Values and Guiding Principles

Our Commitment

We’re making tremendous strides to shrink the opportunity gap. What would the world look like if every youth had the opportunity to live to their full potential?

Bootcamps for Change has excelled at engaging with individuals impacted by homelessness, poverty, and mental health challenges. As we embark on this complex work, we have developed a list of commitments to guide us. This list is a non-exhaustive work in progress; it demonstrates what we have done, what we are doing now, and where we are headed. We know that we do not have all the solutions, and recognize the need for continuous evaluation, adaptation, and innovation of our programs. 

Financial instability in addition to poor mental and/or physical health are key factors that prevent access to positive health outcomes.

So What Are We Doing? 

  1. Working to balance the requirements of mindful fitness practices with the requirements of social change.
    1.1. Create conversations and awareness around equitable access to fitness services.
    1.2. Collaboratively review our communications and processes to ensure they align with our values.
  2. Respectfully seeking out, listening to, and acting upon the needs and requests of those  we serve. 
    2.1. Seek and consider the feedback that differs from our assumptions when making decisions.
    2.2. Invite conversation, recommendations, and guidance from the youth and community we work with as we deepen our understanding of these topics.
  3. Provide welcoming ways to contribute to our organization at any level. 
    3.1. Offer internal cross-hierarchy lines of communication for youth scholarship recipients, youth fitness program participants, volunteers, staff, partners, and community organizations.
    3.2. Invest time and resources into collaborative processes, providing space and time for the input and perspectives of others to be offered and considered.
  4. Continue to diversify our staff, volunteers, and youth scholarship recipients by prioritizing equity-motivated decision-making across all aspects of our work. 
    4.1. Actively recruit potential volunteers from outside the fitness community and among those that are representative of the populations we serve (including expanding our communications strategies and offering information sessions in new locations).

We envision a world where all youth, no matter their circumstances, have the support necessary to participate in fitness programming that builds resiliency and an arsenal of career and mindset skills they can use for life’s long haul. We are grateful for the support and trust of our broader community. Our intention is to engage and inspire others to join us in this work. 

We are dedicated to this work and are continually reaffirming what that means for us as an organization.

Bootcamps for Change Public Health Principles

Leadership, Management & Governance

The ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a positive future; inspire trust and motivate others; use evidence-based strategies to enhance essential public health services; provide strategic and operational guidance within the public and/or private health organizations. 

  • We propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders, and other partners 
  • We communicate public health science to stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behaviour 
  • We integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values, and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems 
  • We facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods 
  • We create organizational change strategies 
  • We assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities
  • We propose human, fiscal, and other resources to achieve a strategic goal 
  • We cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal
  • We provide recommendations for enhancing community and population-based health

Programs: In-Shelter Health & Fitness Program // Employment Program

  • We have designed a system-level intervention to address a public health issue 
  • We have integrated knowledge of practices in the design of programs 
  • We will integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks, and varied stakeholder interests in analysis 
  • We propose inter-professional team approaches to improving public health

Education & Workforce Development

  • We assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs 
  • We deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational, and community settings

Communication and Advocacy 

The ability to assess and use communication strategies across diverse audiences to inform and influence individual, organization, community actions 

  • We effectively marshal evidence to create a persuasive practice guidance document (The #SweatierForTheBetter Certification and Toolkit)
  • We guide our organization in setting goals, objectives, and priorities
  • We demonstrate effective oral and written skills for communicating with local, national, and global-level stakeholders

Critical Analysis

The ability to synthesize and apply evidence-based research and theory from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources to advance programs and systems promoting population health 

  • We apply theoretical and evidence-based perspectives from multiple disciplines in the design and evaluation of programs
  • We will interpret quantitative and qualitative data following current scientific standards
  • We will analyze data from health surveillance systems that monitor population health
  • We will synthesize information from multiple sources for research and practice
  • We will evaluate the performance and impact of health programs
  • We will analyze the impact of global trends and interdependencies on public health challenges and systems

Professionalism and Ethics

The ability to identify and analyze an ethical issue; balance the claims of personal liberty with the responsibility to protect and improve the health of the population, and act on the ethical concepts in public health research and practice 

  • We will manage potential conflicts of interest encountered by practitioners, researchers, and/or organizations
  • We will design strategies for resolving ethical concerns in research, law, and regulations
  • We will assess ethical considerations in developing research initiatives
  • We will weigh the risks, benefits, and unintended consequences of our research and practice