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 favorite quotes: The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.
Jonathan Wilson (Supervisor): Jonathan Wilson is a recent graduate of Saint Mother Teresa Catholic Academy where he was Vice President of Student Government and graduated as an Ontario Scholar. He is going into his 4-year User Experience Design program at Wilfred Laurier University this upcoming September. After a long time contemplating and jumping career focuses from wildlife biology, to space engineering, he has recently acquired a solid idea of what he would like to do for the rest of his life and it lies in the arts and technology. He also would like to take his love for film and turn it into a career. He believes that this program has helped him greatly by providing him with multiple opportunies for him to learn lots of new and valuable info, gain work experience, network, and ultimately be the first step to him reaching his goals. Jonathan has taken on the role of Lead Media Team Member as he goes into his 2nd year apart of the team. He has a deep passion for music; some of his favourite artists include Jay Critch, ASAP Rocky, Kanye West, J. Cole, G Herbo, and Mr.Ed Sheeran. Having playing play the trombone from the age of 2 (if you don’t believe it, he has a pic to prove it) all the way into his high school’s band, Jonathan has reaped the many benefits of playing a musical instrument. Whether is lies in his family or friends, reading, playing video games, or playing sports, he likes to live by the ASAP motto, “always strive and prosper”. His favourite quote is that of Confucius who said “He who says he can and he who says he can’t, are both usually correct”. At the end of the day, Jonathan really likes the idea of making a difference and making the world a better place no matter how small the task.
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.
Emily Lauren Sales is a recent graduate of Saint Mother Teresa Catholic Academy. She has dedicated most of her high school to career to both volunteering in and outside of her school community as well as her academics. She’s been involved with various leadership events such as debriefing at When Faith Meets Pedagogy Youth Forum, PAST Camp, Camp Olympia, iLITE and a variety of CSLIT events. She has jumped between careers in becoming a flight attendant, a chef and at one point a dermatologist. Once she finishes her high school career, Emily has chosen to peruse a career in teaching. She believes that teachers play one of the most important roles in society as they shape the minds of the future generations and is capable of making people fall in love with learning. Emily will be attending Ryerson University in September for Early Childhood Studies and once finished, she will attend teachers college in order to get her teaching degree.
Kurt Haya is a recent graduate of Francis Libermann CHS. He spent most of his time juggling his academics and athletics throughout the four years of his high school career. Throughout high school, he played basketball and ultimate frisbee and his passion for these sports have made him who he is today. A hard-working individual who strives to accomplish his goals no matter how hard they may seem. Also, his passion for music and fashion intertwine together as it shows with his favourite artist such as Frank Ocean, ASAP Rocky, and Kanye West. If he’s looking for them hot jawnz with his fellow jawnz enthusiasts he visits his favourite brands such as Stussy, Balenciaga, Dior, or Raf Simons dreaming he could cop some heat one day. Whether he’s studying for biology and chemistry until 4AM, playing 2K, or on the Four Pins twitter, you can always catch him doing something on his laptop or phone. Kurt will be attending George Brown College in the upcoming fall semester majoring in Practical Nursing as he takes steps towards accomplishing his dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” -Kevin Durant
Jordan Patrick is a recent graduate of St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy where he studied Drama for 3 years as part of the RAP program (Regional Arts Program). He has a strong passion for the arts but also enjoys videography as well as video editing. His interest include a variety of things such as listening to music, computer engineering and gaming, those games include: Overwatch, Brawlhalla and of course, Fortnite. although he’s not the best at them he always seems to have fun which another trait he has, he sees the brighter side of most if not all situations and tends to give advice often. Jordan will be headed off to Humber College Lakeshore Campus to further pursue his career in the arts. Maybe one day you’ll see him in a movie on your T.V. All in all Jordan is an individual who once his mind is set on something he’ll do everything in his power to achieve it. Based on that mentality he likes the famous Albert Einstein quote “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is because he’ll do whatever it takes to succeed and won’t hesitate on trying different methods even if it isn’t something he’s comfortable with, Jordan works hard and will continue to work hard for as long as he feels there’s more to achieve
Bambo Ogunja is a student at Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary school who is working toward becoming a computer engineer and programmer. Bambo also has some side interest in video & photography, web design, graphic design and architectural design. He also enjoys volunteering and enhancing his current skill set, while at the same time gaining a new variety of experience and knowledge.
