After-school program back in "fall" swing

After-School Programs in “Fall” Swing!

Teamwork, Trustworthiness and Problem-solving

Over the past few weeks, our Youth LED kids have been learning about important leadership habits and qualities that they can use to achieve success. The nine-week program covers many important aspects through a fun variety of activities. This past week the students at Valley Park Middle School were developing teamwork and problem-solving skills and learning about the importance of trustworthiness. Check out the pics!

Getting Active After-School

Recent studies highlight the importance of getting kids active and into the outdoors to reap many physical and mental health benefits and improve attainment at school.  BLAST Gateway has been making the most of the beautiful fall weather by playing soccer and developing their physical literacy skills outdoors. Check out the pics of the fun!

 

Cooking Activities help kids develop important life-skills

All those active games help our kids work up quite the appetite! Last week, kids at BLAST had quite the treat when they learned how to bake delicious cupcakes! Take a look at the pics of kids practising teamwork and sharing as they worked together to bake a delicious batch of tasty goodness!

Celebrating Canada150 with some Bannock

Over at BLAST Gateway, kids also took part in a cooking activity but this time they were learning about the traditional Canadian bread – Bannock! At Moorelands Camp, kids learn to make bannock on cookouts and campouts so we brought a little camp to Moorelands BLAST and the kids got to recreate a Canadian campout after-school!
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Scotiabank Training Weekends 2017

Scotiabank Staff Training Weekends 2017

If you really want to be a successful leader, you must develop other leaders around you. You must develop a team of leaders!”  John C. Maxwell

Staff Training - Developing Moorelands Leaders

Scotiabank staff training 2017

Moorelands staff members are an integral part of our after-school programs. We are so fortunate to receive generous funding for our staff training from Scotiabank to prepare staff for the important job ahead of them. Our staff training is focused on how team members can support Toronto kids in their leadership development. Team building and leadership focused activities are used to help staff build trust, connections and their own personal leadership skills.

Know, Grow, Show

Over several training sessions in September, staff learn about our inclusive culture, values and commitment to Positive Youth Development; Moorelands leadership habits and qualities; creating fun and engaging activities for our participants that help them know, grow and show; and how to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone at Moorelands.

At Moorelands We Are Intentional

Our staff training is vigorous because at Moorelands we are intentional: We intend that children will gain skills, experience personal growth, gain confidence and make friends because they have been to Moorelands. Therefore, it’s important that our staff leaders are intentional too. At staff training they learn how to plan activities with a purpose, create teachable moments and maximize the opportunities they have to positively influence the children and youth we serve.

Our after-school program staff are awesome and we can’t wait for them to demonstrate their skills in our BLAST, YOUTH LED and VITAL leadership programs in Thorncliffe Park and Flemington Park. All spots in our programs are subsidized. If you’d like to learn more about our programs or complete an application form for your child online, click here.

We’re so excited for after-school programs to start again next week. Thank you, Scotiabank, for giving our staff the opportunity to develop the tools both they, and our kids, need to succeed.

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Active kids - practising shooting

Active, Healthy Kids at Moorelands BLAST

BLAST helps kids get active!

Active kids - playing outside
BLAST kids playing outside

With Toronto’s Vital Signs 2016 Report showing that Toronto kids are now more likely to be overweight or obese, helping kids lead active, healthy lifestyles is more important than ever. That’s why at Moorelands BLAST we make sure that participants get 50 minutes of physical activity every day. However, learning and playing a sport or game can be nerve-wracking for some kids who have no experience. So that’s where Moorelands’ Physical Literacy Program comes in.

Physical Literacy = giving kids the skills necessary for an active life

At Moorelands we know that sports and active games have always been a great way to:

  • Exercise
  • Learn a new skill
  • Make friends
  • Build confidence
  • Develop good character
  • Have fun
  • Learn how to work in a team

Our physical literacy program, led by physical literacy experts Andrew and Amber, follows the principle that when teaching a sport, it’s important to focus less on the game itself and more on building the participants’ confidence, skills and on having fun. Just like learning to read, it is important to break a skill down into manageable steps. So first, we teach participants the steps and skills they need to know before putting them all together in a game-like situation.

Active kids - physical literacy instruction from Amber
Physical literacy lessons from Amber
Active kids - eyes on the target
Eyes on the target

Getting active with B.E.E.F.

Each month at BLAST focuses on mastering the skills related to a specific sport and this month, BLAST Thorncliffe are focused on Basketball.  In these pictures, they are learning about B.E.E.F.:

B= balance

E= eyes on your target

E= elbow straight

F= follow through

Our budding leaders just love having fun playing active games. And we know that the skills they learn in these sessions will set them on the right track to be healthy for life.

So all in all, it’s a win-win scenario!

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Youth Leadership Program Head

Youth Leadership Program Head

The Youth Leadership Program Head works with the Program Leader to plan and implement a leadership program for youth ages 11-12 or 13-15 in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park. The program helps youth become leaders in their own lives through workshops and activities that build confidence explore beliefs/values and develop skills such as communication, decision making and positive conflict resolution.
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Hours

  • Possible 9 hours per week
  • Program hours for  October 2016 are  3 days a week 3-6 Pm (dates to be confirmed) then become more fluid
  • Some additional hours in September for training, planning and shopping and in June for clean up

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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Leader to plan and implement activities and workshops that meet the objectives of the Youth Leadership Program
  • Create a fun, safe, inclusive and welcoming environment where participants feel comfortable to participate in discussions and activities
  • Plan and attend program trips including the FIRST AID Certification and the end of year Leadership Weekend Trip
  • Plan and prepare healthy snacks
  • Supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reports
  • Manage the budget for program supplies, food and trips
  • Supervise, support and evaluate the Program Leader
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents.
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Have extensive experience working directly with youth 11 – 15 years old
  • Have experience coordinating programs, activities or events.
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park areas is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 

