Since 2015, SYC has organized 2 night 3 day Adventure Camps in Spring for University youth and in Summer for both and University and High School aged youth. Adventure Camps provide youth with opportunities to explore the great Canadian outdoors, develop an active lifestyle, improve leadership skills, build teamwork skills, make new friends and build lasting memories. Youth take part in activities such as canoeing, hiking, camp setup, camp fires, team challenges and games. We usually take about 30 campers in Spring and about 70 campers in Summer.
Feed the Homeless
In 2017, SYC held its first annual Feed the Homeless event as an effort to give back to the community and as a meaningful life experience for the youth. The event focuses on distributing a healthy meal package to the homeless people living in the streets of downtown Toronto. All food packages contain a healthy meal and an inspirational note. The SYC youth organizes a fundraiser during community events to collect funds to support this initiative. They purchase the food items needed, prepare the food packages and then distribute them to the needy. Over the past 2 years we have distributed over 250 food packages. This year we expanded our feed the homeless project to include the donation of dry food rations to the local food bank.
Community Tree Planting Campaign
SYC celebrated its 4th annual Strong Roots tree planting event in 2018. The tree planting campaign is held in partnership with the City of Toronto who provide us with the trees, shrubs, wildflowers and the equipment for this event. SYC organizes the members of the community to come out and help plant the trees and help to grow Toronto’s urban forests. Each year over 100 members of the community participate in this event and over the past 4 years we have planted over 750 trees and shrubs.
Scholarships for Excellence
Since 2016, we have awarded scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships worth up to $1000 each are available annually to students from all faculties. The purpose of scholarship is to encourage and recognize high achievers in post-secondary education within our community. Awards are presented to the youth during our “Annual Gala and Celebration” at the end of each year.
Youth Awards and Recognition
We recognize high achieving youth in categories including education, sports, leadership and community service. Youth in middle school and higher are eligible to apply for these awards. Awards are presented to the youth during our “Annual Gala and Celebration” at the end of each year.
Duke Edinburgh’s International Award Unit
Since 2017, we have run a “Duke of Ed” unit for our community youth who are between 13 and 25 years of age. The Duke Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognized program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.
Toastmasters International Youth Leadership
SYC started this new initiative in 2018 with the support of a qualified Toastmasters International coach. The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight two-hour sessions that enable young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience.
Physical Activity Events
We run physical activity events few times a year for youth in middle school and higher. Our “March Madness” event takes youth to Sky Zone (Trampoline Park) during the March School break to spend few hours on the trampolines and connect with other youth in the community. Our “SYC Skate Night” event is usually run on December 26th every year at an outdoor skating rink. We also incorporate a physical activity component at our annual “Youth BBQ and Sports Day” event.
Youth BBQ and Sports Day
Since 2017, we have organized a BBQ and Sports Day event for youth in middle school and higher. We run many fun games and team challenges for the youth in addition to providing a tasty BBQ lunch and evening snacks. We also invite the parents to join the youth for tea and award ceremony in the evening.
Annual Gala and Celebration
SYC’s Annual Gala and Dinner is held to celebrate youth achievements in our community during the year. The Gala includes a Youth Award and Recognition ceremony and Scholarship presentations. We invite distinguished speakers to deliver positive messages to the youth and the rest of the community.