PROFILE: Studio 15

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Studio 15 is a community arts and music program located at the Kingsview Free Methodist Church. The faith-centered organization utilizes music and arts to develop creativity and leadership skills of kids in and around the western Etobicoke area.

FOY staff explaining the rules of Pass the Squeeze

Studio 15 was officially launched by Kingsview FMC in October 1, 2011, after having much success in their arts summer camps. It is designed for students in Grades 6-12 (ages 11-17) who are passionate about arts, sports, and academics. In addition to their summer camp arts program, Studio 15 offers fall, winter and spring programs, march break camps and homework help after school.

Campers caught in a tangle while playing Human Knot!

Their summer program runs for six weeks through July and August, focusing on visual arts, drama, music and creative writing. In addition, the program includes bible studies and trips every Thursday. This summer program is available for kids ages 11-15.

Knights, Horses and Cavaliers… KNIGHTS!

During the school year, Studio 15 offers after school help Mondays to Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm for students grades 5-8. The program includes tutors, quiet space and snacks to create a great learning environment.

“Quickly! Pass on the squeeze!” – Camper, Johnny

Studio 15 is a great place to learn, grow, and surround yourself in a positive and artistic environment.

Studio 15 FOY Staff: Itzia Reyes-Herrera, Andy Nguyen, Mikhalia Malcom, Catriona Whicher, Danielle Palero and Folake Kayode

SUMMARY

Organization: Studio 15

Location: 15 Kingsview Blvd Toronto, ON M9R 1T5

Dates/Times: 6 week summer program, Monday – Thursday 9AM-4PM

Website: http://www.studio15arts.com/

Contact info: (416) – 248 – 5000 ext. 26 / shelleyann@kingsviewfm.com

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Campers playing Tap Tap

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A princess and a knight!

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Enjoying the yummy mac and cheese they helped make

 

Special Event: Celebration of Success 2013

Celebration of Success 2013

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The University of Toronto’s Hart House

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After a long six weeks, Focus on Youth’s 2013 summer program came to an end. To mark the occasion, staff and counselors were invited to a special Celebration of Success at the University of Toronto’s Hart House.

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Christina Martin and Stefan Brum, the evening’s hosts

Stefan Brum and Christina Martin served as the evening’s MCs, keeping things light. The counselors listened to speeches from their peers, and staff like Angela Gauthier, Director of Education. The audience was also treated to a first look at the special promotional videos created by the Media Team. After a series of student performances, the guests were treated to a delicious buffet lunch, courtesy of Hart House.

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The performances get the guests up and moving

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One of the Media Team’s videos

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The Media Team leads the crowd in the Wavin’ Flag dance

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After lunch, the main speakers of the evening took the stage. First, teacher Peter Ranson spoke about how he got involved in Focus on Youth, and what it meant to him. Then, Shawn Burgess of the St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club talked about working with the Focus on Youth Student Counselors, and how it was an excellent experience. Finally, Orlando Bowen, Executive Director of the One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization, took the stage to tell a spellbound audience about his experiences with overcoming adversity, and becoming a better person because of it.

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Peter Ranson

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Shawn Burgess

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Orlando Bowen

Afterwards, guests were treated to a special slide and video show by the Media Team, documenting their long journey throughout the program, before Program Coordinator Andre Fullerton came up to thank the staff and counselor, and give special mention to fellow coordinators and all-around problem solvers Janelle Curtis and Ashisha Persaud.

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Janelle Curtis and Ashisia Persaud get special recognition from Andre Fullerton

With the ceremonies concluded, guests were invited out onto the patio to dance, grab some cake, take some fancy (or silly) photos at the Media Team’s photo booth, and get some info on their upcoming post-secondary education from booths set up by local universities.

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Keenon Peterson and Jaeson Villanueva run the photo booth

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The media team hard at work

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Mingling on the patio

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The photo booth

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Students consider their future

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A guide to the celebration can be found here:

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Profile: Champs Mentoring Champs

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Champs Mentoring Champs began as a  homework club in 2007 for children ages 4-11, with only 11 children. The following year they applied with the Focus On Youth program in hopes of expanding this initiative. Their first camp started at Blessed Mother Teresa with 25 children, and has since increased to more than 265 participants aged 4-17 within the year.

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The main goal of “Champs Mentoring Champs”  is to allow youth to develop leadership and interpersonal skills that will be necessary in overcoming any life challenges. They hire employees from the following organizations: Focus On Youth, Tropicana, and Service Canada’s Summer Jobs. When kids turn 14 they have the opportunity to volunteer with the program and eventually apply as a camp counselor at the age of 16.  Ultimately, they want the youth to have a positive and memorable experience.

