Canadian Running and Nike are partnering to inspire the next generation of track athletes and runners through a weekly running and mentorship program.

The one-on-one mentorship program, called Lane 6, is eight-week pilot program aimed at inspiring at-risk Toronto youth, aged 7-18, to get into and develop a passion for running, the most accessible sport in the world. Toronto Community Housing is the third partner in this exciting opportunity.

Here’s where you come in. Canadian Running and Nike are looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the youth running community. Volunteers and mentors can participate in single or multiple days or the entire program, which begins the second week of April 2018. An initial training program with Nike will be held the first week of April before the mentorship program begins the following week, either on Saturdays or Tuesdays, to be announced soon.

Here’s how to get involved

Date: starting first week of April (training), then mentoring second of April and onwards
Days of week: Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Commitment: Single- or multiple-days, or the entire program, which is held for nine weeks (eight of which will be with youth)
Location: Central Tech Stadium, 725 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ont. M5S 2R5
Toronto Police background check (required): please reference the Toronto Police service website for more information on how to obtain a criminal background check which is required to participate in the lane 6 program.

Interested? Fill out the following form



On April 12, join Nike’s premier youth coaching training partner, Up2Us Sports, a non-profit organization that uses sports and trained coaches to improve communities and inspire youth to achieve their potential.

This training provides a framework for coaches to feel empowered and appropriately prepared to use sport as a tool to make a positive impact in their community. Focusing on coaches who work with youth in low-income communities who often experience stress and trauma as a result of repeated exposure to negative behaviours. The trauma-informed approach that Up2Us takes on coaching ensures that coaches can perform a critical role in helping the youth in these communities to heal and thrive. We look forward to bringing you into the Up2Us Sports certified family through a fun filled and informative game changing training experience.


What to Expect: Two Up2Us Sports Trainers will take us through a 2-hour trauma-informed training that includes light-to-moderately active demonstrations to breakdown the 7-Steps Framework. All activities are optional.

What to Wear: Non-marking active/running shoes, comfortable clothing.

What to Bring: Yourself, a positive attitude and a coaching mindset.

6-8 p.m. at the Central Tech High School gym