The CIL Summer Youth Program was held from June 3rd to August 8th and it was a HUGE success! Youth with disabilities aged 14-24 years had the opportunity to participate in various fun, hands-on, educational and work-related activities, as well as develop their social skills.
Activities over the summer included fieldtrips to the SFC Teaching Zoo and Planetarium, guest speakers from NAMI, Fit for All Human Foosball at GHF, computer skills classes, youth peer mentor groups, ILS classes, Afro-Brazilian music classes, bingo, cards, arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt.
The social parties were awesome as well! They included a Brazilian June Festival, Karaoke Party, Mexican Party, and to close the program, youth participated in a Talent Show where they were able to show off their unique and individual talents, such as singing, dancing, drawing and reciting poetry!
Our High School High Tech (HSHT) Program had a great summer too! During the summer, our HSHT students participated in 52 career experiences that included paid summer internships, part-time employment, job shadowing and volunteering! Students gained invaluable job-related skills, including those soft skills so many employers seek in their employees and applicants.
HSHT had a very successful 2018-2019 school year as well. 100% of all participating seniors graduated from high school and 85% of our graduates transitioned into post-secondary education and/or employment!
Congratulations to all of our CIL and HSHT youth and all you have accomplished so far!