SUPPORT FOR
PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Each year you show your commitment to young people in Ontario – to their happiness, well-being and safety. Providing a place where kids can unplug from technology, connect with other kids their age, and learn new skills is transformational.

SUPPORT FOR
PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Each year you show your commitment to young people in Ontario – to their happiness, well-being and safety. Providing a place where kids can unplug from technology, connect with other kids their age, and learn new skills is transformational.

Three young boys and their counsellor interact without the distraction of technology

As a Program Director, you’re responsible for the physical and emotional safety of hundreds of kids throughout the year, constantly putting the needs of others ahead of yourself. You have made the intentional choice to offer recreational programs that include ALL children. You are creating an environment where ALL kids can become the best versions of themselves.

You are our heroes.

“REACH helps plan a co-ordinated, purposeful approach to inclusion through training, program development and liaison work between camps and families…integration works if there’s support, but it doesn’t if that support is missing.” – Diana, REACH Parent

A group of girls and their counsellors are all smiles and inclusivity … and that’s invaluable

HIRING STAFF

Hiring people who value success for all children and training all staff is vitally important.

Throughout the hiring process, a program delivery partner’s philosophy of inclusion should be clear and creating an atmosphere in which staff can openly discuss their concerns and questions will make all the difference. If staff members feel like they can express their opinions and fears, they will feel more committed to what their programs are trying to accomplish. When your entire staff has the mindset and belief system firmly in place that all children and youth can make friends, all children can participate and all children can be successful, they will feel more equipped and empowered to positively support children’s connections and behaviours.

TRAINING

Operating within already established programs and sponsored by partner agencies, training is achieved through a tested model of integrated programming, customized training, and active resource support to camp and recreation personnel, volunteers and recreational staff at participating locations. It is through our 1:1 support model and training that we assist you in achieving an integrated and inclusive program.  

We actively encourage program partners to comply with federal mandates such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) – i.e., accessible playgrounds, wheelchair access, accessible bussing for programs – while stressing the removal of attitudinal barriers and challenges with infrastructure.

Inclusion training is not just limited to the counsellors providing direct 1:1 support to program participants. REACH believes inclusion is an attitude. To that end, we provide program training for every staff member to ensure there is full integration of REACH participants. We deliver regional and customized training that is both site-specific and participant-specific. Plus there are ongoing pre-camp training sessions and on-site resource visits by trained in-field staff. All activities include providing adaptive equipment, critical support and ongoing consultations.

Regional Training:

  • A multi-level, regionally based training for senior program staff and supervisors
  • Focuses on our core modules of inclusion, differing abilities, social/communication, behaviour and
    personal care
  • Provides a great opportunity to network with others in your region

Pre-Program Training:

  • On-site training for all program staff
  • Customizable to be site- and program-specific
  • Designed to help address questions that are unique to each individual program

Leaders-in-Training:

  • An interactive workshop for volunteers and leaders-in-training
  • Fosters understanding and conversations around the importance of inclusion and integration within all programs

We look forward to hearing from you! For more information on training in your area and to access a calendar of upcoming training sessions, click on the button below!

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563 Dundas St. East, Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7
Tel: 416-503-0088
Fax: 416-503-0485

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