PROFILE: Urban Arts Camp

 

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In the early 2000’s, a group of people who lived in the Weston- Mount Dennis community had a love for the arts and wanted to put on plays and performances within the community. Unable to secure funding for their endeavours, the group took it upon themselves to teach children the importance of arts and the freedom of expression that comes along with them. Urban Arts was founded shortly thereafter, “engaging youth through the arts”!

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Teaching the kids different games they can play with their friends!

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Playing some Huckle Buckle!

Today, the Urban Arts organization has blossomed. A not-for-profit operation out of the Weston – Mount Dennis neighbourhood. They offer a series of programs such as music, dance, visual arts and leadership. The organization services approximately 400 children throughout the year.

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Playing a fun game of ladders with the campers!

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They got super into it!

As a means to accomodate the children whom they do not get to work with throughout the year, they offer a summer program. This summer program – a condensed version of all the programs that the Urban Arts organization runs throughout the year – begins on July 2 and runs until August 15.

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The FOY staff working with Urban Arts! Shanice, Chelsea, Abiola, Veronica, Jan-Aura

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SUMMARY

Organization: 

Urban Arts

Locations:

Chaminade College School

490 Queens Dr

Toronto, ON M6L 1M8

Dates/Times:

July 7 – August 15, 2014

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Contact Info:

Freddy

Beats.Mind.Movement Coordinator

freddy@urbanartstoronto.org

416-241-5124

Website: www.urbanartstoronto.org

PROFILE: Toronto Kiwanis Boys And Girls Club

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The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club (TKBGC) is a non-profit charitable organization that was founded in the 1900’s. Within their community, TKBGC’s goal is to provide needed resources, after school programs and at other times when youth are not in school, to help young people reach their potential.

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TKBGC offer many other programs throughout the year such as; leadership development and employment preparation, the Safe Walk Home program and various evening youth programs.

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The TKBGC is created to be an inclusive, receptive atmosphere for all children who attend this organizations programs. The Club focuses on enabling young people to develop life skills and values essential to becoming healthy contributing individuals within the community.

Take a look at TKBGC at the park! 

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Here is one of TKBGC’s awesome FOY staff, Rica!

Summary

Organization: 

Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

Locations:

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Club Site
20 Portugal Sq.,
Toronto, ON
M6J 3P2

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Contact Info:

Louise Ross
Coordinator, Children’s Services
lross@believeinkids.ca 
416-925-2243 ext. 24

Website: www.believeinkids.ca

PROFILE: St .Alban’s/Lawrence Heights Boys and Girls Club

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At St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club, their mission is to “provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities,  overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life”.

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St. Albans Boys and Girls Club T-Shirt

St. Alban’s Boys Club was founded in 1949 by Toronto Police Inspector, W. H. (Bill) Bolton. It began with just 25 boys in the St. Alban’s Parish Hall Basement. The vision was to provide a safe environment for youth through recreation. It wasn’t until 1978 that the club was renamed to St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club.

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This boys and girls club is widely known as “a good place to be”. By doing activities like arts and crafts, as well as physical activities that include soccer and baseball, children and youth learn and develop team building, social and sportsmanship skills. In addition, once a week they go on exciting trips to places like Wild Water Kingdom, Fantasy Fair, beaches and the movie theatre.

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This club fosters positive attitudes all around and a strong sense of belonging. Many of the children and youth have made special friendships that show in their cheering and support for one another. The smiles and laughs at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club speak for the way that campers and staff alike have an amazing time and look forward to spending their day with each other.

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FOY Staff: Top- Doreen, Genevieve, Sebastian, Dante, Robert Bottom- Jessica, Julie

FOY Staff:
Top- Doreen, Genevieve, Sebastian, Dante, Robert
Bottom- Jessica, Julie

Summary

Organization:  St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club & Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

Location:

Dante Alighieri Catholic Secondary School (Beatrice Campus)

50 Ameer Ave

Toronto, Ontario

M6A 2L3

Dates/Times:

6 Weeks

July 2 – August 8

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact Info:

Shawn Burgess- Community Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

shawn@stalbansclub.ca

(416) 534 – 8461

Akellia Malcolm- Program Coordinator of Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

akellia@stalbansclub.ca

Websites:

http://www.stalbansclub.ca/

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

 

 

 

PROFILE: Eastview Boys and Girls Club (Holy Cross)

Go to the Eastview Boys & Girls Club section of the B&G Club of Greater Toronto website

Operating for more than 40 years, the Eastview (Toronto) Boys and Girls Club continues to provide youth with a safe and welcoming place to spend their time during the summer. Their vision, “to be at the forefront of community inclusion, leadership, well-being, participation and healthy development for the Eastview community”, is constantly demonstrated in one of their locations: Holy Cross Catholic School.

Leadership values being taught in-class

As a summer day camp, the Eastview B&G Club runs for 8 weeks during the months of July and August. From 9AM to 4PM, they provide youth with a wide variety of activities that help their campers develop team-building, leadership, and good moral character. These activities give the youth something fulfilling to do in the summer, while on top of all having fun!

A glimpse of what they do in the gym and during free time:

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Their priority is also delivering a wide range of physical activities that keep their campers active and healthy during the summer: camp counsellors host games in the gym or they play sports outdoors. Other activities include cooking/baking, leadership classes, arts & crafts, going on trips, and much more.

