March Break Camps - Toronto & South Africa

As March Break comes to an end, we wanted to share all of the fun and learning that took place within the various March Break programs we help facilitate both in Toronto and South Africa.

Thanks to your continued support, this year's programs were extremely successful with a focus on developing literacy, math, and leadership skills. Our Triangle of Hope participating partners were: Rose Avenue P.S., Woburn P.S., The First Nations School, Branksome Hall, and Get Ahead Project schools in South Africa.

St. James Town Youth Council

The St. James Town Youth Council in Toronto participated in Camp Reality '14 for their March Break. Each day, they went to different universities or professional instututions to learn about career options and gain firsthand insight from professionals. 

In just a week, this motivated group of young leaders attended McMaster and Brock University, Ryerson Digital Media Zone, Ryerson Fashion Department, B+H Architects, Daniels Corporation, Auberge du Pommier, and Loblaws Cooking School
The Leacock Foundation and St. James Town Youth Council would like to thank everyone who donated their time and expertise to make Camp Reality 2014 such a success!

Rose Avenue P.S.

Grade 3 students from Rose Ave. P.S., behind in reading and math, got a chance to boost their skills at March Break Camp. The work focused on building math and literacy skills in the mornings, and facilitated trips in the afternoon. On Tuesday, students walked to the Regent Park Book Bank, and each got to pick a book to take home and share with their family and friends, and on Thursday they tried curling! 

Branksome Hall Gr. 11 visit to QGAP in South Africa

As in past years, Branksome Hall grade 11 students traveled to Queenstown, South Africa for a two-week long trip to volunteer and learn with Queenstown Get Ahead Project (GAP) school students. Branksome students packed supplies for the GAP schools, and while there, helped facilitate classes and participated in a peer mentoring 'Sister Circle' program, partnering them with a grade 11 "sister" from the GAP College.

To learn more, you can read blog posts written by Branksome Hall and QGAP graduates, about their experiences with the Sister Circle program.
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The First Nations School YUVA Group

At the First Nations School in Toronto, is a group of students with outstanding leadership capabilities, called Youth United in Visionary Action (YUVA), who have been working together since October.

For their March Break Camp, the YUVA group traveled to Ottawa where they presented an Anti-Bullying Action Plan they have created to Chief Shawn Atleo. While in Otttawa, they also explored Canada's Capital and visited the Parliament buildings. 

Upon returning from Ottawa, the YUVA group presented their Anti-Bullying Action Plan to Minister Glen Murray and Councillor Pam McConnell at Toronto City Hall. While there, they were able to see other YUVA groups present action plans, and received valuable feedback and support from both Minister Murray and Councillor McConnell. 
Moving forward, the First Nations School YUVA group will form partnerships to implement their Anti-Bullying Action Plan.

Woburn P.S.

Woburn P.S. in Scarborough, hosted a March Break Camp specifically for grade 1 students who are struggling with reading and writing. The theme of the week was pirates and students participated in fun, participatory stations to enhance their learning and skills.

Leacock Debate 2014

The Motion: Be it resolved that truth is stranger than fiction 
The Players: Robyn Doolittle, Linden MacIntyre, Calvin Trillin, & Michael Winter
The Moderator: Hon. Bob Rae

Apr. 9, 2014  |  Arcadian Court 8th Floor

Cocktails 6:00 | Dinner 6:30 | Debate 7:45

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Thank You!

We want to send a big thank you to all businesses, organizations, volunteers, and teachers involved in making our March Break 2014 Camps such a big success! At The Leacock Foundation, we believe in giving youth a hand-up, not a hand-out. You certainly helped us achieve this goal by providing leadership, facilities, and information this past week.

We also want to extend our sincere gratitude to all Leacock Members. Because of your continued support and dedication, The Leacock Foundation continues to grow its reach and empower youth both locally and globally. All the great future leaders you just read about have access to increased opportunities, skills, and experiences because of your support. 
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