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The youth are able to play sports and enjoy other various physical activities, while building relationships among their peers and counselors. As a result, the participants and staff have gained something invaluable.

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SUMMARY

Organization: Champs Mentoring Champs

Location: 2103-250 Brenyon Way, Scarborough ON, M1B 3G3

Ages: 4-17

Date/Times: 6 weeks in the summer

Contact info: Daunette Jackson

(647) 622 7984

champsmentoringchamps@hotmail.com

Special Event: Caribana Launch

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This year marked the 46th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival in Toronto, formerly know as Caribana. The kick-off event was hosted by the Toronto Police Services on Thursday, July 25th. The Service has had a float in the parade since 1991, and this year the theme was “Diversity in Motion.” Hundreds of campers from the Footsteps to Success program attended this event. It began with a live steel pan performance of songs like Bruno Mars’s “Just the Way You Are,” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” to which everyone in the room sang along to. There was also a  performance by a Juno award winning artist, and notable speakers such as:  Chief William Blair took the stage. After the speakers, women in gorgeous colourful, costumes adorned with feathers and face paint walked down the main stairs in the lobby and got everyone up on their feet – including Chief Blair and the other policemen! The campers then headed outside to continue the festivities. The rest of the day was filled with lots of music, singing, dancing, and authentic Caribbean food! Campers climbed onto the float as the ribbon was cut, signifying the official opening of Caribana.  In addition, the radio station 98.7 FM set up a tent with a DJ playing music that had everyone dancing. Overall the event was a huge success, enjoyed by many.

Profile: Footsteps to Success (Father Henry Carr)

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Footsteps to Success is one of two camps founded by Andre Fullerton and community partners. It is an initiative that is designed to help urban communities progress and  become involved with youth.

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Footsteps Camp is for youth ages 10-15 and runs (like most FOY funded programs) for 6 weeks, free of admission. Footsteps at Father Henry Carr provides programs and activities for the youth of the Rexdale community. Campers have the opportunity to experience Sport, Art and Leadership activities. As a result, the youth are able to build friendships, leadership skills and have a memorable experience.

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Focus on Youth students are mindful of Andre’s positive vision  . The students act as positive role models by using their skills and training to lead, supervise and relate with the youth. The leaders also bring forth a positive attitude that encourages a hospitable environment.

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SUMMARY

Organization: Footsteps to Success

Locations: 

Father Henry Carr C.S.S.
1760 Martin Grove Rd, Toronto, ON. M9V 3S4
Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S.
40 Sewells Rd, Toronto, ON.
M1B 3G5

Ages: 10-15

Date/Times: July 2nd to August 9th, 9 AM – 4 PM

Website: http://www.tcdsb.org/FORSTUDENTS/FocusOnYouth/Pages/Footsteps-to-Success-summer-camp.aspx

Contact info: 

Andre Fullerton
TCDSB Supervisor of Outreach, Community Use of Schools
Phone: 416-222-8282 ext. 2310

Profile: Recognize For Real

Recognize for Real is a youth organization that was founded in 2005. The program runs for 6 weeks and takes place at Monsignor Fraser and serves the surrounding community that is classified as a high-risk neighborhood.

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The program focuses on making positive strides in the community  through leadership and sport initiatives, as well as encouraging participants and staff to become “REAL” (Respect Everyone and Life) individuals. The programs seek to provide youth with an enjoyable experience, positive role models and a foundation of life skills that will be beneficial in overcoming any challenge.

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The Focus on Youth staff act as  mentors who are able to relate to the youth, as well as bringing positive influences and leadership. The students are from within the community, and take pride in knowing that they can guide the kids down the right path.

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Summary

Organization: Recognize for Real (Monsignor Fraser, 45 Norfinch Ave.)

Dates/Times: July 2nd to August 9th

Contact Info: clayton.thomas27@yahoo.ca, 647-8237325

Profile: St. Andrews Summer Camp

 St. Andrews Summer Camp

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St. Andrews Summer Camp was founded 8 years ago by the parish of St. Andrews. It has since grown and developed to serve the church community, as well as the surrounding Rexdale community.

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The Camp is geared towards children aged 5-12, and its runs for 6 weeks. In addition, the camp integrates religion into its sports and recreation activities to provide the children with a fun experience while building  positive attitudes, leadership and problem solving skills.

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The Focus on Youth staff provide a helping hand, take initiative, and use the skills they have gained from Camp Olympia and other experiences.

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SUMMARY:

Organization: St. Andrews Summer Camp (St. Andrew Catholic School, 2533 Kipling Avenue)

Ages: 5-12

Dates/Times: 6 weeks in the summer, Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4

Contact Information: standrewspar@yahoo.ca

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