Most of us have fond memories of our childhood. Memories of playing ball with our parents, learning to ride a bike, going to concerts, having mom cheer us on at a soccer game, or having dad videotape us at a dance recital. Children who have suffered from abuse and neglect may not have these memories. Not only are they missing the memories, they also never learned the important skills that are developed through leisure based activities. This is why DCAF is committed to provide programs that support recreation enrichment and skills development. DCAF provides support for recreation, enrichment and skill development programs. Programs such as organized sports, art/music lessons, after school activities and school trips.
Additional programs include a supportive and encouraging approach to the development of essential Life Skills which include: Cooking, Mentoring and Financial Literacy.
Mentoring for Success Program
DCAF with the support of the RBC Foundation provides a Mentoring for Success Program for youth. One-to-one mentoring is provided as they transition out-of-care and/or begin their post-secondary education. During these often difficult years, youth are able to consult with adult mentors who provide encouragement and guidance. DCAF facilitates the process to recruit, train and support adult mentors. Qualified and trained mentors support a selected cohort of crown wards. These youth are aged 15 – 21 years old and are in DCAS care. Mentors connect with youth a few times each month. Mentorships are based on a two year commitment. Workshops and other activities are also provided by DCAF. For more information about becoming a mentor contact our Executive Director.
DCAF works with Durham area community based organizations (e.g. Their Opportunity) and local municipal recreation programs to provide enriching and life changing recreational based opportunities. The areas of art, music, tutoring, sports, dance are only a few of the available options.
How you can assist
With your support, DCAF is working to let children be children. Your donation will truly make a difference in the life of a child. These children would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the benefits of community based sports, education and other extra-curricular programs. Help by Giving Hope with a monthly contribution and Support Today Your support will ensure that Recreation Enrichment and Skills Development opportunities are available for children and youth in our community.