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.

Summer Camp 2020 - Update

Camp will be run with heightened sanitary and physical distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of all the campers, staff and families we serve.

Thank you for your interest in Dixon Hall Summer Camp. Registration for our 2020 session is full. We were not able to accommodate the number of campers we have in previous years due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19.

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Youth Centre

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

Contact

Sandra Costain
Children & Youth Director
e. sandra.costain@dixonhall.org

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:
Kenneth Slater, Interim Children & Youth Manager
e. kenneth.slater@dixonhall.org

A special thank you to our generous program sponsor

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
e. kenneth.slater@dixonhall.org

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:
Aleshia Neverson, Youth Worker
e. aleshia.neverson@dixonhall.org

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
e. aleshia.neverson@dixonhall.org

Girl Fit Club is a program designed for young women, aged 13 - 18. Running weekly on Thursdays, our youth workers Ivi and Aleshia lead a group work-out that is  easily transferable to a home setting. Post work-out the girls prepare a healthy dinner together and participate in a workshop centered around issues young women today face from healthy relationships and self-esteem, personal hygiene, eating nutritious, well-balanced meals, navigating social media and more. The Girl Fit Club is a place for young women to connect, support, and grow together.

To learn more about this program, contact:
Aleshia Nigh-Neverson, Youth Worker
e. aleshia.neverson@dixonhall.org

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In partnership with seven community organizations, Growing Up Healthy 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
e. ronnie.thompson@dixonhall.org

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.

To learn more about Summer Day Camp, contact:
Sandra Costain, Children & Youth Director
e. sandra.costain@dixonhall.org

Latest News

Children & Youth
06 Jul

Kids Deserve a Summer of Fun

For more than 40 years Dixon Hall Summer Camp has provided young campers a summer of opportunity, the chance to try new things, and to build relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. Dixon Hall remains committed to helping our young friends look ahead to a safe and enjoyable summer.

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Virtual Music Lessons
Children & Youth, Music School, News, Stories
09 Jun

Tuning in for Music Lessons

As closures of services and businesses were mandated in the city of Toronto earlier this year, Dixon Hall Music School adapted quickly to ensure continued support for its young musical community. 

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photo of girl at christmas party holding colouring book
Children & Youth, Housing Services, Music School, News, Seniors Services, Stories, Volunteer
23 Dec

December Recap: How We Ended the Year with Holiday Cheer at Dixon Hall

We are leaving 2019 behind and entering a new decade! Here's how we celebrated the spirit of the holiday season and got ready for 2020.

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Our Supporters

Dixon Hall Children & Youth would like to thank these organizations for their generous support: