PROFILE: UrbanArts (Chaminade)

Urban Arts is committed to the goal of building inclusive, engaged communities by enriching peoples’ lives through the arts, culture and heritage, with programs, services and resources delivered within the former City of York boundaries, with a focus on York South-Weston.

UrbanArts is a progressive, not-for-profit Community Arts Council (CAC)/Local Arts Service Organization (LASO) providing opportunities for diverse cultural expression, artistic development, training and employment. Kids partake in various activities that take forms of different expression of artistic perspectives, to allow them to discover newfound passions.

UrbanArts in the process of transitioning its delivery of programs and services to include the broader community with a focus on youth. The programming stretches in reach to include 7 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. These are neighbourhoods that the City of Toronto has identified as areas deserving extra attention based on factors including economic opportunities, civic engagement, walkability and accessibility to green space and healthy food, and population health. The goal of the camp is centred around providing kids with the opportunity to grow in their artistic skills and develop friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

SUMMARY:

Organization:
UrbanArts

Location:
Chaminade College School
490 Queens Dr, North York, ON M6L 1M8

Dates/Times:
July 2nd – August 9th
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Age:
8 years old – 12 years old

Contact Information:
Spencer Phillips
Email: spencer@urbanartstoronto.org
Phone: 416.241.5124

Website:
urbanartstoronto.org

Profile: Earlscourt-Creche Child Development Institute (Camp Wimodausis)

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Child Development Institute (CDI), is a renowned children’s mental health agency based in Toronto. They offer programs for children, youth, and their families, across four streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, the Integra Program and Healthy Child Development. They are particularly known for their world renowned Early Intervention behavioural therapy program SNAP, which stands for Stop Now And Plan. SNAP is an evidence-based cognitive behavioural model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. Out of all the SNAP programs offered, the focus extends to a particular program called Camp Wimodausis.

Camp Wimodausis is a specialized SNAP day camp for children ages 6 to 11 whose social and behaviour problems would otherwise prevent them from attending a summer day camp. The program is highly-structured to maximize opportunities for success. In small groups of six, with two qualified counselors, children learn to use SNAP to manage their behaviour, exercise self-control and resolve problems. Children participate in fun and educational activities including arts and crafts, sports, music, swimming, special interest clubs, weekly field trips, nature hikes and theme days.

The primary goal of SNAP in Camp Wimodausis is to keep children and youth in school and out of trouble by helping them make better choices “in the moment.” Their family-focused approach puts families first. They work with each child and family’s unique strengths, needs and challenges. They help them to uncover their abilities, give them tools to succeed, and support them in overcoming challenges in life.

Marisa, a parent who has seen the first-hand benefits of this camp, recalls her experience with her son Andreas.

That one small step has changed so much for us. Andreas now knows what he needs to do to get through a difficult situation without losing his cool, which has made a big difference in his behaviour. After all these years, and life’s ups and downs, I know that CDI will always be there for me.”

(excerpt taken from the camp’s charity website)

FOY Staff

Summary

Organization:
Earlscourt-Creche Child Development Institute

Location:
46 St Clair Gardens, Toronto, ON M6E 3V4

Dates/Times (2019):
Two summer sessions in July and August, 2019
8:30am-4:00pm

Age:
6 – 11 years old

Contact Information:
Anna (Supervisor)
416-603-1827
avetro@childdevelop.ca

Website:
https://www.childdevelop.ca

PROFILE: Tropicana Community Services (St. Gabriel Lalemant)

Tropicana Community Services Camp (TCS) has been running for 37 years. TCS was founded by Robert Brown, in which he had the assistance with immigrants from the Carribean. The name “Tropicana” originated from the word tropical (“tropi-) and “-cana” from Canada, forming the name Tropicana.

Tropicana believes in creating a recreational program, while integrating education in their activities. Camp is more than playing games and doing arts and crafts, the camp also provides a STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math) program. Campers experience fun-filled days of playing sports and doing arts and crafts. Tropicana also takes kids on weekly trips, which ranges from swimming to watching movies.

Tropicana focuses on different themes each week with their games and activities. The camp also gives campers to express themselves in various forms of art like visual arts, drama, and dance. Tropicana also allows the campers to express themselves through 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 for more.

