February marks the beginning of Black History Month
For the month of February, we are highlighting charities that are crucial to supporting Black Canadians from kids and youth to entrepreneurs. It is a month to celebrate the growing legacy of Black Canadians.
In 1978, the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) was created. A year later when a petition was brought to the city of Toronto proclaiming February to be Black History Month it was passed! In 1993, the OBHS brought this same petition to the Ontario government, passing again. And in 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized Black History Month.
This month we will be highlighting charities that recognize and support to Black Canadians across the country.
Pour3Points – Montreal
This organization was created by a Quebec-local named Fabrice Vil who grew up in an underprivileged community. He realized the importance of coaches guiding kids and teens. He started Pour3Points to pair vulnerable youth with positive and challenging coaches to guide them in life. P3P programs are growing among schools in Quebec, and gaining national interest in school boards across the country. As the importance of a positive influence amongst growing teens is becoming recognized, Vil has stepped up to fill that role. He trains life coaches who then go and train local youth in a number of things including exercise, education and life lessons. In the last year, Vil, a Black man, has used this platform to discuss issues of racism and inequality and ways to dismantle it.
CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals – Toronto
The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals is a Toronto based charity that is dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers that affect Black youth ages 14 and over who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET).
Their mission is to create a society and economy in which Black youth achieve financial prosperity and high quality of life for themselves and their families to contribute to the advancement of Canada.
Tropicana Community Services – Scarborough
Our mission is to offer culturally aware and supportive programs to those in need, including but not limited to counselling, settlement services, childcare, education, personal development, and employment services, with a predominant focus on the Caribbean, Black and African communities of Toronto.
Jane and Finch Centre – Toronto
The Jane/Finch Centre is a multi-service, community-based organization with a strong focus on poverty reduction through resident engagement, capacity building and anti-oppression. We have a long history of innovation and response to community needs and priorities. For over 40 years, the organization has been strategically building the health and well-being of Jane and Finch in collaboration with residents, community leaders, community groups, organizations and partners from within the local community and beyond. With a resident-led Board of Directors, the Centre has always been a passionate and strategic organization which has won numerous best practice awards.
RISE Edutainment – Toronto
Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a flourishing community led by youth, composed of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they create safe and welcoming platforms for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE reaches and draws youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond. RISE believes in the power of youth voice to advocate, express and build community.
For more charities supporting Black Canadians see our June 2020 Blog