Sage Youth

A programme that aims to foster the personal development and social integration of marginalised children and youth, through strengthening their literacy skills, building their self-esteem and integrating community support.

Impact indicators


  • Excellence in Literacy Foundation programmes have reached 70,000 children and youth across Canada. 
  • Sage Youth programmes have 0% dropout rates. 



  • Students with exceptionalities increase their literacy skills by an average of 199% in 14 months.
  • Students from low-income communities reach a 226% increase in 16 months.
  • After less than a month, newcomer refugee students more than double their literacy skills.


Usha Tamba Dhar, Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF).
Ashoka Fellowship (2010).