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Youth Leader Story: Fatima from Toronto Youth Development

5/25/2017 2:08:18 PM
Organization: Toronto Youth Development
Program Name: Academic, Character, and Sports Enrichment Summer Camps
Grant: Community Action Grant
"Fatima Ahmed has been with Toronto Youth Development (TYD) for over five years – coming in initially as a student of our many programs, then transitioning to a volunteer and then finally a staff member. She started off as a student in 2007, after finishing grade 5, and fell in love with the staff and the facilities that the camp offered. Ms. Ahmed says that the staff and volunteers led her to realize her passion for learning and helped her gain the confidence to excel in her studies at school. Her unforgettable experience at the camp led her to come back as a camper for a total of 3 consecutive years. After graduating from middle school, Ms. Ahmed was recruited as a volunteer to help tutor the students at the camp from 2011-2013.
TYD’s Executive Director saw how much the camp positively impacted Ms. Ahmed that he decided to offer her the position of Program Director in 2016. She was the first person to be hired as a staff after initially attending the camp as a student. Being the Program Director for over 50 students, Ms. Ahmed gained further appreciation of the hard-work that the staff must put into the camp to make it enjoyable for all the students. As the Program Director, Ms. Ahmed recruited and managed her own team of counsellors, and efficiently executed all programming for the 2016 Girls Summer Camp.

Ms. Ahmed recently finished her second year in Biomedical Science at Ryerson University. She has been hired as a part-time tutor for first year science students and as a full-time Research Assistant (RA) at her school.
Toronto Youth Development is extremely proud of Ms. Ahmed and her accomplishments, and we wish her well in her studies and career. She has truly developed into an outstanding individual!
Youth can sign up for programs and events at: http://www.torontoyouth.org/"