Our Mission 

The Concerned Kids educates children through the uniquely engaging art of puppetry, empowering young people to make smarter and kinder choices, and further enabling schools and communities to become a safer place to live, learn and play.

Our Values

We strive to deliver the highest quality programs that captivate the hearts and minds of our audiences through the compelling medium of puppetry, to inspire dialogue, spur action, and create positive change in our communities.

Program and Purpose

Leveraging the creative medium of puppetry, The Concerned Kids deliver socially relevant educational and interactive programs about serious issues such as bullying, school safety, multiculturalism, peer pressure, violence, gangs and substance abuse, to children and youth in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area.

The specific use of puppetry as an art form establishes a non-threatening and highly engaging environment for learning. Our programs provide a rich framework of language, thought and decision-making skills which encourages dialogue between children, parents, and educators to proactively address important social issues and foster happier, healthier kids who thrive. 

Our History

Our founders June Bales, Margaret Boddy, Bettyann Elliott, and Joyce Attis

The Concerned Kids educates elementary school-aged children about serious and sensitive subject matter, faced on a daily basis. Through the uniquely engaging art of interactive puppetry, young students are empowered to make kinder and informed choices, thus helping our schools and communities to become a safer place to live, learn and play.

This charitable organization began in Toronto in 1988 (incorporated by January 1989) as a recognized need by educators and community groups to reach children in a creative way with effective messages concerning HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse.

Four women knew that through experiential puppet performances they would be able to reach students through the use of this non-threatening media of interactive puppetry. Young people become enthralled when puppets speak…the more senses that are engaged, the more likely that the information will be retained.

The charity’s puppet performances are presented by volunteer and professional puppeteers who have undergone 36 hours of extensive training & rehearsals in a style of Bunraku puppetry. The puppets allow for a non-threatening manner of engagement in a factual, unbiased, entertaining way that helps to build problem-solving abilities, learning alternatives to bad or unsafe behaviour (right from wrong) and teaches students to act with kindness and respect.

The charity’s program roster has addressed serious and sensitive subject matter on topics of HIV/AIDS; bereavement; multiculturalism; bullying & school safety; alternatives to gangs, violence & prejudice; and peer pressure & substance abuse.

Our community-based Volunteer Board of Directors was formed in June 1990.

The Board of Directors, staff, puppeteers, and puppets reflect the ethnocultural mix of the student population being addressed.

Charitable Number: 886594191 RR0001