. Inspire.
It's what we do for 1.9 million children each week through our programs around the world:
50% are girls
67% of our teachers and coaches are female
We work in 52 refugee camps in Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Thailand and Uganda
We operate in 2,630 schools, with the help of 32,000 teachers and coaches and 14,000 Junior Leaders, using 1,200 play based learning games and activities.
Ways to give back at work
Working at Right To Play, you feel the direct impact of your work whether you are on the Communications team or our Programs team. Many of our staff travel around the world and witness the power of play first hand.
Our staff also organize events and fundraisers for other causes like Pride Month and Mental Health Awareness.
What it’s Like to Work Here
At Right To Play, you're part of an organization making a positive, lasting impact. That's why our staff is passionate and dedicated to our cause. Whether you’re supporting our programs at our International Headquarters, hosting awareness and fundraising events in our national offices, or working with youth in our local communities, you have the benefit of knowing everything you do is making a difference in the lives of more than one million children around the world through play.
We are a hardworking group of passionate and playful people. The culture is entrepreneurial and employees are encouraged to find unique solutions to problems. Working here you have to be comfortable with a fast paced environment where things can change on the fly.
Right To Play is a fairly lean NGO with 100 employees in the HQ - it’s a place where everyone knows and supports each other. There’s lots of collaboration between teams - from Finance and Fundraising, to Communications and International Programs. We work together as a team.
Our head office is located in downtown Toronto, steps from the subway and great lunch spots. Right To Play employees enjoy extra perks such as:
Summer Fridays: Half day Fridays from Canada Day - Labour Day
Winter Fridays: One afternoon off per month in the Winter for mental health :)
Complementary gym membership with GoodLife Fitness
An active Fun Committee that organizes events and activities all year long
Rose Lipton Director, Canada Programs says:
Since starting here over 5 years ago I’ve had the chance to put my skills & knowledge into practice, while at the same time receiving coaching & support to build new skills. With education being at the heart of our work, I find our work environment really conducive to my own passion for lifelong learning. While my exceptional colleagues are a close second, I’d have to say that the best part of working here is knowing that what I do every day makes a difference in the lives of children & youth.
Program Officer, Youth To Youth Programs says:
Working at Right To Play has been a great experience. There is a commonality of passion and support of the vision and mission of the organization across all departments. You can tell everyone is here because they want to be, and it is reflected in the work that is done every day. There is also a great work culture of cross-departmental learning and fun! This is not a place that only theorizes good work culture, but puts action behind it – there is a lot of respect of personal growth and inclusion, several opportunities for professional development, and many other benefits that add to what is already a rewarding job.
What We Look For When Hiring
As an international, multi-cultural organization, we’re always looking for people who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our team. If you’re looking for a place that values your curiosity, passion, and desire to learn and make a difference, Right To Play is a good place for you.