PROFILE: The Royal Ontario Museum

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With Focus on Youth’s partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum for the third year, a few leaders were lucky enough to be placed with this amazing organization.

ROM sign at the entrance

ROM sign at the entrance

Media Team member, Sebastian, poses for a picture in the Biodiversity in ROM

Media Team member, Sebastian, poses for a picture in the Biodiversity area in ROM

The FOY staff are able to obtain life skills and good habits that includes: organization, punctuality, social etiquette, responsibility and being respectful. Their main job is to assist customers, sell tickets, and answer any questions the visitors might have. They also hand out brochures, do administration work, and make sure everything goes smoothly in the museum.

A big dinosaur at the entrance of the museum

A big dinosaur at the entrance of the museum

 

The Focus on Youth members feel so lucky to be part of the ROM staff because they learn so many interesting things about having a career in a historical museum its facts. Learning new things everyday help them stay motivated and passionate about their jobs.

FOY/ROM Staff (left to right):

FOY/ROM Staff (left to right): Nichole, Samantha, Carol, Jillian, Tajay, and Alexandra Cooper (Supervisor)

Summary:

Organization:

Royal Ontario Museum

Location:

100 Queens Park

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6

Dates/Times:

9:30PM – 5:30PM

Contact Info:

Alexandra Cooper

acooper@rom.on.ca

(416) 586-5510

Website:

http://www.rom.on.ca/en

Media Team: Centre Island

Continuing our journey with this program, the Media Team takes on Centre Island for our third trip.

Just waiting to get in the ferry, off to Centre Island we go!

Just waiting to get in the ferry, off to Centre Island we go!

As we begin our adventure, Mike Consul started the day with a prayer after we got off the ferry. Then, we discussed about each team’s posters to give feedbacks and improvements. Our supervisor, Doris, informed us with some announcements about the upcoming Camp Day with Footsteps to Success camp. After our discussion, Mike decided to try to catch a fish for a bit.

The team discusses about future events

The team discusses about future events

When we finished with our morning topic, we decided to find a place to eat lunch. Shortly after lunch, the West end and East end team decided to film some clips for our music video, while Mike continues to fish.

Lunch time for everyone

Lunch time for everyone

After filming enough clips for our videos, the team decided to bike around the island with a quad-cycle – a bicycle with four people. Here we learned the true meaning of “teamwork” as we competed who can be the fastest. The first team consisted of: Neil, Rachel, Karen, and Francesca. Then second team included: Dana, Kevin, Keesha, and Sebastian. Lastly, the third team were: Mike, Chase, Doris, Aaliyah, and Natalie.

There was a lot of walking this day

There was a lot of walking this day

Each person in each bike had to pedal in order for it to work and be balanced. As we race and pedal away, the first two teams had to stop as both bikes broke down. Sebastian and Kevin were able to fix the bike easily, and even though Neil was on the opposite team, they still decided to help him fix their bike. Soon, we all continued our race and everyone’s competitive side was revealed, even Mike’s!

We then took a break for a few minutes to take pictures of the beautiful skyline of Toronto and just appreciate the scenery. After, we all went back to where we started and in the end, every team won!

Taking a break from our quad-cycle race

Taking a break from our quad-cycle race

Being all hot and sweaty after the race, we went back to the fountain to cool off. The water was very cool and refreshing everyone took off their shoes and went in the fountain. While everyone was just freshening up and splashing each other, Sebastian decided to collect the coins that was in the fountain. He sure is going to get a lot of bad luck!

This might be the end of our day, but this is not the end of our journey. We still have a lot to learn, experience new things, and practice life skills. This day just made everyone even closer together not just as a team, but as a family!

A beautiful view of the skyline of Toronto

A beautiful view of the skyline of Toronto

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EVENT: Footsteps to Success Camp Day

Camp day was an exciting and fantastic day for both campers, Focus on Youth Staff, and Media Team members.

This showcases both Footsteps camps from Father Henry Carr and Blessed Mother Theresa, along side with NBA player Anthony Bennett

This showcases both Footsteps camps from Father Henry Carr and Blessed Mother Theresa, along side with NBA player Anthony Bennett

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Doris, instructing the media team members on the different activities

The day started at Father Henry Carr, with the Media Team and the Focus on Youth Supervisors help preparing the games and activity for the day. The day would be planned as each camp will divide equally to 8 teams and they will compete with the rival opposing camp, in each game. The kids will have to play such amazing games as, wheel barrow, rugby, spin shot, obstacle course, and many more.

When the day started and the children came, the games were underway. The campers worked hard and so did the staff — not only volunteering just to play games but also to serve and clean up through out the day. Around noon the kids and staff had lunch, the hot dogs and burgers were amazingly prepared by our Focus on Youth supervisors.

When the day was over and the points were tallied up, the campers and the staff got to meet Toronto’s own NBA Player Anthony Bennett. The number one draft pick was holding his skills camp here in the same place as us, so with arrangements, the campers and staff were able to see Anthony Bennett and take a picture with him. Its was a great day for everyone, its not an average day in the summer in which you get free food, play games and get to meet NBA players. Footsteps To Success Camp Day is an one of a kind camp, with one of kind kids and one of a kind Focus on Youth Staff and Supervisors.

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PROFILE: S.M.A.R.T Camp

logoSMART Camp stands for Sports, Math, and RecTraining Camp with cooperative and interactive games in an engaging manner. This educational camp is truly a win-win situation for both the campers and parents because “kids get smart, parents get peace of mind”.

