PROFILE: Central Neighbourhood House (Our Lady of Lourdes)

downloadThe Central Neighbourhood House is an institute that caters the needs of the community and local area.  Located in the beautiful, downtown Catholic School Facility of Our Lady of Lourdes, Central Neighbourhood House which is the perfect environment for kids to safely  explore the landscape around them.


Campers strike a pose as they break for snack time!

Central Neighbourhood House is the second oldest settlement house in Toronto. For the past 105 years, their team of staff and volunteers have worked hand in hand with  neighbours, to offer a wide range of excellent programs for children and youth, new Canadians, families, women and seniors. In the summer, Our Lady of Lourdes provides a space for the CNH to run a summer program for kids ages 5 – 14.

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A camper discusses the manga she is currently reading “Naruto,” with a camp counselor.

Campers enjoy diverse programming that includes daily swimming trips, arts and community engagement activities in and around our neighbourhood, as well as group trips to exciting destinations every Friday.
They also offer a terrific Summer Leadership Program, which is also a part of their summer camp program, for youth aged 13 and over.

CNH provides many opportunities for the social, recreational, cultural and educational development of our campers, through team-building activities centered on recreation, language, and the arts. Activities include arts & crafts, sports, games, drama, dance, music and photography as well as swimming and field trips. Most important, friends are made and unforgettable adventures are to be had!


FOY Staff: Justin M, Kyle P, Brian H, Tiffany W (NEIL Centre)


Central Neighbourhood House

Our Lady of Lourdes School
444 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M4X 1K2

July 4 – August 19
8:30am – 4:30pm

5 – 13 years old

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PROFILE: St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club Dante Beatrice Campus


St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club in the Dante Alighieri Secondary School Beatrice Campus location provides kids and staff with their motto: “a good place to be.” Their mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.  Staff at St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club tellingly love their job and have been enjoying the camp experience with the diverse campers.


A staff member from the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club gets the attention of the campers.


Campers make sure to listen carefully to trip instructions by staff.

This specific camp offers kids ages 6-12 a fun and immersive experience during the summer as well as the ability to explore their own local area under safe, caring supervision. During the camp, campers will be able to be a part of swimming excursions, at least six camp trips, sports activities, and arts and crafts.






Kids at the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club Dante Beatrice Campus are given the opportunity to socialize with peers and play with kids their age in a safe, local environment. In co-operation with St. Alban’s, TDSB Focus On Youth Staff, and TCDSB Focus on Youth Staff the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club is definitely true to their motto: a diverse AND good place to be.


FOY Staff: Brianna C, Omar A, Terrence W


St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club

Dante Alighieri High School
50 Ameer Ave, North York, ON M6A 2L3

July 4th to August 11th, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

6 – 12 years old

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Site Phone –  416-707-2976




PROFILE: The Royal Ontario Museum


The Royal Ontario Museum owes its existence to the efforts of many people. The founders, including Sir Byron Edmund Walker and Dr. Charles Trick Currelly, began with a vision for a provincial museum in Toronto. Over the years, the careful planning of numerous employees and volunteers has expanded that vision and today the ROM is a well-known international museum. Through Focus on Youth, students at the TCDSB have the rare opportunity to spend the summer working at the ROM!


Students working at the front desk selling tickets and directing people. (Lucas, Daniel & Nathan)

The ROM placement is unique to every other placement available in the Focus On Youth program. It offers students desk work experience and the opportunity to see what exactly it means to be professional. Students are given intern jobs where they work in customer service and paperwork fields of work. They are often at the desk and if not, working hard to ensure that the museum guests enjoy their visit. Though it may not seem like the most exciting job at first glance, many of our staff said they absolutely loved to energetic atmosphere and would love to work there again.


“10/10 I Absolutely love this job” –  Daniel Pineda-Lara


Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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