African and Caribbean youth in the Northwest Region of the City of Toronto have on average lower social determinants of health (i.e. low income, inadequate housing, un/under-employment, food insecurity, low educational attainment, etc.). Young people need positive and reliable role models to create and maintain goals, and to develop self-efficacy, and many youth here often lack significant access to mentors or personal development programming. We believe that to become contributing members of society, one must also have access to positive personal and professional role models to develop self-awareness and self-efficacy.
This mentoring program seeks to restore a sense of history and place for the youth, of where they come from and how to take the knowledge and oral history of the past to go towards the future. It focuses on self-esteem, building resiliency, fostering community responsibility, and creating community leaders amongst African and Caribbean youth, while increasing the protective factors for social well-being while decreasing the risk factors for harm. >>See Full Job Description