Katie and Kam are on a mission to change the lives of the people around them. They are dedicated to changing the cycle of poverty, and bringing nutrition and fitness awareness to youth living in homeless shelters. These women are a force to be reckoned with, and will absolutely change the world. You two truly are Heroic Humans...
You are my Heroes,
Katie's Inspiration for Bootcamps for Change:
"A typical optimist, after years of volunteering and working for local and international organizations, I found myself longing to research and address the gaps in the traditional charitable model in Canada. As nutrition and fitness saved my life as a young child, I wished for our programming to remove accessibility barriers to these services, while also creating a means for direct poverty alleviation and homelessness awareness. Under our pillars of physical health, mental health, and resilience, the “Bootcamps for Change” concept was born. I couldn’t have done any of it without my incredible teams and business partner, Kam Kuzminski."
Kam's Inspiration for Bootcamps For Change:
"I have always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I spent over 10 years working with marginalized youth as a High School teacher and after pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, I am certain that my purpose in life is to help those around me, more specifically, the youth of this generation. I am devoted to our youth, showing them their truth and talents. Bootcamps For Change was created to help the youth in our community realize their strengths, to show them encouragement, but more importantly to cultivate a positive change in their lives. Our hope is to act as a source of encouragement to help empower and equip the younger generation by using our pillars of physical health, mental health, and resilience."
"Connection is essential in a world that at times that seems so divided. Although Toronto based, we are expanding Canada-wide by facilitating weekly fitness programming and nutritional education for youth in shelters, as well as creating chapters in Universities. Ensuring optimal health of those experiencing homelessness is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Humanization and awareness of the multifaceted issues surrounding homelessness is essential for changing mindsets regarding stereotypes about the sector we serve. Although you may not believe you can relate to the person you pass panhandling on Yonge Street, they want to contribute to society just as much as you and I. When we place blame on the individual, we fail address external circumstances. Our team is further addressing poverty in Toronto and Canada by creating employment opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness. In collaboration with Canfitpro, we are removing financial barriers to certification as well as career coaching and employment resources for residents in shelters to become certified as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor or yoga instructor. This is how our mission comes to life as we attempt to break the barriers of youth homelessness.
Youth struggling with homelessness face so much adversity in their daily lives, and have rarely received encouragement from a mentor figure. The “Bootcamps for Change” model facilitates direct connection with youth to rise above their circumstances, to transform their own lives and eventually those around them."
If you want to get involved and volunteer at their in-shelter fitness programming (Monday and Friday afternoons weekly - can be Pilates, HIIT, Yoga, Zumba, etc.) or volunteer as a nutrition community educator at their partner food bank, you can contact Katie Heggtveit and Kam Kuzminski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can stay up to date on their incredible journey at www.bootcampsforchange.com, and on Instagram at @bootcampsforchange.
Heroic Humans is a social impact movement that provides a gathering space for inspiration, celebration and empowerment. We aim to foster connections among heroic people and groups, helping to establish a broader reach and more profound influence on their individual communities. We care about authentic connections and the power behind all people and passions. Let’s join forces and recognize those who make a difference.
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For the past couple months, I've been working on an idea that has completely set my heart and soul on fire. I've been laying the foundation of a social impact movement that has an unwavering mission: to inspire, celebrate and empower Heroic members of our communities.
In doing this, we can all play a part in celebrating the good versus the bad and share authentic stories, people, passions and inspirations. Heroic Humans is a space that seeks to foster acceptance and inclusion in a world wedded to judgmental social norms and constructs. It is a place that refuses to marginalize and exclude people. It is a place where we can thrive as our truest and most powerful selves.
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Heroism comes in all forms. Whether it’s someone who lights you up, inspires you or others, or pours your favorite cup of coffee; everyone has their own story to tell and a life to change.
With your help, we can uncover raw emotion and vulnerability, overcome adverse conditions, and applaud human empowerment in all its forms.
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