Ilhunamien Isikhumhen or (Nunu) for short, is a recent graduate of Father Henry Carr C.S.S where he studied for four years. he majored in transportation where he learned to fix cars…so if you ever need an oil change, hit Nunu up. The transportation field influenced him to find his passion in engineering which led to him gaining admission to Centennial college for a 2-year program of mechatronics and another 2-year program at Lake Head University. He has also dedicated his time to Christian service projects such as Feeding the poor, standing up for life, helping out at Scott Mission and St.Francis and fulfilling his Ontario graduate expectations. He also has a passion for photography, videography, and graphic design which he also majored in his last two years of high school and he was also responsible for directing his Graduation video so if he’s not in front of a computer editing videos or watching them…he’s probably somewhere sleeping. With a positive, active and responsible traits, he has learned to manage his time accordingly whilst being a good productive team member who understands his role and wants to achieve greatness because “To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die” – Francois De La Rochefoucauld.
Souren Hosip is a grade 11 that is currently attending Jean Vanier Catholic School. He strives into equipping himself with the necessary skills to become a perfectionist in the areas of media technology (Photoshop, Video editing, Photography, Animation etc). Souren wants to be able to create long lasting memories so that children and staff can be able to relive and rekindle there memories with each other, also for all parents that haven’t decided to take there children into camp to reconsider after watching these camp videos. Souren’s hobbies and interests are editing video/photos, watching anime, drinking aloe vera, thinking about the meaning of life, trying new things, traveling, watch movies and play sports. Some of his favorite movies are “The Nightmare Before Christmas” , “Coco” , “Scarface”, and the “Rocky” series. Rocky Balboa (aka Sylvester Stallone) has been a major role model in his life and was the reason for why he does boxing himself (about 2-3 years). Even though the Rocky movies are funny, action packed, and sad they really hit you hard when it comes to delivering a message. Rocky once said “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”. Souren loves to collect and sneakers and will probably spend about a good 95% of his money on new shoes, he is trying to cop “Shattered Backboards” and “Clay Green 1’s”.
Shawn Luu is a graduate of Marshall McLuhan CSS. He is a dedicated member in his community not so much in his school. After grade 12 he decided to open up as a person with no past experience in leadership, and changed his mindset. Now when Shawn is not making new friends he works on self improvement and being self aware. His interest in human psychology and behaviour has led him to pursue a career in marketing. This interest stemmed further into media. He is ready to learn, and develop his skills in marketing and media with the Focus On Youth Media Team. Shawn’s passion came from working Front Desk at Remax Realtron, Focus On Youth and other experiences. He learned to be social with people of all ages through FOY and other jobs. Shawn is not as qualified as everyone else in the media team, instead he is just an average teen like many people that apply to FOY. He is in the media team to make new friends, memories, and learn new things. He enjoys listening to a variety of music including house, heavy metal, indie, jazz, and much more. Shawn’s favourite quote is “Prepare to swim the english channel and drown in champagne” – Scott Robinson
Ojie son osazuwa is a graduate from SJPII coming from a family of six with three other siblings growing up in crowtrail has given him many life experiences that he will hold with him for the rest of his life. These experiences have caused him to be creative on how he approaches thing ambitious in wanting to achieve higher heights in life, funny cause he knows that the hard times don’t last forever and that there is beauty in the struggle. This mind frame caused him to be aware of the future and prepare for it while being humble and polite to others on the journey that is still in process. Ojie isn’t all about accolades though he love his anime which he grew up on like hit shows like Naruto and One piece. He loves all sports weather it’s NBA all the way down to women’s tennis but most of all he loves music which is something till this day that he can’t live without. Hopefully you meet Ojie one day if not I hope you trust the process
Gabie Reyes is a recent graduate of Mary Ward CSS. She’s a dedicated member in her school and community. When she’s not stressing over units and eating caf cookies, she plays an active leadership role in her TA (Teacher Advisor) class and various clubs and initiatives. Her love for leadership has led her to become an OASIS (Operation Achieve Success in School) Extended Core Leader for incoming grade nine students in her high school and a Peer Buddy in the Best Buddies Program for 3 consecutive years. Gabie’s passion for helping others drives her to volunteer in her community by making beds at Good Shepherd Ministries and serve as a Children’s Group and Youth Group leader in her church ministry. She also had the privilege to volunteer on the TCDSB Philippines service trip this year. Gabie also has a passion for the arts, whether it’s making cute outfits in Fashion Design, taking photos, or jamming out to 90s R&B in the shower. Gabie will be attending Ryerson University as a Registered Nursing student in hopes to uplift others, especially kids. Her favourite quote is: “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – MewTwo