YMCA Of Greater Toronto | Youth Programs

Black Achievers mentorship program

This program is dedicated to the advancement of Black Youth in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and aims to provide Black youth with the opportunity to develop socially and academically with the support of Black mentors and role models.

Black Achievers mentorship program is a signature program of the YMCA of Greater Toronto championed by our Black Experience Staff Advisory Committee (BESAC) and dedicated to the advancement of Black (including African- and Caribbean-Canadian or other Newcomer) youth.

Who can get involved?

To start, the Black Achievers mentorship program will bring together youth ages 14 to 19 who identify as Black, are high school students and live in the Kingston Galloway, Malvern and Dorset Park neighbourhoods in Scarborough.

As this is a new program, we want to ensure we’re delivering the best possible program to Black youth. By introducing the program to select neighbourhoods in Scarborough, the Y will be able to learn first-hand what students need before expanding to other parts of the Greater Toronto Area.

Our goal is to expand the program throughout the community to help as many youth as possible, which starts with providing a successful first program to youth in these Scarborough neighbourhoods.

Interested in joining the program as a mentor or mentee please click on the tab specific to your interest.

When is the Black Achievers mentorship program starting?

Starting in September 2021, participating youth will meet virtually on a weekly basis and be introduced to:

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  • Black mentors and role models in the community and their experiences at a similar age
  • Workplace and post-secondary campus exposure through visits and event participation
  • Life and interpersonal skills as they learn about different pathways to available careers and networking
  • A welcoming community of support from participating mentors and the YMCA of Greater Toronto

What does the program include?

Youth programs at the Y are specifically designed to help youth achieve their goals or get back on track. New friends, new skills, counselling – you can find it all and more at the Y!

The Black Achievers mentorship program will help participating youth connect with Black mentors and role models to facilitate access to resources, connections and education including:

  • Mentoring for life skills, study skills, interpersonal skills, and to learn about pathways to various careers
  • Workplace visits and post-secondary campus tours
  • Career development testing
  • Community service and events
  • Leveraging partner relationships to potentially build out resources like tutoring and scholarships

Why now?

We want more Black young people to have aspiration, opportunity and support to complete their education, get volunteer/work experience, and transition to meaningful and stable career paths. Ultimately, the project aims to help Black youth achieve the support, life skills, and improved employment outcomes that will positively affect their lifelong health and well-being.

Special thanks to our founding launch donors for their support!

Every year, our charity serves Black youth in the community through leadership development programs and other services, and thanks to the support of our founding launch donors, the Y is able to continue supporting communities through important initiatives such as Black Achievers.

Special thanks to all YMCA Black Achievers mentorship program partners and donors!

  • Toronto Community Housing
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board

Did you know our Y is a charity?

You can donate online to the Black Achievers program today. To share your interest and learn more, please contact Renee Beneteau, CFRE, Senior Director, Philanthropy at 647-981-1309 or renee.beneteau@ymcagta.org.