LEVEL UP BLACK YOUTH ADVOCACY PROJECT 2.0
The Level Up Project is an advocacy project for Black students aged 11-18 and their families. Through peer-led workshops, students explore student rights, pathways after high school, in-school accommodations, suspensions and expulsions and complaint possibilities. In collaboration with school and community-based staff, this project aims to increase youth and family access to advocacy and efficacy skills to combat anti-Black racism and exclusion in education.
WE'RE HIRING BLACK STUDENT LEADERS!
**** DEADLINE TO APPLY: APRIL 8, 2022****
The Level Up Project is an advocacy project for Black students aged 11-18 and their families. Through peer leadership training and workshops, students will explore pathways after high school, in-school accommodations, suspensions and expulsions and complaint possibilities. In collaboration with school and community-based staff, this project will strengthen relationships, resource and service-support systems in local schools and communities to increase youth and family access to advocacy and efficacy skills to combat anti-Black racism and exclusion.
High school student mentors will lead presentations with middle school students between May - June 2022 and will receive a $1000 honorarium. In addition, youth mentors will receive facilitation training at the end of April.
Thank you for taking this time to fill out the application. We look forward to meeting you.
**To be a youth mentor in this project, you must be of African descent**, i.e. Black, West/East/South African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, etc.
Stolen From Africa and Manifesto present SANKOFA: A Virtual High School Tour! Sankofa, "It is not taboo to go back and collect what we may have forgotten," is a multimedia presentation of interactive videos and live performances to inspire students through a celebration of Black history and identity. This presentation includes an educational interactive of Cape Coast, Ghana, a virtual 3D African mask and storytelling exhibit and features music presentations from Haviah Mighty, Zakisha Brown and Fame Holiday!
COVID-19 has greatly affected extracurricular programming and in-school community programming. This virtual tour is an exciting opportunity to provide cultural programming despite in-person restrictions. Haviah Mighty, a Toronto-based rapper, will share her “Protest” music video invoking Black Canadian history awareness and resilience as a call to action. Toronto based signer and rapper Fame Holiday will share his anti-gun violence music video that delivers a powerful message of hope, healing and unity and Zakisha Brown, a Toronto artist who recently relocated to Ghana, will share her music video video “ Make Africa Home Again.”
On August 11, 2021 from 7 - 8pm, we'll share a report back on how families, schools and community organizations can work together to create powerful systems change in our local school communities and education system.
The first 50 parents/caregivers, educators and org/community reps/leaders to register AND attend this event will receive two Black youth resilience posters for their classrooms or community spaces.
Despite all the policies and action plans, our school boards have a long way to go when it comes to eliminating anti-Black racism and improving educational outcomes for Black students.
Join the Black Youth Collaborative in a special session with Patrick Case, the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Equity Officer in the Education Equity Secretariat of the Ministry of Education. In this session, we'll speak about the new policy/program memorandum 165 on diversity hiring and staff representation and how we can hold our schools accountable to anti-racist policies and mandated action plans.
This virtual session will take place on zoom Friday, May 14, 2021, from 3:30-4:30
Please Join Us! Zoom Info Here
Educational Interactive on the Transatlantic Slave Trade
This FREE educational resource follows the journey of two rappers, Jelly from Toronto and Yoshi from Atlanta, as they retrace actual slave trading routes across Georgia, USA, Ontario, Canada and Gold Coast, Ghana. We made this resource for educators to enhance Black history curricula and to bring more culturally relevant and responsive content into classrooms. We hope this resource inspires, connects and better informs students and educators alike about the transatlantic slave trade and how it's shaped so much of the world we experience today.
Check out all 8 lessons here!
On June 16, the Black Youth Collaborative hosted a Zoom Webinar for 190+ students, parents/caregivers and school-based staff to share questions and concerns with legal and education professionals on Anti-Black Racism in Education. If you missed the conversation you can watch the full session in the video above.
Supported by the Youth Opportunities Fund at Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Black Youth Collaborative is a collective of 20 Black high school students and 43 Black & ally organizations across the Greater Toronto Area working together to strengthen the education system for Black students experiencing racism and discrimination.
Crystals As Crowns is a mixed media storytelling and cultural arts campaign seeking to reduce negative conceptions of self and low self-esteem among black youth and larger society by presenting empowering imagery of youth in control of their futures and rooted in a self-determined imagination, the “Crystal Mind.”