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.

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Youth Centre

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

Contact

Sandra Costain
Children & Youth Interim 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:
Ivi Lindau, Youth Worker
e. ivi.lindau@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:
Ivi Lindau, Summer Camp Supervisor
e. ivi.lindau@dixonhall.org

To learn more about Summer Slam Camp and March Break Camp, contact:
Aleshia Nigh-Neverson, Summer Slam & March Break Supervisor
e. aleshia.neverson@dixonhall.org

Latest News

Children & Youth
16 Nov

Youth Centre Construction Update: We Broke Ground!

Our new Youth Centre has been a major area of focus at Dixon Hall over the last several years. The journey to the construction process was long, and we're thrilled to share that we have broken ground. We'll be sharing updates throughout the construction process, as we complete this agency milestone.

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Children & Youth
08 Mar

Working with Young Women and Mothers in Regent Park

Our Children & Youth department work closely with young women and mothers in Regent Park to create strong and healthy women. To celebrate International Women's Day, we're recognizing the different ways we empower women and help them recognize their strengths.

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Children & Youth
08 Nov

Governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto invest in Dixon Hall Youth Centre

We're thrilled to announce we've completed fundraising for our new youth centre in the heart of Regent Park, thanks to a generous donation from our federal, provincial, and municipal governments. This project also received incredible support from the business community throughout the duration of our Capital Campaign.

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Our Supporters

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