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The Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (OBYAP) is a proactive four year, $47,000,000.00 commitment from the  Ministry of Children and Youth Services to support 10,800 Black children, youth and their families annually. There is an urgent need to address violence and victimization affecting Black Ontarians. The OBYAP objective is to reduce instances of violence for Black children, youth and families by addressing the root causes of violence. These causes include a negative concept of self and low self-esteem, a sense of powerlessness and a sense of exclusion from the broader community.

The Just Think 1st violence prevention campaign will include marketing elements, positive imagery, and culturally sensitive messaging as the foundation of the campaign. The objective is to re-establish and inspire positive cultural identity which will lead to empowerment and success within Black communities.

There will be four solutions focused,  interactive, town hall events called “City Pop-Ups ”, in the cities of Windsor, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Toronto. Each region will include local, youth-focused community partners who are active participants in the project.

BLACK YOUTH ACTION PLAN

  • “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

    Langston Hughes Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, Playwright, and Columnist
  • “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”

    Carol Moseley-Braun Politician and Lawyer
  • “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.”

    Susan L. Taylor Journalist
  • “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

    Dr. Mae Jemison First African-American Female Astronaut
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activist

CITY POP-UP TOUR

There will be four community interactive events called “City Pop-Ups ”, in the
following cities : Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, and Ottawa. Each region will include local community partners.

March 31, 2018

WINDSOR
March 31, 2018
Caribbean Centre
2410 Central Ave
OTTAWA
March 3, 2018
RA Centre
2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON
TORONTO
April 7th. 2018
Bram and Blume Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ont M4W 2G8
HAMILTON
March 10, 2018
Lincoln Alexander Centre, The Grand Ballroom
160 King St E,
Hamilton, ON

VIDEO

Toronto Eaton Centre

Just Think 1st

De Grasse Think First

Just Think 1st Anti Gun Violence Campaign

SPORRA

SPORRA is a digital comic book that addresses
the disruption that the trans Atlantic Slave trade has caused,
providing youth with a positi vevision of their Cultural identity
in alignment with their potential.

The characters in SPORRA will focus on strengthening cultural
identity supported by a historical legacy and foundation upon
which possibilities and potential can be realized. Using images
of predominantly African Canadian people, past and present
and the representation for their culture and philosophy . It will
also be intergenerational.

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Collective action refers to action taken together by a group of people whose goal is to enhance and achieve a common objective. It is enacted by representatives of the group. It is a term that has formulations and theories in many areas of the social sciences including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and economics.

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