PROFILE: St .Alban’s/Lawrence Heights Boys and Girls Club

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St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club Logo

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights Logo

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights Logo

At St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club, 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”.

St. Albans Boys and Girls Club T-Shirt

St. Albans Boys and Girls Club T-Shirt

St. Alban’s Boys Club was founded in 1949 by Toronto Police Inspector, W. H. (Bill) Bolton. It began with just 25 boys in the St. Alban’s Parish Hall Basement. The vision was to provide a safe environment for youth through recreation. It wasn’t until 1978 that the club was renamed to St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club.

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This boys and girls club is widely known as “a good place to be”. By doing activities like arts and crafts, as well as physical activities that include soccer and baseball, children and youth learn and develop team building, social and sportsmanship skills. In addition, once a week they go on exciting trips to places like Wild Water Kingdom, Fantasy Fair, beaches and the movie theatre.

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This club fosters positive attitudes all around and a strong sense of belonging. Many of the children and youth have made special friendships that show in their cheering and support for one another. The smiles and laughs at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club speak for the way that campers and staff alike have an amazing time and look forward to spending their day with each other.

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FOY Staff: Top- Doreen, Genevieve, Sebastian, Dante, Robert Bottom- Jessica, Julie

FOY Staff:
Top- Doreen, Genevieve, Sebastian, Dante, Robert
Bottom- Jessica, Julie

Summary

Organization:  St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club & Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

Location:

Dante Alighieri Catholic Secondary School (Beatrice Campus)

50 Ameer Ave

Toronto, Ontario

M6A 2L3

Dates/Times:

6 Weeks

July 2 – August 8

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact Info:

Shawn Burgess- Community Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

shawn@stalbansclub.ca

(416) 534 – 8461

Akellia Malcolm- Program Coordinator of Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

akellia@stalbansclub.ca

Websites:

http://www.stalbansclub.ca/

http://www.stalbansclub.ca/lawrenceheights/

 

 

 

PROFILE: Centre for Spanish Speaking People – St. Philip Neri

 

 

Centre For Spanish Speaking People Logo

Centre For Spanish Speaking People Logo

FOY and St. Philip Neri Staff

FOY and St. Philip Neri Staff

The camp at St. Philip Neri – in association with The Centre for Spanish Speaking People Organization – is a camp for children and youth ages 7-13, and is located at St. Philip Neri Elementary School. The warm welcome from everyone at this camp creates an atmosphere of cheerfulness and high energy. With countless activities and trips, the fun never ends.

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This camp cares for the health of the children and youth by encouraging a healthy snack on a daily basis as well as doing morning exercises. Their mini talent shows display a variety of campers’ talents, from dancing to singing to anything else. The staff make sure to incorporate the different talents and skills each individual has into the activities they do on a daily basis.

The games and other recreational activities the camp offers fosters individual growth, as well as the forming of strong friendships among campers. In addition, campers become close with supervisors, who participate in the activities and help them develop skills. One of the camp’s favourite activities to play is dodge-ball against the staff. At St. Philip Neri, the goal is to have fun doing activities, while staying active in a safe environment.

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FOY Staff: Jose, Evian, Karina, Jasmine

FOY Staff: Jose, Evian, Karina, Jasmine

Summary

Organization: Centre for Spanish Speaking People

Location: 

St. Philip Neri Catholic School

20 Beverly Hills Drive

North York, Ontario

M3L 1A1

Dates/Times:

6 Weeks

July 2 – August 8

8:30am-4:30pm

Contact Info:

Provvidenza Dearcangelis

Provvi1@hotmail.com

(647) 966 – 8040

Website: http://www.spanishservices.org/en/

 

 

PROFILE: Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis

 

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At the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis, Chris Blackwood, the Program Coordinator, seeks to “give our children an opportunity to travel the city of Toronto with our trips.”

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston Mount-Dennis is known by many as “a good place to be”.  The club has an atmosphere of happiness and excitement that is impossible not to notice while at the camp. The children and staff are welcoming and greet people with a “good morning”, smiling broadly.

The children and youth experience new things by going on trips to go swimming and to visit the Microsoft store, Wild Water Kingdom, the ROM, Sunny side beach and Woodbine beach, among their many different excursions. These trips foster among the children new friendships and connections to their peers.

