PROFILE: The Education Academy

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     The Education Academy is a French summer day camp offered for children between the ages of 5-14. The organization was founded in 2008 by a parent committee to focus on character development in students as they strive to meet their educational needs.


Campers taking their break while learning about French

This camp operates at St. Aidan Catholic School, at 3521 Finch Avenue East, just east of Warden Ave. The camp takes place during July 6 – August 14, from 9AM – 4PM.


Patiently waiting for their lunch

At this camp, children focus on the importance of being in a bilingual country and focus half of their day integrating the French language. Throughout the other half of the day, they learn leadership and cooperation through arts and crafts, sports, and outdoor activities.

As they collaborate with Focus on Youth, the FOY staff, TEA organization, and campers all benefit from one another. They all learn cooperation and high energy and enthusiasm through one another.

FOY staff: top row (left to right): Connor (Neil,) Nick (Neil,) Sarah (Neil,) Trenedee (Libermann,) Bernadette (BMT,) Colleen (Libermann,) Rodell (BMT,) Kyle (Neil.) bottom row (left to right): Zaria (Neil,) Odette (Libermann,) Daniella (Libermann,) Sarah (Neil.)

FOY staff:
top row (left to right): Connor (Neil,) Nick (Neil,) Sarah (Neil,) Trenedee (Libermann,) Bernadette (BMT,) Colleen (Libermann,) Rodel (BMT,) Kyle (Neil.)
bottom row (left to right): Zaria (Neil,) Odette (Libermann,) Daniella (Libermann,) Sarah (Neil.)


Organization: The Education Academy

Location: St. Aidan: 3501 Finch Ave E., Toronto, ON, M1W 2S2

Dates: July 6 to August 14, 2014

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm

Age: 5 years old – 14 years old

Contact Information:
Annie Zhu


PROFILE: Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club


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    Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club was founded in 1957 by a group of people who were concerned about kids and decided to start up a club to allow children to be involved in the community. Home to over 200 kids per week, the camp pushes their hardest to assure that they have an unforgettable summer.


Playing a game of baseball

The camp strives to focus on education throughout the summer to assure that the campers do not lose their literacy and numeracy skills. They want their campers to bring what they learned over the summer back to school.


Happy campers

However, they don’t just focus on academics for six week. As the olympics are right in the heart of our city, the theme for this year is Pan Am. Besides attending Pan Am events, the camp also visits different places like the Toronto Zoo, African Lion Safari, and of course swimming to cool off on a long day.


FOY staff from left to right: Hikmot, Deborah, Stephanie, Alani (all from Grad Centre)


Organization: Dovercourt Boys and Girls: St. Rita’s

Location: 178 Edwin Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 3Z9

Dates: July 6 to August 14, 2014

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm

Contact Information:
Tony Palermo



Aside from the well known position of working as a Camp Counselor, Custodians were hired as well through Focus on Youth. These custodians are placed throughout most of the schools working closely with a caretaker for the upcoming school year. This custodian, Jasswin Deniston is one of the many special custodians working today.


Sorting out library books

Placed at his elementary school, St. Lawrence, Jasswin takes pride in cleaning in, out, and all around the school. He wakes up every morning with huge motivation to keep him going throughout the day. He works from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM making sure that everything is clean and safe before September hits.


Jasswin with his caretaker

He starts off every morning with a litter check around the school to keep the environment clean and eco-friendly. Afterwards he assists his caretaker with tasks that are needed to be done such as: cleaning the desks, waxing the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, and many more.


Getting ready to mop the floors

We wish Jasswin best of luck as he enters his final year of high school at Senator O’Connor.


Jasswin the Custodian

PROFILE: United Youth of Canada


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United Youth of Canada is an organization founded in 2008 by Andrea Tull and her husband. The main purpose of the camp is to “Reach, Teach and Empower our Youth.” The camp runs various activities for the kids from sports, to arts, to even community service.


Playing freeze dance!

The camp is located at St. Ignatius Catholic School, near McCowan Rd. and Finch Ave E. This camp runs from July 9th to August 4th. Throughout the summer, the kids are placed in different groups to work together as a team and to make new friendships. Each team earns points for competitions and games. The team with the most points at the end of the week, receives a prize.


