The POGO School and Work Transitions Program
If you or someone you care for is a survivor of childhood cancer facing learning difficulties, The POGO School and Work Transitions Program can help.
Survivors of brain tumours and other childhood cancers can develop learning difficulties resulting from their disease or treatment. This can impact their ability to achieve their educational and career goals.
The POGO Transitions Program facilitates a smoother transition from high school to appropriate school and work opportunities.
Our newsletter is published twice a year and offers the latest information about services for childhood cancer and brain tumour survivors; general event listings; and articles about education, work and survivorship. We also have a Creative Corner column where we invite YOU to submit content, and our once-a-year Survivor Edition is written entirely by survivors!
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To subscribe to The POGO School and Work Transitions Program eNews, please select the distribution list that best corresponds to your POGO counsellor and/or closest major city:
- Hamilton Distribution List
Your POGO counsellor is Barb Williams, and/or your closest major city is Hamilton.
- London Distribution List
Your POGO counsellor is coming soon, and/or your closest major city is London.
- Ottawa/Kingston Distribution List
Your POGO counsellor is Sarah Brandon, and/or your closest major city is Ottawa or Kingston.
- Toronto Distribution List
Your POGO counsellor is Helen Antoniades and/or your closest major city is Toronto.
- Provide individual, customized service to young people, focusing on their strengths and skills
- Help survivors identify and implement learning strategies to improve academic or employment success
- Assist survivors with identifying appropriate career options and goals that will guide them through the career exploration process
- Develop a personal education and/or employment plan with survivors
- Link survivors with appropriate services and supports within colleges, universities, or the community
- Assist survivors in applying for admission to college or university and prepare survivors for employment
- Help survivors develop self-advocacy and problem-solving skills
The POGO Transitions Program Provincial Coordinator and POGO Counsellor-Hamilton
Email Barb Williams
416-475-2065 Fax 416-592-1304
Email Helen Antoniades
|Ottawa & Kingston
613-737-7600 ext. 3495
Email: Sarah Brandon
To Be Determined
The POGO Transitions Program Employment Handbook for Childhood Cancer SurvivorsWhen you’re a young job seeker, what’s the first step you take to find the right opportunity? How do you prepare for the interview? What should you include on your resume? And for childhood cancer survivors, when do you disclose a disability, or should you? Are there local resources you can use to help? The POGO Transitions Program Employment Handbook answers these and many other questions in an easy-to-read format that is sure to give you valuable tips and advice to help get you on the path to employment. Download PDF.
Pathways to Success for Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Guide for Educators, Counsellors and Families
The POGO Transitions Program developed this guide to provide clear, straightforward answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to effectively support survivors of childhood cancer as they move through critical transitions and choose pathways that meet their unique needs, capabilities and aspirations.This publication marks a critical step forward in closing the knowledge gap, removing barriers for survivors of childhood cancer and helping this important group of young people build successful and rewarding futures.
Pathways to Success for Youth Facing Neurocognitive Challenges: A Guide for Educators and Counsellors
This guide is a companion publication to Pathways to Success for Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Guide for Educators, Counsellors and Families. In addition to survivors of childhood cancer, it provides information on three other populations: Youth with acquired brain injury, epilepsy, and complications from premature birth. All three groups face similar issues as they transition from high school to post-secondary education or employment.Like the original publication, this guide is intended to assist educators and counsellors as they work with youth transitioning from child to adult, from pediatric care to adult care, and from high school to post-secondary education, apprenticeship or employment.