OBYAP

November 16, 2017
 by Donovan Hayden YouthREX Summer Intern and BA student, Hobart College        "I'm moving to Canada!" As a Canadian attending college in the United States, this is a phrase I’ve heard many times from Americans. They seem to always threaten to move to Canada when things are not going their way. I had gotten used to telling Americans that I was Canadian and hearing them joke about moving to Canada. I would laugh and follow up by making a comment about free health care. During the election season last year, I began to hear this phrase, “I’m moving to Canada,” more and more as Donald Trump...
July 13, 2017
  by Benjamin Jacobs  Grade 12 Student, Emery Collegiate Institute  YouthREX Youth Research Assistant; and NOISE Youth Fellow (2015 – present)     In February of 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services launched the 47-million-dollar Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (OBYAP) to tackle the barriers that Black youth in Ontario face. NOISE program participant, YouthREX Research Intern, and student at Emery Collegiate Institute, Benjamin attended the OBYAP community launch and a number of the consultation sessions. His experience ended up being focused on advocating for a youth-...
March 21, 2017
  by Uzo Anucha, MSW, PhD Provinical Academic Director, YouthREX  Associate Professor, School of Social Work   York University     “I want black youth in this province to know that their lives matter.” - Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism    Finally!  After decades of persistent and untiring advocacy by community stakeholders, the Ontario Government launched a 3-year Anti-Racism Strategy: A Better Way Forward on March 07, 2017. As part of this strategy, the Ontario Government also announced the launch of the Ontario Black...
July 14, 2016
by Jhanelle PorterYouthREX Digital Content and Communications Intern      "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde The last couple weeks have been difficult to process – for me, individually, for black people, for our communities, and for society at large.  With the blatant anti-black racism that occurred at and in response to the Black Lives Matter protest at Toronto’s Pride parade, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile spread through the media via video, the violent attacks and unnecessary...