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The “Focus On Youth” program is a partnership between the Ontario Government, school boards, and local community agencies, providing summer programs for students in recognized high needs urban neighbourhoods, as well as employment opportunities and leadership training for youth. Focus on Youth supports the use of TCDSB school space and the employment of TCDSB students by non-profit community organizations participating in the program, and school space was offered to 85 community groups in 58 schools.



Established in 2007, the program is a part of the board’s plan to promote learning through play, healthy lifestyle and positive self images for children and youth, and have a positive impact on student achievement and well-being during the school year.  In 2016, 300 students were hired as part of the program. Between the 11 Centres, we hired 254 recreational staff, 36 custodial staff, 10 administrators, and 10 media team members. Students have the chance to act as leaders, advocates, mentors, and change agents, fulfilling the program’s slogan, “The Journey Never Ends.”


2021 FOY application




Andre Fullerton

Manager of Outreach & FOY

416-222-8282, ext. 2310


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