THE FOCUS: Episode 2–– Education & Family

TCDSB Focus on Youth presents: THE FOCUS Episode 2–– Education & Family

Join us this Thursday, April 29th at 6-7pm. This weeks episode will be joined by special guests Dr. Joel Kerr, Matthew Edwards, Erica Francis, and Mylin Pham.

We will be discussing the different pressures that come along with choosing your career path while still living up to the expectations of your family and friends. We will be going over the different topics relating to time management, coping mechanisms for stress, and the benefits of extra curricular.

Click the link below to join episode two of THE FOCUS! Be sure to share with your friends and we can’t wait to see you all there!

THE FOCUS: Episode 1–– Who Am I

TCDSB Focus on Youth presents: THE FOCUS Episode 1–– Who am I

In this weeks episode we will be discussing the different pressures that youth face today including, transitioning into adulthood, managing responsibilities as well as imposter syndrome within your environment. We will also be discussing the different topics of self-identity and self-awareness as well as how to find “your place” within society.

The panel for this episode will be joined by special guests Derek Chen, Michael Masci, Celia Ieradi, Merle Gonsalvez and Andre Fullerton to share their insights and leadership experiences.

Click the link to join us in the premiere of THE FOCUS webinar series!

FOY After School Tutoring

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join tutoring?
Tutoring is available to all students in the Focus on Youth After School Program. The age groups will be divided between Grades 1 to 4 and Grades 5 to 8. 

When will tutoring run?
Tutoring will run weekly from Tuesday to Friday, 3:30-6:30PM. 

How long will the sessions be?
Each session will be 25 minutes long. Please ensure your child arrives 5 minutes before the scheduled time. The schedule is as follows:

Session Number Start Time and End Time
Session 13:30 pm – 3:55 pm
Session 24:00 pm – 4:25 pm
Session 34:30 pm – 4:55 pm
Session 45:00 pm – 5:25 pm
Session 55:30 pm – 5:55 pm
Session 66:00 pm – 6:25 pm

How many sessions can I book in a week? You can book two sessions a week for your child in either one or two subjects.

How do I book a tutoring session?
Sessions can no longer be booked for the after-school program since it has ended.

What subjects will be offered?
The subjects currently available are English (reading/writing), Math, French, and Science. Parents and guardians can email if there is another subject they would like to see offered. 

Who will my child be paired with?
Your child will be paired with a high school student from the Toronto Catholic District School Board who is trained in tutoring. 

What if my child has a favourite tutor?
As sessions go on, we are hoping to have students matched with tutors they enjoy working with on a regular basis. 

Who can I contact if my child needs any special accommodations?
Please email about any accommodations needed for your child. 

Where can I direct any questions or concerns that I have? 
Please email about any questions or concerns that you may have.

Educational Resources for Students (K-8)

FOY After School Program: REGISTER NOW!

The Focus On Youth After School Program will be starting next week! The program spans eight weeks, running from April 19th to June 4th, 2021. It will take place weekly from Tuesday to Friday, with a Streamyard on Mondays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Children eligible for the after school program must be between the ages of 6 to 13.

The After School sessions will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. Sessions offered will include Arts, Leadership, Sports, and STEAM. The program will also include tutoring sessions to support students in their schoolwork and any areas they wish to improve on, which must be booked in advance.

The daily program will be broken into two sessions. The first session will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end at 4:45 p.m. After, there will be a fifteen-minute break before the second session begins. The second session will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m.

The timeframe for the tutoring sessions will vary based on availability. In order to obtain a session for your child, you must book an appointment for a specific time slot and include the necessary information regarding their desired area of focus. These meetings are available weekly from Monday to Friday. Children eligible for tutoring must already be enrolled in the Focus on Youth program.

Please note that the appointment form for tutoring sessions will be posted after we confirm all camper registrations.

Registration Form for Afterschool Program

If you are having troubles viewing the form, please click here to register.

Contact Information

Feel free to contact if you have any questions.