Campers estimate the distance from the start line to where they hit their golf ball

Campers estimate the distance from the start line to where they hit their golf ball

In addition to their educational activities, the camp also offers arts and crafts with toys and games to play during the program. The camp focuses on the physical skills through drills and co-operative games such as: soccer, volleyball, golfing and basketball. Their math program include the topics of: place value, estimation, geometry, surveys/graphs and problem solving.

The camp supervisor, Gerry, talks to the campers before they get started

The camp supervisor, Gerry, talks to the campers before they get started

The SMART Camp also focuses on arts and crafts which include: gimp, painting, tie dye, clay, face painting, paper mache and drawing. Parents have even described the camp’s approach, “Sound Math in a Sound Body” as “sliding education in through the side door”.

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FOY staff:

FOY staff (From left to right): Michael, Taelor

Summary:

Organization: 

Smart Camp

Location:

24 Mountjoy Ave.

Toronto, ON

Dates/Time:

June 29 – August 21

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ages:

4 – 12

Contact information: 

smartcamp@rogers.com

(416) 419-8408

Website: 

http://www.smartcamp.org/

PROFILE: Centre for Spanish Speaking People

download (1)     The Centre for Spanish Speaking People organization is a camp for kids from 7 to 13 years. The camp’s mission is “to respond to the various needs of the Spanish speaking community, particularly newcomers”. The campers’ high level of energy  along with the friendly staff create an amazing atmosphere for these kids to spend their summer.

Campers lining up to go to the castle in High Park

Campers lining up to go to the castle in High Park

With the endless activities this camp has, there is never a dull moment! The campers remain active with outdoor/indoor games such as: volleyball, dodgeball, basketball and soccer. Along with these activities, but they also go on weekly trips where the campers get to experience new things and explore a different environment.

The campers ride on the train to tour High Park

The campers ride on the train to tour High Park

They also offer arts and crafts where they can develop their creativity and imagination. They learn how to paint, draw, sing, dance and perform. The staff make sure that every single camper is able to express their unique, encouraging their growth and talents. Ultimately, they make sure that the kids have an amazing summer!

FOY Staff:

FOY Staff: (TOP: from left to right) Celina, Jessica, Gieselle, Czarina, (BOTTOM) Princess, Zachary

Summary:

Organization:

Centre for Spanish Speaking People

Location:

St. Martha Catholic School

1865 Sheppard Ave. W

Toronto, ON

Dates/Time:

July 6th – August 14th

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact information:

Provvidenza Dearcangelis

Provvi1@hotmail.com

(647) 966-8040

Website:

http://www.spanishservices.org/

PROFILE: Urban Arts

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Supported by the Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Urban Arts was founded in the early 2000’s by a group of people who loved art, drama, and performing in the Weston-Mount Dennis community. Their goal was to engage the youth about the importance of arts, and expressing themselves as a person. As their motto says, they strive to make a difference by “Engaging youth through the arts.”

Media Team member Sebastian showing magic tricks to the campers!

Media Team member Sebastian showing magic tricks to the campers!

The Urban Arts is a non-for-profit organization that offers many different programs such as music, dance, singing, cooking, visual arts, and leadership. Throughout the years, this organization has accommodated about 400 campers in their program!

The girls taking a picture while their karaoke is being set up

The girls taking a picture while their karaoke is being set up

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Kimberly at the Urban Arts studio

The camp provides six weeks of summer programming that serves more than 60 youth from 8 to 29 years old. Their purpose is to promote, engage, and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations and community members.

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Campers baking cookies with Reggie

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Camper helping to mix in the ingredients

If you love the arts as much as these kids do, Urban Arts is the place to be!

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FOY STAF: (From left to right) Reggie, Kyle, Shameika, Andy, Brianna, Kimberly

Summary:

Organization:

Urban Arts

Location:

St. Bernard Catholic School

12 Duckworth St.

Toronto, ON

Dates/Time:

July 6th – August 14th

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Contact information:

Marlene McKintosh

info@urbanartstoronto.org

(416) 241-5124

Website:

http://www.urbanartstoronto.org

PROFILE: Community MicroSkills Development

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Community MicroSkills Development camp is a unique organization with groundbreaking ideas. This program aims to give youth and adults aged 13 to 29 an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Through training and support, they are able to achieve their economic goals and action plans.

Campers learn about entrepreneurship

Youth learn about entrepreneurship

Through Microskills, the youth are able to take advantage of program benefits such as:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Networking tips from young mentors and business professionals
  • Entrepreneurial projects and activities
  • Summer / March break camps
  • Business startup and operation
FOY staff playing volleyball with campers during their break

FOY staff playing volleyball with youth during their break

This centre is not only about work, but having fun! Despite the business aspects of the program, the youth also have the chance to interact with physical activities and games. This program is far from mundane – it focuses on essential life skills, shaping the youth into young business owners. With the help of Focus on Youth staff who prepare the games and activities, the participants continue to grow into successful individuals.

FOY Staff:

FOY staff: Jessica and Barbara

Summary:

Organization:

Community MircoSkills Development

Location:

Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School

2 St. Andrews Blvd.

Dates/Times:

July 6 – August 14

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ages:

13 – 18

Contact Information:

Michelle Tinker

(416) 247-7181 ext. 2606

Website: 

http://www.microskills.ca/