Chess in Canadian Prisons
Chess World runs ‘The Right Move’ rehabilitation program in Canadian prisons, a venture approved and endorsed by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. ‘The Right Move’ is the only such program in Canada (and perhaps in the world) wherein inmates receive a certificate they can then show a judge, attesting to the life skills they have acquired and the progress the have made through the life-changing power of chess. In ‘The Right Move’, expert volunteers take inmates on a journey of change that extends far beyond the game of chess itself, with the true lessons coming from learning how to succeed at life. Inmates learn how to make better choices, how to replace helplessness, aggression and desperation with contribution, hope and meaning, and how to step on the path towards becoming contributing members of society.
“I believe what Tal is doing for us is hard to describe in few words. The reason being, I have had my days brightened and filled with hope by participating in this program. The skills he teaches on and off the board add to the clay that is shaping me into a productive member of society who will put his strengths into a meaningful career path."
Inmate in The Toronto South Detention Center, Toronto, Canada
At-Risk Children and Youth
Chess world runs Thinking Different™ as an intervention tool in a variety of facilities and settings in the Greater Toronto Area, offering newfound hope and meaning to individuals and communities. The Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre is a youth mental health centre that provides services to youth between the ages of 11 and 17 from grades 6-11 who are experiencing psychological, behavioural and/or academic challenges. Our program at the centre was featured on CBC Radio 1, as an example for the difference chess can make in the lives of children and teens:
Contact us today if you wish to volunteer, support, or bring our program to your institution.