Power4Teens has been a lifetime in the making and opened it's doors in 2011 with summer day camps and small girls groups. Since that time it has developed and grown mainly as a result of the incredible people who have been part of it and supported its efforts. Most of our business comes from word of mouth and we are continually growing our community.
Our people are our product. We are continually growing and learning from each other, the kids and parents we encounter and from the courses we take. Our ability to teach and inspire others is by staying current and being continual students of life and by developing ourselves and our skills.
Offering programs for girls or those who identify as female.
What an AWESOME idea...... let's forget for a moment about traditional education, Kumon and Oxford Learning Centres, let's talk about what really creates success and happiness and invest our time in that.. oh yeah!! We know it's important to know how to multiply, do fractions and spell stuff, but it isn't everything, in fact at Power4Teens we believe there is so much more. True power, success and happiness comes from having a healthy self-esteem and confidence, it dictates how we treat and feel about ourselves and others, how we assert ourselves, view and act in the world, and take care of our basic needs and desires.
At Power4Teens we believe in an open mind, a strong body and a beautiful soul and all our lessons, teachings, interactions and activities reflect that belief. We create an environment where we celebrate the fact that we are all unique and respect others differing opinions and we seek to grow together as a community. We believe you need a good understanding of yourself (which can take an entire lifetime!) to know how to manage your emotions and relationships with others. It is only with practice that we achieve a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and we achieve that mainly through silliness, fun & laughter.
So join us for fun, laughter, fitness, building self esteem, meeting great people and working out who you are, who you want to be, what you want to do and start living the life of that person NOW.
Why wait to feel fab-YOU-lous!!
There is a manifold of incredible people that make the Power4Teens groups, camps, workshops and retreats varied and exciting. Whether it be a self defence class, a Zumba class, meditation, or nutritional advice all of these incredible people have dedicated themselves to the health and wellness industry.
Everyone who comes to teach, consult or advise for Power4Teens does so with the objective of helping youth and adults find balance in their lives and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices by creating knowledge, self-esteem and POWER.
Power4Teens is a network of incredible people with specialized experience in fitness (Zumba, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, self-defence), health and wellness industry (nutritionists, beauty therapists) and teen psychology (clinical psychologists, social workers).
As a wife, a mama to a beautiful baby girl, Kaiya, and the proud owner Power4Teens, Shyanne isn’t as shy as her name suggests.
She lives her life to the fullest and loves to inspire, create and motivate others. Becoming an entrepreneur was simply inevitable.
With an education in Health & Fitness, she has been active in the field from the very start and for 12+ years added working with children to the mix! Shyanne lives and breathes health & wellness for the mind, body & soul of all ages.
Although, Shyanne is not at all new to Power4Teens, having the "torch" passed onto her from the amazing Charlie (founder) has been a new and wonderful experience! Shyanne's life purpose is to motivate, coach, inspire and touch every single person who comes in contact with Power4Teens. She can be a tough cookie but knows exactly how to push you to your limits with her thinking "outside of the box" approach.
Empowering youth in a unique, indescribable way, teaching them about the fundamentals of life & everyday leadership has and always will be her life's work! As a fitness professional, life coach, youth empowerment coach, Shyanne is a lifelong learner and passionately continues to share her wisdom and leads by example.
“As a teen I could have used positive role models to influence my life. Being able to be that person now and give back to the community and be able to influence those who need it most, really brings out the best in me. It is truly an indescribable feeling knowing that I am helping change lives of others at such a young age. I seriously have the BEST job in the world!”
No-one could ever say Charlie doesn't know how to have a good time, if there's fun to be had, she'll be there. If she wants something she'll go and get it. She's enthusiastic with boundless energy and a positive outlook on life. She doesn't take life or herself too seriously but takes living very seriously.
Charlie holds an honours degree from Bristol University (England) and tax qualifications from the UK and US. She worked many years as an international tax advisor for Deloitte & Touche and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Realizing her interests and skills could be put to better use she redirected her life path and retrained to become a registered psychotherapist (RP). She is also a personal trainer and fitness instructor with CAN-FIT-PRO and believes for optimal health is a combination of mind, body and spirit.
