YMCA Of Greater Toronto | Youth Programs
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.
You can support scholarships for post-secondary tuition awarded directly to Black youth mentees in their final year of high school.
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 Scarborough communities.
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. Introducing the program in communities in Scarborough allowed us to learn first-hand what students need and to ensure that we're delivering the best possible program to Black youth, before expanding to other parts of the Greater Toronto Area
Interested in joining the program as a mentor or mentee please click on the tab specific to your interest.
Starting in September 2021, participating youth will meet virtually on a weekly basis and be introduced to:
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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.