The gallery below features campers excitedly baking cupcakes during their indoor activities:

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The Eastview Boys and Girls Club would not have been where it is today without their dedicated staff and supporters, as well as Focus On Youth. Through FOY, the organization is able to use school sites to run camps, and hire devoted staff whom reflect the camp’s values.

FOY Staff (from left to right) Rolph Banawa, Teanna Bujold and Shonie Jasmin

Focus On Youth staff Shonie Jasmin highlights the importance of always being prepared with the campers: with the number of kids they have at camp, “you’ll never know which group you’re gonna get, so you always have to adjust yourself… be energetic, be positive all the time, so they can follow you.” As she continues to work with the campers, she develops patience, building a stronger moral character herself. Fellow counsellor Rolph Banawa says that he loves working with the kids, as they always give him energy. Through the many weeks they’ve worked with the Eastview B&G Club, there was never a dull moment!

 



SUMMARY

Organization: Eastview Boys and Girls Club (part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto)

Location: Holy Cross Catholic School

299A Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 3R7

Dates/Times: July 4th – August 22nd, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 4PM

Contact Information:

Laurette Jack

laurettejack@eastviewcentre.com

416-392-1750

Eastview Boys & Girls Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto website

Eastview Boys & Girls Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada website

PROFILE: Eastview Boys and Girls Club

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Campers singing along to “repeat after me songs” for morning warm up

Mission statement: East Toronto Family Community Centre is committed to improving the quality of life for residents primarily in the area bounded by Greenwood, Broadview, Danforth and Queen Streets. To this end, Eastview mobilizes resources from a variety of public, private and community partners.

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Sports camp excited to play a good ol’ game of soccer

Eastview has built a strong connection with the community for over 40 years. This summer camp program offers youth engagement in arts and sports. This centre offers a wide variety of recreational activities for children aged 6-12 years old.

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Arts Camp focusing on their interior design projects

Through Eastview’s summer camp program, youth in their community have a safe and welcoming environment to participate in recreational activities, meet new friends, and learn to grow as tomorrow’s leaders. A daily routine includes, among many activities, team building games and projects, repeat after me songs, art activities, and sports. All activities are designed to help engage campers of all ages.

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FOY Staff: Jonelle Calder, Jackulin Anton, Chamathka Kapugama, Sarah Daniel

 

SUMMARY:

Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Toronto

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

Dates/Times: July 4 – August 22, 9AM-4PM

Website: http://www.bgcgt.com/our-clubs/eastview-boys-and-girls-club

Contact Info: 
Tel: (416) 392-1750
Fax: (416) 392-1175
contact@eastviewcentre.com

 

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PROFILE: Centre for Spanish Speaking People – St. Philip Neri

 

 

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FOY and St. Philip Neri Staff

FOY and St. Philip Neri Staff

The camp at St. Philip Neri – in association with The Centre for Spanish Speaking People Organization – is a camp for children and youth ages 7-13, and is located at St. Philip Neri Elementary School. The warm welcome from everyone at this camp creates an atmosphere of cheerfulness and high energy. With countless activities and trips, the fun never ends.

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This camp cares for the health of the children and youth by encouraging a healthy snack on a daily basis as well as doing morning exercises. Their mini talent shows display a variety of campers’ talents, from dancing to singing to anything else. The staff make sure to incorporate the different talents and skills each individual has into the activities they do on a daily basis.

The games and other recreational activities the camp offers fosters individual growth, as well as the forming of strong friendships among campers. In addition, campers become close with supervisors, who participate in the activities and help them develop skills. One of the camp’s favourite activities to play is dodge-ball against the staff. At St. Philip Neri, the goal is to have fun doing activities, while staying active in a safe environment.

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FOY Staff: Jose, Evian, Karina, Jasmine

FOY Staff: Jose, Evian, Karina, Jasmine

Summary

Organization: Centre for Spanish Speaking People

Location: 

St. Philip Neri Catholic School

20 Beverly Hills Drive

North York, Ontario

M3L 1A1

Dates/Times:

6 Weeks

July 2 – August 8

8:30am-4:30pm

Contact Info:

Provvidenza Dearcangelis

Provvi1@hotmail.com

(647) 966 – 8040

Website: http://www.spanishservices.org/en/

 

 

PROFILE: Central Neighbourhood House

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The Central Neighbourhood House (CNH) is an organization which provides programing for children in the St. James Town West Park and Region Park communities. They offer several programs such as arts and crafts, sports, drama, science and dance.

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CNH was founded in 1911. CNH is the second oldest settlement agency in Toronto! CNH was created because a need was seen in the community for new comers ages 0 – 99. Other programs that CNH offer are: Women’s Club, Stroke Survivor’s Club, Vunerable Senior’s Program and Children & Youth Programs!

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At their summer camps, CNH offers various field trips for their campers. These field trips allow their campers to do new, exciting and adventurous activities that some kids would not normally get the chance to do. Some field trips that they go on include, Canada’s Wonderland, Wild Water Kingdom and going to the Toronto Zoo.

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The AMAZING FOY staff working at CNH; Kaitlin, Sheldon and Rafayet.

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SUMMARY

Organization: 

Central Neighbourhood House

Locations:

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
444 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON
M4X 1K2

Dates/Times:

July 2nd to August 22nd, 2014
Monday to Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Contact Info:

Chantel Guthrie
Camp Coordinator
cguthrie@cnh.on.ca
416-797-5043

Website: www.cnh.oh.ca