Crabwalking their way to the finish line

Each day, the camp emphasizes on a specific topic, like nature or even drama/dance. Through these daily activities, the kids further expand their imagination. The children are encouraged to work independently and in teams. They focus on positive peer relationships, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem levels, and allow the children to work on their leadership/mentoring abilities.

FOY staff: Layla (Libermann) and Stacy (Libermann)

FOY staff: Layla (Libermann) and Stacy (Libermann)


Organization: United Youth of Canada: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Location: 2350 McCowan Rd., Toronto, ON, M1S 4B4

Dates: July 6 to August 4, 2014

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm

Contact Information:
Andrea Tull


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PROFILE: Tropicana Community Services


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Tropicana Community Services was founded about 35 years ago by Robert Brown who wanted to assist with the transition for those emigrating from the Caribbean. The company’s name was formed from “tropi-” in Tropical and “-cana” from Canada, making the known name of Tropicana. 


Campers preparing for their mini-Caribana!

The camp’s main goal is to promote multiculturalism. The staff strongly believes that learning about other cultures and backgrounds at a young age is really important. As Canada is called a “Mosaic,” the camp works hard to let the children see new things with an open mind.


Warming up for dance class!

At Camp Tropicana, the camp’s theme was Pan Am centered. Aside from the Toronto Olympics, the camp goes focuses on the arts, like visual arts, drama, and dance. The camp allows the campers to express themselves in show and tells, and talent shows. Every day is a new and high energy day at this camp, the children leave each day eager to come back tomorrow.

FOY staff (from left to right): Wren (Vanier) Melanie (BMT) Helen (BMT)

FOY staff (from left to right): Wren (Vanier) Melanie (BMT) Helen (BMT)


Organization: Tropicana Community Services

Location: St. Barnabas: 30 Washburn Way, Scarborough,ON,M1B 1H3

Dates: July 6 to August 14, 2014

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm

Contact Information:
Bernadette Hood


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MEDIA TEAM TRIP: Rouge Valley Park


Morning Media Team Meet Up.

Morning Media Team Meet Up.

In the words of our supervisor, Doris Adao, “there’s comfort in knowing you have a team to fall back on.” As we journeyed through this trip, we realized that through the struggles of steep hills and riverbanks, the reward of an amazing view was worth it.

After a few minutes of travelling through a field and working our way up the hill, we cam across an open beautiful view of the valley.

We learned that following a certain colour marked on the tree means that you’re following a specific trail. If ever you’re lost, just look for a common colour painted on the tree bark!

We then learned the importance of team-building and trusting one another. We found a large fallen tree and every one of us fell backwards into the arms of our teammates. It was an intense trust exercise, but we all formed a stronger bond through this exercise.

After replenishing our strength from catching everyone by eating lunch, we set on a journey through the river. There were a lot of rocks in this river and by a lot, I mean A LOT   Which made the venture through much more exciting. In this river, we also caught a couple of fish!

After venturing through the river and a couple slips and falls here and there, we finally made it back to the dry land. We hiked through the forest for a couple more minutes and then made our way to the bridge. We became 13 grumpy old trolls who lived under the bridge.

PROFILE: Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough

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Visit their website!

     The Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough (BGCWS) has been the centre of the West Scarborough Community since 1956 when it was initiated by the Scarborough Civitan Service Club through community action. To this day, the Boys and Girls Club continues to provide support for the community.
Making a delicious batch of cupcakes

Making a delicious batch of cupcakes

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.” They strive to do this everyday as they greet campers with a smile in the morning and keep them energized and excited as the day progresses.
Playing duck, duck, goose

Playing duck, duck, goose

The camp focuses not only on fun and games but also education during the summer. The campers go over their numeracy and literacy skills, while having fun. In addition to these activities, the camp is full of endless fun such as baking, swimming, nature walks, and many more!


Organization: Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough: Immaculate Heart of Mary

Location: 101 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1N 3J7

Dates: July 6th – August 14th

Times: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact Information:
Tanya Morris
(647) 784-3353