When you don't have all the answers to life's questions or need help during difficult times, the counsellors and therapists of Counselling Services for York Region are there to help. With individual, group, and couples counselling, each person who comes to the centre has options to find clarity, overcome fears, or change directions. Youth services are also a priority here, with counselling available for young people going through stressful situations. A special set of workshops also helps students and workers gain extra skills for professional development, such as time management and study-skills training.
At Agora Chess, young students' minds are continually packed with new information, much like their school lockers are somehow always replenished with loose-leaf paper of indeterminate origin. Agora currently enlightens blossoming thinkers primarily through its chess program, though it has plans to offer tutoring and a science club in the near future. In chess classes, children learn the game's basics, including how to move pieces, take notes, and devise a strategy. These skills translate into players' everyday lives by helping develop a sharper memory and a knack for problem solving and creativity.
How Cool Is That? goes to great lengths to ease the mental anxieties of not only students, but also their parents. Their qualified instructors aims to enrich students' understanding while also boosting their marks within a short time frame using hands-on application of math and science concepts. Along the way, instructors teach students study skills that will help them learn without help in the future. Each location teaches lessons that align with the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Ontario curriculum.
The expert photographer of Prosperi Studio has spent decades perfecting his art of the camera, wielding his lens to capture weddings and commercial shoots. In order to share his love of photography even further, he created the The Institute of Creative Photography in order to introduce students to the art and science of photography through basic and advanced workshops.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having to scribble them on your hand. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
Katerina Atapina sees no conflict between fun and professionalism. Armed with degrees in both art and education, she designs classes that underpin the exuberant artwork of kids and adults with a firm grasp of colour theory, design principles, and technique. Even high-school students often turn to the school to develop the skills they’ll need to pursue careers in comic-book illustration, animation, and fashion design. Weekly workshops and art classes for adults and children focus on painting, ceramics, watercolours, and sculpture, and summer camps help students beat the heat by painting ice-cold pictures of lemonade or crocheting a ceiling fan.