This group of centrally staffed Focus on Youth Leaders was assembled to give you the highlights of all Focus on Youth programs, from Scarborough to Etobicoke. They also promote Focus on Youth to future leaders looking for employment and provide the chance to reach out to fellow youth in Toronto neighbourhoods.
Michael Consul (Manager): Mike is a jack of all trades, and a real tech nerd. He has served as a Student Leadership Coordinator for the TCDSB, in addition to being a certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Facilitator. A Mcgill University Graduate, Mike has also been the recipient of the Teachers that Make a Difference Award, the Provincial Exemplary Practice Award, and the TCDSB Best Practice award. He was recently awarded Teacher of the Year for 2016. On top of everything else, he’s also coached baseball, softball, volleyball, and badminton at the high school level. One of Mike’s favourite quotes: The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.
Rachel Banaag (Supervisor): As Rachel Banaag enters her final year at Blessed Mother Teresa CSS, she has become quite the busy bee. You can find her juggling her free time as she plays sports, is alongside Student Government as school President or even at the school board as CSLIT’s Public Relations Coordinator. She loves school so much that she aspires to never leave the learning environment with hopes to become a teacher in the near future, specifically a high school teacher. Standing only at 5’2, her ecstatic and positive outlook on life makes up for such a small person, especially with her loud voice, you can’t miss her. Rachel strongly believes that yes, you CAN do all things through Christ who gives you strength. (Phil.4:13)
Commonly known as the Media Team, this group consists of diverse individuals specializing in various aspects of technology and media. They are also trained student leaders geared with exemplary skills and qualities.
Karina is a 2016 high school graduate from Blessed Archbishop Romero. She graduated as an Ontario Scholar with an award in Media Studies. She is continuing her education at Humber College in the coming fall for Graphic Design while expanding her entrepreneurial business as KarinaTheArtist. One day she plans on touring the entire world because as Walt Disney said “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Angelito is currently a student from Jean Vanier CSS. In the past three years of high school, he has maintained a high standing average while participating in multiple extracurricular activities including Student Council, Athletic Council, the Youth Volunteerism Ambassador Program, Eco-Club, Math Club and as well as the Youth Group. Angelito is also an active member of the community with hundreds of volunteer hours, and participates in different sports teams including Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field. He is entering his final year with a positive attitude, a desire to continue learning, and a passion to constantly give back to the community. After high school, Angelito wishes to pursue Mechanical, Civil, or Aerospace Engineering. His quote to live by: “Failure is a part of the process, so learn to seize the day to make extraordinary.”
Josette Joseph is a recent International Baccalaureate graduate from St. John Paul II. On top of constantly hitting the books, Josette also served as Student Council President and CSLIT Public Relations Coordinator. She will be attending Western University in the fall to study business. With her business degree, her fascination with communication and her outgoing and talkative personality, Josette aspires to become a publicist. In terms of short-term goals, Josette aspires to become your next favourite über driver, to dance professionally and to continue spreading peace, love and positivity wherever she goes. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” -E. Wharton
Vincent Vu is a graduate from Chaminade College School. In his senior year, he has been involved in many extracurricular activities around the school such as Student Council, CGSA club, environmental club, and many more. He can be usually found playing sports or volunteering in the community on weekends. Aside from his hobbies, Vincent wishes to pursue Electrical Engineering at Ryerson University this coming fall. Vincent always remains positive and eager to learn as he goes by the quote, “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” (Arthur Rubinstein) #staywoke #dontsleep #ganggang #camera #picture #tripod #stable
Gabrielle Lee is a student currently studying at Father John Redmond CSS. Her hobbies consist of drawing and knitting, and she has been a part of a number of clubs in her school, including Eco Club, Chess Club, Library Committee, and Yearbook Committee. She likes photography and digital arts. Gabrielle has not made plans for her future school yet, but plans to pursue a career in the medical field. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” – Oliver Wendell Homes Jr.
Mark Jim is currently a student at Monsignor Percy Johnson C.S.S, Mark enters his final year with a sharp mind and a desire to learn Physics. Mark is seen in the office everyday setting up the atrium TV. Mark spends most of his time fixing teacher’s computers and problems. Mark is always on-call at any tech needed events. Mark runs by the motto “Technology has to be invented or adopted or fixed.”.
Fred Vadil is a recent graduate from Marshall McLuhan. Aside from aspiring to the very best, like no one ever was, he intends to pursue a media/film based career. Whilst maintaining a “thug” reputation, he often watches ‘The Notebook’ everyday before he goes to sleep, sometimes he doesn’t even cry (hence, a thug reputation). Moving on, Fred has a unique interest in films, specifically Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright movies. Another interest he takes pride in is his taste in music, which is open, varying from Gambino, Tyler the Creator, and Rocky to Marvin Gaye, Slim Jesus, and Arctic Monkeys. Known to be an artistic individual, Fred tends to explore every form of art he can, from sculpting, painting, to hitting the folks. He also pays a substantial amount of attention into detail, incorporating it into each piece of art he produces. In terms of photography and film, he simply considers it an inevitable part of his future, where these specific hobbies form a potential career for Fred. When he isn’t spending his time surprising people with his race, he plays with photoshop, premiere, dreamweaver, blender, etc. As he has an excessive amount of experience in the majority of mainstream softwares, he is able to quickly learn a new one. His favourite quote: “ Never Say Never” – J. Bieber
Julienne Candelaria is a Grade 11 student attending Francis Libermann CHS. She’s a very active member in her school and community. Aside from running circles on the track, getting buckets on the court or getting scoobers using the flick of da wrist, she plays an active leadership role in various clubs and initiatives. From this year’s Student Council Secretary to next year’s CSLIT Director of Administrative Affairs, she continues to take note of what she needs to improve on. Julienne’s passion for helping others drives her to volunteer around the community from serving food at the Good Shepherd Ministries to building homes overseas in the Philippines. If she’s not at school or the CEC, she’s training to improve her physical fitness at the gym, or training to improve her mental wellness at home watching Netflix. Whether it be Suits, Daredevil, Prison Break, Empire she’s probably watched them all at this point. Although she is unsure of what to pursue in post secondary, she aspires to be herself and to be happy. Her favourite quote is: “Live simply so that others may simply live.”
Natalie Dela Cruz is a Graduate from Father Henry Carr C.S.S. Graduated as an Ontario Scholar and completed the S.H.S.M. program in the Arts and Culture. She is either on her laptop editing pictures and videos or volunteering her time at her local parish. As she is continues her studies at York University, she will bring her positive attitude, determination and her many diverse skills everywhere she goes. Even though she not that good in physics, she lives by this quote by physicist Albert Einstein, “You never fail until you stop trying.”