FOY STAFF (Left to right): Akasha Lowe, Simmone Pillay, Adia Joseph-Williams, Rachel Schuler

SUMMARY:

Organization:
Tropicana Community Services Camp

Location: 
St. Gabriel Lalemant (160 Crow Trail, Scarborough, ON M1B 1Y3)

Dates: 
July 6 to August 9, 2019

Times: 
9:00am-5:00pm

Contact Information:
Amanda Bridgelal
(416)-439-9009
abridgelal@tropicanacommunity.org

Website: 
http://tropicanacommunity.org

Profile: St Alban’s Boys and Girls Club (Lawrence Heights Middle School)

The St Albans Boys & Girls Club was founded in 1949 and has over 100 Clubs located in 700 community service locations across Canada. They have passionate, well trained staff and volunteers who lead various programs and services such as daycare, after school, sports, youth leadership, summer camp, arts programs, employment programs and more. At St. Alban’s, they aim to maintain and strengthen the services for children and youth while growing to meet the changing needs of the community.

This boys and girls club is widely known as “a good place to be”. This is because they continue to do activities like arts and crafts, physical activities that include Ultimate Frisbee and Dodge ball, children and youth learn and develop team building, social and sportsmanship skills. In addition these programs are for all ages and once a week they go on exciting trips to places like African Lion Safari, Fantasy Fair, beaches and the movie theater.

The Boys & Girls club encourage positive attitudes all around and a make sure the campers feel strong sense of community. Many of the younger children and youth have made special friendships with each other which show in their cheering and support for one another. The smiles and laughs at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club showcase that campers and staff alike have an amazing time and look forward to spending their day together.

FOY Staff Members

Summary:

Organization: 
St Alban's Boys and Girls Club (Lawrence Heights Middle School)

Locations:
50 Highland Hill, North York, ON M6A 2R1

Dates & Time:
July 2-August 9 from 9am-4pm

Ages:
6-12
Contact Information:
akellia@stalbansclub.ca
(647) 427-4929

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

The Delta Resource Center (St. Roch)

Founded in 1981. Delta Family Resource Center is a non-profit, community-based agency which is committed to enhancing the potential of families and children by supporting their needs. They provide a wide range of programs, services and activities that enhance individual skills and promotes well-being and healthy communities. Delta is known for strength in effective outreach, collaboration and strong programs. Delta’s many programs and services including youth leadership, black youth in transition, after school programs and summer camps.

Every week the center has a different program or theme running which can be fun but influential for the kids at the same time. In the morning, the staff in charge for that day leads an important discussion. After the discussion, they would play a game based on what they learn so that they could, hopefully, take something away. Overall, the camp’s goal is to promote good behaviour within youth to better their relationship with family and friends.

Not only do they have valued discussions, but they always ensure that the kids are having fun and feeling comfortable. Whether that’s through sports, dance, swimming, games, singing, or free time, the staff prioritizes the campers’ safety and full participation. The camp also goes on weekly trips, places include Sky Zone, High Park, the Zoo, Museums and more! These trips allow the staff and children to bond.

FOY Staff Members

Summary:

Organization:
Delta Resource Center

Location:
St Roch Elementary School
174 Duncanwoods Dr, North York, ON M9L 2E3

Date:
July 2nd to August 9th
9:30am-4:00pm

Ages:
5 - 13

Contact Information:
rfuentes@dfrc.ca

Website:
https://dfrc.ca/aboutUs.html

Profile: Custodial-Our Lady of Fatima

Focus on Youth offers many jobs to high school students as Camp Counsellors, Media Team and Administrator. Although there is one lesser known but highly valued position, Custodial. Out of the hundreds of students hired, a select few are chosen to be custodians.

Everyday the custodians comes in bright and early at 7:30am and begins his daily routine, his day ends by 3:30pm. Alongside his coworkers, they select a classroom, and usually start with the furniture. They ensure that all desks and chairs are empty and clean. They then take them out so they can begin cleaning the floors and the walls.

Once they complete a few rooms within the school, they move on to cleaning the bathrooms, ensuring that all toilets, urinals, sinks, walls, floors, and ceiling are clean. Without the hard work of these custodians and their co-workers, the school wouldn’t be clean inside and out, especially for the upcoming year.

This custodian is working at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and has been working with the custodians who work at the school during the academic year.

PROFILE: Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (St. Thomas More)

The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough has 19 branches across East Ontario that continue to help the youth thrive within their respective communities. Since 1953, their main goal is giving exciting opportunities to thousands of kids and help them to become healthy, independent individuals.

This branch of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is situated at St. Thomas More Catholic School. They take care of children ages 6-12 and give them numerous, exciting activities throughout the summer. The activities include camp games and arts and crafts. To cool off during the summer, every week the camp goes to the park and splash pad. Overall, the kids are able to make great memories as well as meet new friends.

