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Recreation, Enrichment and Skills Development

What does Recreation, Enrichment and Skills Development mean to you? These are opportunities to encourage the wellness in the life of a child or youth.  Children who live in vulnerable situations.

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. Furthermore, they never learned the important skills that are developed through leisure based activities. As a result, DCAF is committed to provide programs that support recreation enrichment and skills development. For instance, programs include organized sports, art/music lessons, after school clubs, School Break activities and school trips.

Similarly, programs also include a supportive and encouraging approach to the development of essential Life Skills. Life Skills Programs include: Cooking, Careers and Financial Literacy.

Mentoring for Success Program

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DCAF with the support of the RBC Foundation provides a Mentoring for Success Program for youth. One-to-one mentoring is provided as youth 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 and Their Opportunity facilitate the process to recruit, train and support adult mentors. Qualified and trained mentors support a selected cohort of crown wards. These youth are aged 13 – 21 years old and are usually in the care of Durham Children’s Aid Society. Youth from the community are also invited to inquire about this program.

Firstly, mentors connect with youth a few times each month. Secondly, mentorships are generally based on a two year commitment. Thirdly, training, workshops and other activities are also provided by DCAF. For more information about becoming a mentor contact Jacqueline Vieira, Program Coordinator .

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DCAF is pleased to announce that through the generosity of community donations generated through For The Herd Stories, Rotary Club of Whitby and Kubota Canada Ltd., Own Your Story is providing support for horseback riding lessons for children and youth. In addition, riders receive a helmet, polo shirt, initial assessment and lessons at a Durham based stable. More details and information contact Dennis Ullman .

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Updated information regarding funding for technology (laptops, cell phones, tablets), Financial Literacy, Educational Tutoring and Life Skills will soon be available. For information contact Executive Director, Dennis Ullman at 905.433.1551, Ext. 2379 or via email.

Special Thanks to TD Bank Group for their support of the Tutoring -Educational Support Program.

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Community Partnerships

DCAF works with Durham area community based organizations (e.g. Their Opportunity) and local municipal recreation programs to provide enriching, rehabilitative 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 donation will ensure that Recreation Enrichment and Skills Development opportunities are available for children and youth in our community.

Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) is committed to collaborating with the community to enable equal opportunities for children, youth, and families, so that they may reach their full potential.

Support Our Children

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 4000 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, Youth or Family 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, Youth or Family Shall Be Left Behind.