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.
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- Provide individual, customized school and work transitions service to young people, focusing on their strengths and skills
- Help survivors identify and implement strategies to improve school or work success
- Assist survivors with identifying achievable career options and pathways that will lead to that outcome
- Link survivors with appropriate services and supports within colleges, universities, or the community
- Support and advise survivors pursuing post-secondary program selection and admission and prepare survivors for employment
- Work to empower survivors with the development of self-advocacy and problem-solving skills
For survivors of childhood cancer who are 16 years or older, The POGO Transitions Program may be of help. For more information, please contact a POGO Counsellor.
Manager – The POGO School and Work Transitions Program
Email Barb Williams
|Toronto – Hospital for Sick Children|
Email Helen Antoniades
|Toronto – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre|
Email Sharon D’souza
|Ottawa & Kingston|
Email: Sarah Brandon
POGO Counsellor – Francophone
Email Carol Perry
Email Olivia Leja
Email Lindsay VanSickle
The POGO Transitions Program Employment HandbookWhen 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? This handbook answers these and many other questions that will 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.Download English PDF. Download French PDF.
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.