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Focus on Youth

Focus on Youth is a partnership between the Ontario government, school boards and local community agencies. With funding provided by the Ministry of Education, the Focus on Youth Program provides summer programming for children in identified high needs neighbourhoods; job opportunities and leadership activities for up to 150 youth; and free school space for community-based programs that keep young people safe and active.
In addition to providing free space for non-profit groups, the OCDSB also hires two students (at minimum) to help enhance each program. The students take part in two days of leadership and pre-employment training before working with the non-profit groups. Students can also be hired by the OCDSB to help prepare schools for the upcoming school year. Student leaders have the opportunity to be mentored and gain valuable leadership experience.
See the tabs below for more information about program goals, student qualifications, important information for community agencies and key dates.
Contact Information 
- Wendy Lamble, FOY Coordinator - - 613-746-8196 ext. 210
- Brett Reynolds, Superintendent of Instruction, 613-721-1820


 Program Goals

Our goal is to enhance high quality summer program opportunities for children and youth throughout Ottawa by:

- Offering free use of school space for community based programs run by non-profit organizations - Improving the quality of life for children and youth in communities who otherwise would have limited access to summer programs
  • - Providing as many free camp opportunities as possible for the children
  • - Providing employment opportunities for youth in Ottawa with a focus on hiring and supporting the employment experiences of "at-risk" youth
    - Providing a numeracy and or literacy componet



 Student Qualifications


- Must be 16 years of age by December 31, 2017

- Must be currently registered in an OCDSB school

- Will be able to commit to work from July 3rd - August 18th, 2017

- Referral from school counsellor, administrator or teacher

- Up to date résumé

- Social Insurance Number/bank account/police records check

Note: Cooperative Education (co-op) is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. Through co-op, students can earn academic credits for their work experience. With the Focus on Youth Program, students will have the opportunity to earn up to two co-op credits while working! A co-op teacher will monitor their progress.


Focus on Youth student employment applications will be accepted from March 1-24, 2017. 


 Important Info for Community Agencies

- Students on placement are learning how to become responsible employees; this requires on-site supervision and support.
  • - Students cannot be given responsibility to supervise or manage summer programs.
  • - Students require six to seven weeks of employment.
  • - Students require 35 hours each week of meaningful employment.
  • - Students are hired and paid by the OCDSB.
  • - Supervisors are required to submit weekly timesheets.
  • - Supervisors are required to maintain program statistics for FOY.



 Key Dates

March 1, 2017
Job application period opens
March 24, 2017
Job application period closes at midnight
April 10-14, 2017
Selected students will be contacted for an interview
April 18-April 28, 2017
Leadership/Pre-employment training
July 4-August  17, 2017
Co-op FOY placements