Summer School Program
The summer school program runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. Although, organizing and planning start much earlier. Once the program commences we start with an orientation week where we explain what the program is about, what the kids will expect to learn, accomplish and experience. The rules and expectations are discussed by all staff and students so that everyone is on the same page. The students are grouped based on grade level and a teacher is assigned to each group, along with a teaching assistant/volunteer. We deliver our curriculum alongside themes that are planned for each week pertaining to different areas of study. At the end of each week a field trip is planned to sum up the learning experience throughout the week and to give the kids a chance to experience different parts of the city in an educational way. We focus on math, science, reading and computer literacy. We look to give these children an opportunity to go on to explore different areas of interest and to have a solid educational base. Because the program runs during the summer time, which is during summer vacation, we try to keep the program as fun as possible while maintaining an educational foundation. At the end of the program we cap it off by sending some our students to Camp Douglas. It’s a one week overnight camp where our youth have the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities.
after school program
In comparison to our summer program, the after school program is much smaller and more individual focused. We meet once a week after school and are open to any newcomers or students. We offer tutor and mentorship services. In this setting we are able to give these students help that is much more tailored to their current situation and help them prepare for tests and work on school projects. The main purpose of this program is to make sure kids don’t fall behind during the school year and to also provide them with resources that may not be available to them otherwise.
Celebration of learning
The CCCF is a proud member of the Newcomer Youth Educational Support Services coalition. Together we are able to reach many more newcomers and have a greater impact in our community. Altogether we serve 300 kids each summer. We all share the common goal of wanting to help better the lives of these youth newcomers and provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. We’ve found that by working together and sharing ideas that our respective programs have improved. During the summer the NYESS coalition comes together for two big occasions. The first being our sports day where all of the students from each program come together to participate and compete in different sporting events throughout the day. Finally, at the end of the summer the NYESS coalition comes together again for our annual Celebration of Learning event. At this event, we invite parents, family, sponsors, and community members to come and be a part of our program. The students have to opportunity to show off their projects by setting up displays and explaining to the guests what they learned throughout the summer. As well, many of the students take the chance perform for our guests in areas such as: dance, music (singing and playing instruments) poetry, etc.