The environment at this branch of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is a cheery and diverse place. They teach respect and collaboration among all the children. Moreover, every employee at this camp makes sure that each child cared for. There is always something exhilarating happening! It sure is “a good place to be!”

Summary

Organization:
Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough

Location:
2300 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1G 3M7

Dates/Times:
July 2 – August 16
8am – 4pm

Age:
6 – 12 years old

Contact Information:
416-281-0262
tprimo@esbgc.org

Website:
https://esbgc.net/

Programs: East

Below is a list of all of the organizations that Focus on Youth partners with in the EAST end of the city. 

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FOOTSTEPS TO SUCCESS:

TROPICANA COMMUNITY SERVICES

SCARBOROUGH BASKETBALL

EAST BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB:

  • St. Thomas More
  • St. Brendan

LIVE FOR BALL

COMMUNITY LIVING

PEACCE

THE CHILD EXPERIENCE

AGINCOURT COMMUNITY SERVICES

WEST SCARBOROUGH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

THE EDUCATION ACADEMY

MINGHUI SCHOOL

UNITED YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS

BLUE JAYS:

  • Brahms
  • Gordonridge
  • Markham/Eglinton
  • Kingston Galloway

Profile: West Neighbourhood House (St. Francis of Assisi C.S.)

West Neighbourhood House is a social services agency that offers a variety of programs ranging from social assistance programs for adults, to camps and after school programs for children across Toronto. One of the many locations where West Neighbourhood House holds their summer day camps is in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. From various locations in the past to their current programs, West Neighbourhood House has been part of the lives and hearts of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds since 1912.

St. Francis of Assisi provides a full day program for eight weeks during the summer break for children 6 to 12 years of age. This program takes place in an integrated setting where children with different abilities come together to participate to their fullest potential.  The camp includes a variety of social and recreational activities ranging from sports, arts & crafts, skill-based games, child-directed and activities as well as swimming.  Regular visits to many community parks and Toronto attractions such as the Ontario Science Centre, C.N.E. and Harbourfront occur and are the highlights of the program. 

During the day, the children were busy preparing to celebrate a special event in St. Francis of Assisi dubbed “International Day”. Each child had a role in helping for this event, whether it was through crafts, or through games. This day celebrates what makes us all special by appreciating different cultures around the world in a variety of ways unique to camps in West Neighbourhood house.

From crafts that display different countries, to games from around the world that kids like them play as well. Cultural exposure is a key value in West Neighbourhood house, where people of over 60 cultures and over 40 languages all call this organization home. These special events are all part of the day to day examples of the hard work the people of this organization put out in order to build a stronger and more inclusive community in order to raise the next generation of future leaders.

FOY STAFF

Video:

Summary

Organization:
West Neighbourhood House

Location:
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
80 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6G 2Y3

Dates/Times (2019):
July 2 – August 23
8:30am – 4:30pm

Age:
6 – 12 years old

Contact Information:
Tyheria (Site Director)
416-532-4828 ext. 124
typheriaph@westnh.org

Website:
http://www.westnh.org/

PROFILE: Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre

Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre was established in 1972. Eastview is committed to improving the lives of those residing within the area bounded by Greenwood, Broadview, Danforth, and Queen Streets. They mobilize resources to provide a community that is united and safe.

Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre specifically has a Boys and Girls Club for the youth which runs for the duration of July to mid-August. The camp runs from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM for campers and offer activities focusing on: sports, fitness, natural science, creative arts, and musical theatre/dance. Eastview also provides numerous programs and services to children, youth, family seniors and newcomers. However, their summer camp primarily focuses on giving children a summer that involves opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, and have an unforgettable summer.

Aside from giving kids an unforgettable summer, the camp also accommodates for children with special needs. Their main goal is to provide a safe and inclusive environment to the campers. So regardless of who you are, the Eastview Community will welcome you and treat you like their own. Eastview strives to have children become more active in a safe environment, rather than having them spend their days in front of a screen. Eastview continues to build a stronger and inclusive community.

Summary

Organization:
Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre

Location:
86 Blake St, Toronto, ON M4J 3C9

Dates/Times:
July 2 to August 23, 2019
8:30am-4:00pm

Age:
5 years old – 11 years old

Contact Information:
Laurette Jack
4163921769 x 315
laurettejack@eastviewcentre.com

Website:
www.eastviewcentre.com

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