 

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After-school Program Head

After-school Program Head

Program Head create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 years have fun, make friends and develop life skills. Working with two Program Leaders, Program Head plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park.
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Hours

  • 18.5 hours per week
  • Program runs from 3 pm – 6pm Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • Some additional hours in September for training, during the school year for planning and shopping and in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Leaders to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports, gym games and more!)
  • Create a welcoming, safe and positive environment
  • Plan and prepare a healthy snack
  • Supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Supervise, support and evaluate the Program Leader and volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reports
  • Manage the budget for program supplies, food and trips
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned
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 Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 certified
  • Food Handling Certificate
  • Have extensive experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Have experience coordinating programs, activities and events
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 

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After-school Program Leaders

After-school Program Leaders

Program Leaders assist the Program Head to create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 have fun, make friends and develop life skills. They help plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.

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Hours

  • Up to 15.5 hours per week
  • You need to be available Monday to Friday for this position
  • Training begins in September
  • Program runs from 3pm – 6pm from Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • There will be some additional hours  in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Head and other Program Leader to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports gym games and much more!)
  • Help prepare a healthy snack
  • Help supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Support volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reporting
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 Certified
  • Experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 

New to working at Moorelands?

Returning Moorelands staff?

After-school Physical Literacy Program Leaders

Physical Literacy Program Leaders assist the Program Head to create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 have fun, make friends and develop life skills. They help plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.
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Hours

  • Up to 15.5 hours per week
  • Program runs from 3pm – 6pm from Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • There will be some additional hours in September for training and in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Head and other Program Leader to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports gym games and much more!)
  • Take the lead in planning and implementing Physical Literacy Programming
  • Help prepare a healthy snack
  • Help supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Support volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reporting
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 Certified
  • Have experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Knowledge in Physical Literacy, sport or coaching an asset
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 

New to working at Moorelands?

Returning Moorelands staff?

Youth LED

Leadership in the Great Canadian Wilderness

Youth Leadership Weekend Retreat

Leadership. That’s what Moorelands is all about: providing leadership experiences for Toronto kids from under-served neighbourhoods.  Therefore, every summer, Moorelands Wilderness Camp on Kawagama Lake, welcomes 600 kids to a week of adventure and provides lessons that will last a lifetime… BUT before they arrive, the kids from our Youth LED programs in the City have the chance to experience the wonder of camp at our Leadership Retreat.

Exploring Leadership Challenges

The Youth Leadership Weekend Retreat is intended as an opportunity for all program participants to come together. Youth LED kids explore challenges, consolidate leadership learnings and expand their personal networks as well as community connections.

While the weekend is super fun, as with everything at Moorelands, there’s always a second level of learning. For instance, games such as parachute and red cup pyramid encouraged participants to work as a team, communicate effectively and set goals… while also being pretty hilarious!

Building Teamwork and Trust

A First Taste of the Wilderness!

The weekend was the first time many of our participants had experienced the Great Canadian Wilderness.  Therefore, it was great to see our inner city kids thoroughly enjoying and exploring their new surroundings. Also great was watching them practice the skills and character traits they had developed over the year. Moorelands hopes that their weekend at camp will not only encourage our participants to be better leaders but also foster a life long love of the Canadian Wilderness and nature.

An All-inclusive Experience

This year, all participants had input into the design and implementation of the retreat’s leadership goals and activities. For instance, they planned back pocket games and bus activities. Some favourite moments included facing fears on the high ropes and performing skits and songs around the camp fire!

Because of these fun moments, our Youth LED and Youth LED Volunteer participants went home with a wealth of new skills and experiences as well as solid friendships and positive connections that will support them in making positive decisions back home in their community.

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Leadership experiences for as little as $3!

This month, a great way you can support important programs like our Youth Leadership Retreat is by taking part in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge:

Throughout June, every dollar donated to Moorelands online through canadahelps.org will earn us a chance to win a $10,000 donation! (minimum $3 donation required).  Therefore, for as little as $3 you could help 8 kids get to Moorelands Wilderness Camp this summer! So, what are you waiting for? Help us help kids!

Thank you for your support!

Physical Literacy

Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report 2016

Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report 2016

Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report 2016

The Metcalf Foundation has released the findings of their three year pilot project Resilient Neighbourhood Economies (RNE).  The RNE project was created to provide opportunities for low-income residents of Thorncliffe Park and Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park. The Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report not only gave insight into the economic struggles the people in these neighbourhoods face, but also the reasons why they put the pilot project in place. The report highlights the strategies they implemented to act as co-creators with the community partners.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT

Highlights from the ‘Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report’ 2016:

Thorncliffe Park

  • 68% of this neighbourhood is home to immigrants, a quarter of whom are newcomers to Canada
  • 90% of residents are renters
  • has high levels of unemploymentand under-employment, with the official unemployment rate at 16%
  • has a large number of children and youth
  • Thorncliffe Park was identified as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area by the City of Toronto
  • Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO) was identified as the community partner for Thorncliffe Park
  • Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO) ran a workshop series for local residents
    interested in starting their own businesses, and provided one-on-one business planning, coaching
    and support
  • Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee continued running weekly bazaars in the localpark, rotating 75 micro-vendors over 20 weeks each year
  • The Women’s Committee also developed a catering social enterprise, Flavours of Thorncliffe, to increase opportunities for the more experienced vendors
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