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Recreation Enrichment and Skills Development

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.

Community Partnerships

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.

Durham Children's Aid Foundation is committed to bringing people and financial resources together to improve the quality of life for children and youth, and to help them reach their full potential.

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By supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) you can help turn hope into reality, challenge into triumph and adversity into opportunity for over 2500 children, youth and their families.

There are many ways you can help to make a profound impact and change the life of a child. Your gift will help to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.

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We Want to Thank Our Supporters

Durham Children’s Aid Foundations is pleased to acknowledge the commitment and ongoing support of our Innovators, Champions, Partners, Mentors and Donors who help to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.