The Focus: Discussion Panel/Podcast!

Most people have a special place where they can engage in real discussions and deep conversations where thoughts and ideas are expressed without judgement. Our aim is that “The Focus” will be your new safe space.

We are proud to present our first episode of “The Focus” which begins Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 from 6-8pm on Stream Yard. The focus is an online webinar series where students will get the opportunity to discuss the different events that impact youth today. Each week we will have guest speakers from the community to deliver impactful panel discussions for all ages and demographics.

Check back soon for links to other streaming platforms where The Focus will also be available for listening! We hope to see you on Thursday!

FOY Spring Break Confirmation + Parent’s Night

Hello, parents! We want to thank you all for your interest in the Focus on Youth Spring Break Camp. By now you should have received confirmation regarding the enrolment of your child in our Spring Break Camp. The first day of the Spring Day Camp is Monday, April 12th at 10:00am and we hope to see all the campers bright and early!

Also, regarding Parent’s Night, it will be taking place on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00pm. Links for Parent’s Night are to follow shortly so be sure to keep an eye out!

2021 April Break Camp: REGISTER NOW!

April 6 Update

We have currently reached maximum capacity for our April Break Camp. Any camper registrations from this point on will be placed on a waitlist and will receive an email if a spot has opened.

Those who have registered so far will be receiving a confirmation email within the next couple of days.

Thank you so much for your interest and patience.

Program Information and Schedule

Focus on Youth is offering an April Break Camp for students ages 6-13 who attend TCDSB schools! Our camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. from April 12 to 16 and offer activities from four sections: Arts, Sports, Leadership, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).

Waitlist Registration Form

Please complete the following form to be placed on the waitlist for April Break Camp.

Contact Information

Please email if you have any further questions!

Focus on Youth–Week 3 Recap

Welcome to Footsteps to Success 2020. This week’s theme was Spirit Week! This week, the STEAM sector created confetti cannons, painted carnations, and created a community map! The Sports sector has been teaching kids about different sports, such as soccer, basketball and volleyball! The staff teach and demonstrate different types of workouts, such as cardio and drill exercises! The Leadership sector taught campers about Footsteps to Success and Focus On Youth, multiculturalism, as well as hosting collaborative games. The Arts sector

Focus on Youth–Week 2 Recap

Welcome to Footsteps to Success 2020. This week’s theme was Reclaim Your Voice Week! This week, camp staff touched on topics such as Calls to Action. Campers had the opportunities to learn that their voices have power. Our sessions were age appropriate in order to educate our future leaders. We started our week off with some more ice breaker games like last week and more activities that aligned with our theme!

Campers had the chance to learn about chemical reactions and learn how the simple reaction of vinegar and baking soda, can make something being like a volcano. They also had a chance to do activities that were related to the theme of this week, like encouraging them to speak more during sessions. Rules were also stated to make sure that each camper was contributing to the safe and inclusive space that each session provides. Campers were also shown example case studies to encourage speaking up during conflicts and doing the right thing.

Focus on Youth–Week 1 Recap

To start this year’s program, we have introduced four disciplines, Arts, Sports, STEAM, and Leadership! Campers get to learn about these four areas of focus each day, each session lasting for one hour. Camp counsellors have been split into one of four groups to successfully run camps. On Monday’s and Friday’s, our organizational team, H4 Focus On Youth Workshop Team or our media team. On these days, one of two teams will have their own games and lessons planned for the day. 

Every week has a set theme, week 1 being Welcome Week! This week’s theme focused on building a better community by investing in the youth. Camp staff created an accepting and safe space to help support and maximize the potential of each camper. Many icebreakers and warm-up games were played to get to know the campers better and loosen up the nervous energy from being in a new setting. Future skills and ideas were introduced through icebreakers. For the Leadership sessions, icebreakers that involved communication, confidence and decision making were discussed to help familiarize campers with upcoming themes.

Here is the recap video for Week 1!

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