She is a dedicated athlete, adventure racer, soccer coach, wife and mother; but it is life's experiences, her rocky teenage years and profound understanding and connection with youth which led to her creating Power4Teens.
With a unique connection to youth and the positivity of this new generation combined with an understanding of the challenges, she provides the perfect place for them to discuss and explore their concerns. Whether it be a difficult relationship, effects of divorce, stress and anxiety, depression, eating disorders or sexuality, Charlie effectively leads youth to explore and understand themselves to help them discover the solution to their situation.
Most people discover their true power in their 30's, 40's, 50's, sometimes never. Charlie's goal is to bring this knowledge and strength to teens so they can start living a life free from fear and full of confidence right NOW. Why wait to feel fabulous?
This nature loving woman comes with such amazing energy and experience. We feel truly blessed. An entrepreneur who had her own medical business, she sold up a few years ago to fulfill her passion; working and mentoring adults and youth through coaching and connecting them to their authentic self, their true strengths, nature and outdoors.
She has been creating amazing workshops on character strengths in west Toronto which have been very well received by parents and kids alike. She is now looking for a regular gig where she can share her knowledge and help kids to develop their strengths and passions through strengths based activities, play, dance, art, and connection. The girls groups are a great fit for her to develop youth over time while having fun.
She has been doing amazing work facilitating with the Pine project, which takes kids outdoors, connects them with nature and she is well loved. Her ability to connect so well with people is that her age can range from 0-100 depending who she is with and what is needed in the moment, she’s timeless, showing that age is just an attitude. A true intuitive worker, her programs flow from what is needed by the group. The first conversation we had she started with 'I was with a friend the other day, she's 5'......... enough said, I get it!!
Franny has been working with children for over 15 years and has an extensive amount of knowledge and experience running her own leadership and workshops for youth! She is also an amazing mom to a very active and ambitious girl, Miracle.
Fran will be our Leader in Training coordinator for week 3 and cannot wait to have an amazing week with our teens. Her energy is contagious, so watch out!!!!
Ok kids, this is our game queen right here! Bridget is a P4T veteran and is now an awesome member of our team. With endless energy, Bridget will run, sing, dance and play until you tell her to stop!
She embodies everything our camp stands for and are so happy to have her as a strong role model for our campers. She loves to ski in the beautiful Switzerland and always has fun stories to share.
Bridget has spent many summers with us (since she was 9) and is really looking forward to running fun and active workshops about friendships, and confidence, obstacle courses and paddleboarding.
Alright everyone... this lovely lady is our official karaoke superstar. Loryn's positive and enthusiasm
Loryn is a P4T veteran and has been volunteering with our groups for a few years. She is a beautiful ray of sunshine who has a contagious, positive energy. Loryn loves to empower and influence others and truly leads by example. You cannot help but sing your heart out when Loryn is around!
With a busy schedule, Loryn makes sure to spend as much time with her pup, Ralph, and does things that makes her happy!
Abi is one of our newest members to our crazy crew, but joined as if she's been with us for years. Abi loves everything about life and her energy truly reflects that. She is a positive, and honest soul and is not shy to embrace her authentic self.
Our campers will learn a ton from her and will see her as the great role model that she is. Singing, dancing, playing games or screaming at the top of our lungs, Abi is all for having making every camper feel welcome.
Abi is going into her second year of University in the beautiful British Columbia.
Clara is another P4T veteran who has really grown into a phenomenal human. You would think she is shy as first but all you have you do is lock eye contact and will find yourself having endless conversation and laughs!
Clara loves to move and dance and may teach some of our camps ballet, both flat and en pointe. In the winter, Clara is a Ski instructor with the younger kiddos. She has a contagious smile, very calm vibe and will keep us on schedule this summer with her fantastic organizational skills!
