Profile: Heart Beatz

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Heart Beatz provides camp, day camp, and youth program services to residents from the McCowan to Kingston areas. Their target age group is 2 1/2 to 12 years old. The centre operates from 7am-6pm.

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Focus On Youth student Kevin Villafuerte playing cards with some of the children.

The organization began as a community centre over 30 years ago in a basement of a church and has flourished  into a child care and camp facility.

Prekshya Pandey teaches children to make friendship bracelets.

Heart Beatz‘ mission statement is  “to provide services and activities in response to the changing needs and interests of the Cliffcrest community on a non-segregated and non-political basis.”

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They highly value respect, well-being and integrity through shared relationships.

This year, a broadway musical performance will take place at the AGM, where parents hold a meeting and come together. In preparation for this concert, a performer visits the camp every Friday from the beginning of July to August 23rd, to help the children prepare. The costumes and props are taken care of by the children themselves.

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Campers have a mini computer in the room

The campers also have excursions to Casa Loma, Black Creek Pioneer Village and High Park.

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Stretch stretch stretch! Participants copy the dance instructor for warm-ups.

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Kevin Villafuerte doing warm-ups with the campers.

At the Cliffcrest Community Centre, it is their first year having Focus On Youth employees and are said to be always “busy and active with the kids.”

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Focus On Youth student Prekshya Pandey helps a camper with arts and crafts.

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From wall to ceiling! Arts and Crafts everywhere!

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Some of the artwork the children made outdoors.

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Who knew you can knit with only your hands and yarn alone?! These kids are talented!
Focus On Youth student, Eullyssa Lazado gets all crafty!

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A finished product by one of the campers. Impressive!

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Here’s what we’ve knitted so far!

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SUMMARY

Organization:  Heart Beatz

Location(s):  2938 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON M1J 2E4

Ages:  2 and a half to 12 years old

Dates / Times:  7AM-6PM

Website: http://www.heartbeatz.ca/

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-267-6293 x223

Fax: 416-267-6932

Email: daycarecliffcrest@bellnet.ca

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