PROFILE: Eastview Boys and Girls Club (Holy Cross)

Go to the Eastview Boys & Girls Club section of the B&G Club of Greater Toronto website

Operating for more than 40 years, the Eastview (Toronto) Boys and Girls Club continues to provide youth with a safe and welcoming place to spend their time during the summer. Their vision, “to be at the forefront of community inclusion, leadership, well-being, participation and healthy development for the Eastview community”, is constantly demonstrated in one of their locations: Holy Cross Catholic School.

Leadership values being taught in-class

As a summer day camp, the Eastview B&G Club runs for 8 weeks during the months of July and August. From 9AM to 4PM, they provide youth with a wide variety of activities that help their campers develop team-building, leadership, and good moral character. These activities give the youth something fulfilling to do in the summer, while on top of all having fun!

A glimpse of what they do in the gym and during free time:

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Their priority is also delivering a wide range of physical activities that keep their campers active and healthy during the summer: camp counsellors host games in the gym or they play sports outdoors. Other activities include cooking/baking, leadership classes, arts & crafts, going on trips, and much more.

The gallery below features campers excitedly baking cupcakes during their indoor activities:

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The Eastview Boys and Girls Club would not have been where it is today without their dedicated staff and supporters, as well as Focus On Youth. Through FOY, the organization is able to use school sites to run camps, and hire devoted staff whom reflect the camp’s values.

FOY Staff (from left to right) Rolph Banawa, Teanna Bujold and Shonie Jasmin

Focus On Youth staff Shonie Jasmin highlights the importance of always being prepared with the campers: with the number of kids they have at camp, “you’ll never know which group you’re gonna get, so you always have to adjust yourself… be energetic, be positive all the time, so they can follow you.” As she continues to work with the campers, she develops patience, building a stronger moral character herself. Fellow counsellor Rolph Banawa says that he loves working with the kids, as they always give him energy. Through the many weeks they’ve worked with the Eastview B&G Club, there was never a dull moment!

 



SUMMARY

Organization: Eastview Boys and Girls Club (part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto)

Location: Holy Cross Catholic School

299A Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 3R7

Dates/Times: July 4th – August 22nd, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 4PM

Contact Information:

Laurette Jack

laurettejack@eastviewcentre.com

416-392-1750

Eastview Boys & Girls Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto website

Eastview Boys & Girls Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada website

CUSTODIAL POSITION: Neil McNeil High School

More than 40 out of the 300 summer job positions at Focus On Youth were given in custodial positions. Unlike our program’s camp counsellors, custodians work in several high schools across the board to help caretakers prepare for the upcoming school year this Fall.

Neil McNeil custodian John Paolo de Lemos

One of these lucky participants was John Paolo de Lemos, a recent graduate from Jean Vanier CSS. He was placed at Neil McNeil High School.

According to John, there is no such thing as a typical day. His job consists of a variety of tasks: cleaning lockers, lifting furniture, sweeping and mopping the floors — simple jobs that turn out to be large feats when considering an entire school. This is why, to John, he feels a sense of accomplishment whenever he finishes a certain task.

“My favourite part about working at my placement is finishing a certain task and looking back after to see how successful I am doing it,” John said. “For example seeing the lockers shining after all the hard work I put in makes me feel happy and take pride of my job,”

Sweeping the floors of an empty classroom

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In addition to feeling accomplished, he also learns a lot from his supervisor, Brian Cormack. According to John, Brian highlights the importance of teamwork. He sees leadership as all about cooperation; there typically aren’t any issues between the custodians. If there are, they will immediately talk about it together.

“The only way we can accomplish tasks is when we work together,” John said. “Conflicts can affect our how we do our tasks in a bad way.”

John with his supervisor and mentor, Brian Cormack

John works from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays. All FOY custodians work through July and half of August.

Good luck to John in entering university this coming Fall!

PROFILE: Live For Ball

Go to LFB website

Basketball training!

Basketball training!

Live For Ball (LFB) is a summer camp that runs for five weeks during the months of July and August. In its second year as a summer camp, it strives to enhance team-building and respect for one another through the sport of basketball and leadership activities. LFB provides a fun, safe, and positive environment to keep the youth active and make the most out of their summer.

Learning team-building and communication as they coach and help each other

Learning team-building and communication as they coach and help each other

Operating on weekdays from 9AM to 4PM, all participants of LFB do warm-ups and physical activities in the morning, mainly covering the fundamentals of basketball. In the afternoon, the younger part of the group goes out on trips, while the more experienced of the group stay inside for more intensive basketball training.

An exciting game of Dr. Dodgeball!

An exciting game of Dr. Dodgeball!

LFB is more than just a basketball camp. It also runs a variety of leadership games and activities that promote teamwork, respect, good sportsmanship, and moral lessons that give its participants a foundation for good character. Because of this, the LFB team at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School has truly evolved into a closely-knit family.

Elite members coaching younger members

Elite members coaching younger members

Energizers for the morning

Star athletes in the making!

Star athletes in the making!

LFB’s partnership with Focus On Youth not only benefits the organization itself, but teenagers as well. In an interview with Focus On Youth staff, Marlene Solano says that her favourite part about her job is the motivation she gets from her coaches. Through Focus On Youth, Live For Ball becomes more accessible to teens across the city.

Focus On Youth staff (left to right) Mariel Gascon and Marlene Solano

Focus On Youth staff (left to right) Mariel Gascon and Marlene Solano

Live For Ball supervisors Isaac King and Katrina Sorra

Live For Ball supervisors Isaac King and Katrina Sorra

 


SUMMARY

Organization: Live For Ball

Location: Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School

100 Brimley Rd S, Toronto, ON M1M 3X4

Dates/Times: July 7th – August 8th, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 4PM

Contact Information:

Isaac King and Katrina Sorra

www.liveforball.com

liveforball@rogers.com

416-707-7033


The lovely faces of LFB!