Reduce Bullying, and Improve Inclusion Through Active Play Across Canada
Recess Guardians is a Canada-wide, free program that builds leadership abilities and encourages a healthy lifestyle. We help teach youth positive building blocks for their future in a fun, safe and educational environment.
700 Schools Reached 400k Students Impacted
said Recess Guardian's increased leadership skills in their youth
said our program increased the confidence level in the leaders
said Recess Guardian's increased social inclusion on the playground
said that our program leads to greater cooperation in both the classroom and on the playground
Teaching youth through unstructured play to enhance life skills for positive development.
Recess Guardians provides schools, teachers and most importantly students, with easy to use tools that promote all students to participate and be “Guardians of Play” by demonstrating daily leadership to other students during non-classroom time. Older students in the school are provided with leadership training and tools to
successfully lead students in games, collaborative activities that engage all students, while promoting physical activity, fun and a positive school community. We are working to make school playgrounds safer by encouraging all students to build friendships instead of fences; build relationships instead of boundaries.
Resolving the social and bullying problems impacting students’ recess. Learn about our free school program.
The majority of the students at Vincent Massey Community School are now active during recess time. Given the proper equipment and leadership, the students have found success with their outside time on the playground.
- Teacher, Vincent Massey Community School
We’re creating a bold and imaginative world where everyone has someone who believes in them.
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Recess Guardians is a very versatile and accommodating program. We take pride in the fact that we can adapt and work with any type of school we come across.
Contact us and our group of fun-loving staff comes right to you, so there’s no need to get permission slips or take the students away from class time. We do our best to work with the students during times that are ideal for the teacher and class, such as during gym time or lunch hour.
In the News
Recess Guardians Brings Games Back to Kids at School
August 21, 2019
Remember recess? Chances are, you filled those short periods between classes with fun activities like tag, four square and jump rope. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find that in many schools, says Mike McDonald, founder and CEO of Recess Guardians.
Elise Stolte: A common-sense solution for Edmonton’s playground bullies
May 24, 2019
It’s called Recess Guardians and it’s showing real promise in a kind of common sense, a why-didn’t-we-do-this-before way.