Being a teenager and overcoming many obstacles in her life, her goals are to talk about resilience, friendships and stepping outside of your comfort zone once in a while at camp and how it can change our understanding and perspective about ourselves and in our lives.
Charlotte is one of the newest members of our awesome team! Charlotte is our makeup queen and also enjoys doing hair.
Charlotte is super spunky and filled with a ton of energy. She is obsessed with learning how to skateboard and loved to longboard too. She loves working with kids, hanging out with friends, listening the music and all things around good vibes.
You will always know when Charlotte is in the room and always knows how to make you smile!
The question is always, "where's Jenifer?" If she's not with Power4Teens camps and retreats she can be found anywhere on the globe, surfing, teaching yoga and spreading her essence and calm beautiful energy. Always exploring and with a heart for adventure.
Jenifer's love of board sports started on the epic hills of Ontario on her snowboard and the busy streets of Toronto on her long board. On a snowboarding road-trip adventure in B.C. a faulty bungee cord caused her to loose her snowboard. Bummed about her loss but staying true to her zen-like nature her solution was to keep heading west to Tofino to give surfing a try, with rented gear and a few pointers, Jenifer jumped into the pacific and with a little patience, caught her first wave initiating her love of surfing. On the same trip she and her friends continued south to California, where they surfed with sea lions in San Francisco and great whites in a secret hippy surf town off Highway 1. Since then her surfing travels took her to Nova Scotia, Peru, Ecuador, and in 2009 Jenifer was introduced to Paddle boarding on Lake Ontario, she has surfed the lake waves, paddled from sunrise to sunset and discovered a deep connection to the water.
Paddle boarding's balancing connection to body, breath and water compliments her Yoga roots and she looks forward to sharing early morning paddle and sun-salutations on Lake Ontario every summer.
Jenifer is a Certified Paddle Board Instructor through Paddle Canada, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, and CPR & First Aid Certified.
We are so excited to have Olivia on our team. Her detailed organization skills combined with her 'go with the flow' and 'just stop and be for a moment' mentality help create a beautiful structured yet relaxed environment for kids and junior counsellors to shine at camp. A great team player who has the ability to take control and relinquish it to others when needed.
She is a bundle of creative energy always ready for impromptu visual art projects or improvised dramatic skits with imaginary props. Olivia is a firm believer in living with your heart on your sleeve and embracing your true and authentic self. She is very playful and connects with others in her favourite way; through laughter! She believes that a life full of funny faces and strange dances is a life worth living. When you hear the song 'this girl is on fire' you know it was written for people like Liv.
Olivia is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bsc in Biological Science. Olivia tutors students up to High School in Science, Maths & French and has led 12-week after-school leadership programs teaching resilience, confidence and how to successfully transition into high school. These experiences sparked Olivia’s passion for empowering youth to succeed in school and in life.
Olivia’s passion to share how self-love, mindfulness, meditation, compassion, believing in yourself and the power of positive thinking can re-train our brains and change our lives is the foundation for her tutoring business “Learning with Liv” that services the High Park community in Toronto.
Ruth is just incredible and when you meet her you'll know what we mean. She is an honours student and in her first year at Trent University where she is President of her house and just won the Rowing award (among others). With a goal to become Canada's first black prime minister and with the attitude to get her there we are so happy to have her at P4T for another year.
Whether it is dancing around the campfire or playing Big Booty she knows how to get kids, young & old(!) motivated and inspired. Her dance background, energy, compassion and positivity about life and her experience of life challenges give her the perfect balance between crazy, serious and fun that everyone can relate to and learn from.
Ruth has over ten years of summer camp experience. She took on the role of a leader in training at Camp Good News and then went on to become an overnight camp counsellor and cabin leader. Ruth has completed several leadership training programs with Toronto Parks and Recreation, Power 4 Teens, and Child Evangelism Fellowship Ontario (CEF). Ruth attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts for dance and she continues to share her dance knowledge with children in her community.
Ruth loves being in the outdoors and working with youth. Ruth’s moto is “Life is Beautiful”.