PROFILE: The Royal Ontario Museum

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“The ROM relies on its people to fulfill its mission and vision. Employees and volunteers are responsible for every aspect of operation, management, and governance. These individuals fulfill diverse and complementary roles in acquiring, preserving and interpreting the collections. Many dedicate their time and their own personal resources to supplement Museum funds. Their valuable contributions shape the growth and continued success of the Museum” – Excerpt from ROM Website 

This year, a few Focus on Youth leaders were given the once-in-a-life-time opportunity to spend their summer months working at the Royal Ontario Museum.

ROM Staff & Supervisor, Alexandra Cooper

ROM Staff & Supervisor, Alexandra Cooper

When asked their reason for teaming up with Focus on Youth, Alexandra Cooper (organization supervisor) responded by saying,  “…we partnered up with FOY because we love having enthusiastic staff at the Museum in the front house learning customer service, cash handling skills and escalating conflict. We found that the students in Focus on Youth last year were exemplary and it’s our pleasure to have them again this year at the Royal Ontario Museum. We hope to continue this arrangement in years to come. The students this year are doing a great job and to top it all, lot of them have become more confident. I hope they will be able to use the skills we have given them here in their future endeavours”. 


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The Focus on Youth Staff at the ROM are able to form strong work habits like organization, social etiquette, staying on task and responsibility. Some of their duties include assisting customers and visitors, handing out brochures, administration work and running errands to guarantee a smooth day at the Royal Ontario Museum.

With the thought of the conclusion of their work placement, the Focus on Youth representatives wished to have more time added to their experience at the ROM; “we love it here, you have no idea how much we look forward to work each day. I don’t even want to leave!” – Angel (FOY/ROM Staff)


FOY Staff: Matthew, Angel, ______, ______ & Nick

FOY Staff: Matthew, Glyn, Wanessa, Angel & Nick

Interested in gaining an amazing work experience next year at the ROM? If so, then apply to Focus on Youth and have a fulfilling summer ahead of you!



Organization: The Royal Ontario Museum


100 Queen’s Park

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6

Dates/Times: 9:30PM – 5:30PM


Contact Info:

Alexandra Cooper

Telephone: (416) 586-5510




The Toronto Catholic District School Board Administrative  department was created to give students the experience of working in an office environment. Located at 80 Sheppard Avenue East. The TCDSB is a friendly work environment.

Focus on Youth posing for the camera

Khris Persaud posing for the camera!

The Administration program runs for six weeks beginning at the end of June from 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. The Focus on Youth administrators plan and co-ordinate all events that prepare students to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. They are also responsible for making sure all the students are paid. All in all, they make sure that they deliver quality programming for their students and so that the students will find their summer to be a meaningful and valuable experience.

Focus on Youth Administrator looking great at work.

Janelle Curtis looking great at work!

This department was created to ensure that all the paperwork for all the Focus on Youth students was taken care of. Also, it was created to make sure that all the training sessions are planned out, and all the students are fully informed about their work environment. This program started when the Focus on Youth program started back in 2007.

Focus on Youth staff working hard!

Aaliyah Thompson working hard!

A typical day working in the Administration Department as a Focus on Youth student is quite fun. Khris and Aaliyah start at 9am. From there, they do what jobs their supervisors have for them. They are also in charge of creating newsletters for certain camps. At the end of the week, they also put post up time sheets for that week so that the rest of the Focus on Youth students can put in their hours. Khris and Aaliyah primarily work under Andre Fullerton and Janelle Curtis. Their day ends at 5pm.

Focus on Youth supervisor hard at work!

Janelle Curtis working hard!

Beautiful mural at the office.

Beautiful mural at the office!

Focus on Youth staff happy to be at work.

Khris Persaud happy to be at work!

Focus on Youth Administration Department

Focus on Youth Administration Department Left to right: Aaliyah Thompson, Janelle Curtis, and Khris Persaud

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Organization: Toronto Catholic District School Board


80 Sheppard Avenue East

Toronto, Ontario

M2N 6E8

Dates/Times: 6 weeks starting in June from 9am to 5pm

Contact Information: 

Janelle Curtis