Life Beyond High School

Focus on Youth Summer Program

The Focus on Youth (FOY) Summer Program offers young people summer job experience and summer activities for children. By extending learning beyond the classroom, students are engaged year-round in safe and supportive environments. The program is open to all children and young people in selected inner city and other urban neighbourhoods, with a focus on engaging at-risk children and youth.

Through the program, approximately 8,000 young people have been employed and more than 145,000 children and youth have enjoyed summer activities since 2007.

As part of the enhanced Ontario’s Youth Action Plan, the government has invested an additional $1 million to expand the program in Brantford, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Thunder Bay in the 2015-16 school year. And it is supporting in-year after school programs in existing communities in the 2015-16 school year.

In summer 2014, the total investment was $7 million, allowing more than 1,800 young people to benefit from summer job experience and approximately 28,000 to enjoy summer activities. The Focus on Youth summer program aligns with the government's new strategic framework for youth, Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed.

The program is available in summer 2015 at the following school boards:

City/Region School Board
Toronto Toronto DSB
  Toronto Catholic DSB
  Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud
  Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Ottawa Ottawa-Carleton DSB
  Ottawa Catholic SB
Hamilton Hamilton Wentworth DSB
  Hamilton Wentworth Catholic DSB
Windsor Greater Essex County DSB
  Windsor-Essex Catholic DSB
Peel Dufferin-Peel CDSB
  Peel DSB
York York Region DSB
  York Catholic DSB
Durham Durham Catholic DSB

The program will be available in the 2015-16 school year at the following school boards:

City/Region School Board
Thunder Bay Lakehead DSB
  Thunder Bay CDSB
Sudbury Sudbury CDSB
  Rainbow DSB
Peterborough Peterborough VNC CDSB
  Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Kingston Limestone DSB
  Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB
Brantford Grand Erie DSB
  Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB

For information about the program, contact the school board directly. You can also find job information at Summer Jobs for Students and Jobs for Youth.