This club’s affiliation with Focus on Youth has seen only success – the result of engaged, reliable staff. According Chris Blackwood, “the partnership with TCDSB Focus on Youth is fantastic!”. When Bianka, the FOY Staff at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston Mount-Dennis was asked what her favourite part about working at this camp was, she said it was, “coming in everyday seeing the kids being excited and teaching them new things. As well as spending time with them.”

FOY Staff: Bianka

FOY Staff: Bianka

Summary

 

Organization:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis

Location:

Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School

99 Humber Blvd

Toronto, Ontario

M6N 2H4

Dates/Times:

7 Weeks

July 2 – August 15

8:30am-4:30pm

Contact Info:

Chris Blackwood

chrisblackwood@stalbansclub.ca

(647) 427 – 4929

Website: http://www.stalbansclub.ca/wmd/

EVENT: Fundraising BBQ

BBQ Poster

BBQ Poster

Charles E. Webster held a BBQ/Fundraising event to bring the community together. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights, Weston-Mount Dennis, St.Alban’s Boys and Girls Club and Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club attended were all in attendance.

Children, youth, parents and staff joined this event and it was a day filled with fun. The event started with the children coming into the gym and watching a talent show, which included, dancing and singing. Members of the community practiced hard to perform their talents.

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There were also competitive games such as a watermelon eating contest and balloon toss. The event brought the community together through music, talent and culture.

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FOY Staff, Michael and Jennalyn posing with Shawn Burgess

FOY Staff, Michael and Jennalyn posing with Shawn Burgess

FOY Staff

FOY Staff

 

Summary

Organizations: 

St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Hights

Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis

Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club

Location:

Charles E. Webster Junior Public School

1900 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario

M6M 3X7

 

CUSTODIAL POSITION: Loretto College

Focus On Youth offers job opportunities over the summer, one being a custodial. The job of the custodial is to help caretakers clean around high schools to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Sweeping the floors

Sweeping the floors

Abraham working hard to keep the school clean

Abraham working hard to keep the school clean

FOY Staff Abraham and the custodians

FOY Staff Abraham and the custodians

Abraham Tekabo, going into his last year at Archbishop Romero, is working as a custodian at Loretto College. He spends his time moping and sweeping the floors, cleaning the windows and helping the full-time custodians.

Preparing to mop the floors

Preparing to mop the floors

The work environment has been a positive one for Abraham. “My favourite part about it is working with the nice caretakers at Loretto and building a new friendship with them,” he said.

Friendship with FOY staff Abraham and Michael

Friendship with FOY staff Abraham and Michael

PROFILE: DOVERCOURT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Logo
The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Logo

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club is known as “The Club that beats the Streets”  with their friendly and energetic staff and club members.

Mannie D'Elias, Program Director
Mannie D’Elias, Program Director

The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club began in 1957 for boys and girls from ages 7 to 17. Through the years they have expanded the program, and currently the club is for boys and girls ages 4-17. The Dovercourt Boys & Girls club have their own building along with a location at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School which is right across from each other.

This program welcomes everyone with open arms and helps children and youth in developing their athletic, artistic, academic and social school. Since the positive staff have great attitudes when interacting, it reflects in the enthusiastic children and youth along with making them feel like they belong to a family. During this program children and youth will experience doing several activities which includes arts and crafts, swimming, tennis, drama, playing at the park as well as the gym. In addition, they go on field trips such as farms, movies and Wild Water Kingdom.

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This club joined with Focus on Youth because “It’s a good program to get students working with children and it’s an opportunity to give back” Shelly (Dovercourt Staff). The heartwarming experience and individuals at Dovercourt make children and youth look forward to their day spent their day at the “best camp in the world”. – Mia (5 year old camper)

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FOY Staff: Luigi,Tanae, Aniel, Cristina, Aimee, Ischel, Lemuel, Jillian, Joanne, Vanessa
FOY Staff: Luigi, Tanae, Aniel, Cristina, Aimee, Ischel, Lemuel, Jillian, Joanne, Vanessa
FOY Staff: Allison, Luke, Milne
FOY Staff: Allison, Luke, Milne

Summary

Organization: Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

Locations:

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

180 Westmoreland Ave

Toronto, Ontario

M6H 3A2

St. Anthony Catholic School

130 Shanly Street

Toronto, Ontario

M6H 1L9

Dates/Times:

9 Weeks

June 30 –  August 29

9:00am-4:00pm

Contact Info:

Mannie D’Elias – Program Director

mannie@dovercourtkids.com

(416) 536-4102

Website: www.dovercourtkids.com