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Every summer since 2008, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has partnered with not-for-profit groups through the Focus on Youth program to support them in delivering summer programs that keep young people safe and active.

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Programs and activities are focused on:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • sports and recreation
  • culture and the arts
  • leadership development and mentorship
  • programs targeted at meeting the needs of specific populations

Be sure to follow @focusonyouth_hwdsb on Instagram for updates.

See our recent blog post for Resume and Cover Letter Tips.

Focus on Youth 2023

The application process for Focus on Youth 2023 student employment will open Monday, May 1, 2023.

If selected to participate in the program, student employment will begin Monday, July 3, 2023.


    • Must be 16 to 21 years of age as of July 3, 2023
    • Must have been registered in an HWDSB program in 2022/23
    • Must have interests/talents in one of the following areas:
      • Sports
      • Arts / crafts
      • Community support and leadership
      • Music / drama / dance
      • Cultural activities
      • Technology
      • Mental Health activities
    • Must have an up-to-date resume
    • 3 Professional/Teacher References – can be volunteer related
    • Social insurance number and a bank/chequing account
    • Will be required to pass a criminal record check if over the age of 18 (costs provided by the program)
    • Must be able to commit to working from:
      • July 3 – August 25 (weekdays, not including Canada Day and the Civic Holiday)
    • 30 to 40 hours per week (varies by site)

If you have questions or concerns regarding an application, please contact us at focusonyouth@hwdsb.on.ca

Focus on Youth applications open Monday, May 1, 2023.

Please email your resume and cover letter to: focusonyouth@hwdsb.on.ca

Included in your cover letter, indicate how your previous employment/volunteer work/ leadership experience will benefit you in this summer employment opportunity. Also, include areas of employment that interest you: literacy/numeracy, sports/recreation, mentorship, health/nutrition, technology, the arts.

We ask that any applicants interested in both the Focus on Youth and Summer Co-op Program please indicate their Summer Co-op interest within the FOY submission email, along with all other required documents.

Deadline for Applications is Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

If selected, students will be interviewed between ­­­Wednesday, June 7 and Friday, June 16 2023.

Program Contacts

Amber Aquin
Engagement Officer

Shawn McKillop
Communications and Community Engagement Manager

Updated on Thursday, July 09, 2015.
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