Children & Youth

Supporting our youth to become the future leaders of Toronto

Dixon Hall’s Children & Youth department works with over 600 children and young people every year, from ages 3 to 29. Our programs are built with their voices in mind and their needs guide our work.

We believe that all children and youth deserve opportunities to learn, to grow, to be challenged, to inspire one another, to feel safe, to feel exceptional and to have an adult in their life who will support them through anything.


Youth Centre

415-417 Gerrard St. East
Toronto, ON M5A 2H4


Sandra Costain
Children & Youth Interim Director

The Show Love Café, Dixon Hall’s social enterprise, provides meaningful employment for youth in a safe and supportive environment so that they can learn and grow into the labour market through hands-on experience and one-on-one training.

Located on the ground floor of Daniels Spectrum, the Show Love Café’s daily menu is filled with popular local delights such as fresh coffee, soup, sandwiches and desserts.

Event catering is also available by calling 416.363.2323.

Click here to see the Show Love Café’s daily hot lunch menu.

Our Mentoring for Violence Prevention (MVP) program uses sport to provide mentorship to young people and to address issues around youth violence.

Youth have the opportunity to join a team and experience the benefits of taking part in positive, productive and anti-violence activities. During practices and throughout the season, team members and their peers are encouraged to discuss real life issues and to seek help whenever they need it.

To learn more about our MVP Program and/or how to join a team, contact:|
Ronnie Williams, MVP Coordinator

A leader in downtown east communities when it comes to working with high-risk youth, our Youth At-Risk program offers a dedicated safe space and access to a Youth Worker who’s available throughout the week for one-to-one counselling, as well as intervention and support.

To learn more about this program, contact:
Kenneth Slater, Interim Children & Youth Manager

Our Keeping Youth Motived Committee (KYM) is made up of 12 young, aspiring future leaders who plan events for youth in the community and lead by example.

All of KYM’s events are youth-led, youth-focused, and are aimed at highlighting and elevating young people in our community. They range from art-based, to sport-focused, to community beautification.

To learn more about the KYM Committee, contact:
Ivi Lindau, Youth Worker

Designed specifically for young women, our girls and young women’s programming offers activities that are aimed at promoting resiliency, self-care, coping skills, stress and anger management, healthy relationships, physical and mental health, healthy eating, and positive risk-taking.

One-to-one support and counselling services are also available at our Girls Only Drop-in Centre.

To learn more about this program, contact:
Aleshia Nigh-Neverson, Youth Worker

In partnership with seven community organizations, Growing Up Health Downtown (GUHD) is a program which focuses on improving the health and well-being of young children ages 0 to 6 by offering support and skills-based workshops for their parents or caregivers.

Program topics include how to prepare affordable healthy meals, positive parenting, social skills development and more.

To learn more about this program, contact:
Ronnie Thompson

Our Summer and March Break Camps provide children and youth with the opportunity to develop positive social skills, discover new experiences and create good memories.

Summer Day Camp runs Monday to Friday in July and August for children ages 4 to 12.

Summer Slam Camp and March Break Camp are for youth ages 13 to 17, and focus on skills development, positive risk-taking, recreation and education through experience.

Many of our camp activities take place outside of the GTA to provide experience with new environments for youth.

Camp Flyers
Summer Day Camp Flyer
Summer Slam Camp Flyer

To learn more about Summer Day Camp, contact:
Ivi Lindau, Summer Camp Supervisor

To learn more about Summer Slam Camp and March Break Camp, contact:
Aleshia Nigh-Neverson, Summer Slam & March Break Supervisor

Latest News

Children & Youth
01 Feb

Remembering Ali Rizeig

Our Director of Children and Youth Programs, Sandra Costain spoke with Metro Morning to remember Ali Rizeig, a young man...

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Children & Youth
19 Oct

Because of Aleshia

At Dixon Hall, we have no shortage of women who make a difference in the lives of some of our city’s most vulnerable residents every day. One of the many extraordinary women who work at Dixon Hall is Aleshia Nigh-Neverson,

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Children & Youth
25 Aug

Houzayfa’s Basketball Diary

14-year-old Houzayfa was born and raised in Regent Park. Two years ago, when he was in Grade 6, Houzayfa became the youngest player to ever participate in our basketball league.

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