|Organization Name:||UrbanPromise Toronto|
|Project Title:||Restoring the Glamorgan Community Project|
|Purpose of Investment:||To hire, train, and mentor four high school interns for new youth programming in the Glamorgan community in Scarborough.|
Over the past two years, we have been conducting community assessments to identify marginalized communities in need. Through evidence collected by the United Way of Greater Toronto and our assessments, we have identified the Glamorgan community as an underserved area in need of the unique services we can provide. The Glamorgan community has been identified as a priority neighbourhood with a diverse population of new immigrants, including South Asian, African and Caribbean populations. Residents have identified problems of gangs and guns, safety for children, lack of youth employment and programs for children and feelings of isolation due to violence.
To meet community needs, UPT will launch 3 programs for 20 children ages 5-10: an After-School Program 32 weeks, 1 week March Break Camp, and 6 weeks Summer Camp. Programs will provide participants with opportunities for recreation, spiritual growth, social skills development, and academic support, specifically reading comprehension and homework completion. We will hire, mentor and train 4 high school students aged 15-19 from the Glamorgan community. We will support students to develop their leadership skills, spiritual growth, academic achievement, community service and future employment opportunities.
In addition, we will collaborate with residents, agencies and a local church, to access in-kind program space and program volunteers. Through these partnerships, residents will have more opportunities to get involved in community building initiatives and provide input and support for our programs. Funds will go towards hiring 4 high school students from the community who will help with the planning, leading and implementation of the programs. In addition, funds will go towards program costs such as trips, buses, admissions, healthy food, program supplies and equipment.
Securing funds for this new initiative will impact the community by providing safe space for children to develop socially, educationally and spiritually. The second impact for this community will be employment and leadership development for high school students increasing their future employment and academic opportunities. Lastly, collaborating with the local church, agencies and residents will help to build cohesiveness and innovative solutions to our programs and community needs.
- Hire, train, mentor, and manage 4 high school students from the Glamorgan community to lead new programs for children, building their leadership skills and opportunities for employment, spiritual growth, academic achievement, and community service (January 2020 – May 2021).
- In partnership with youth leaders, co-develop and launch After-School, March Break Camp, and Summer Day Camp programming for 20 children ages 5-10 years old in the Glamorgan community to create opportunities for: recreation, spiritual growth, social skills development, and academic support, specifically reading comprehension and homework completion (January 2020 – May 2021).
- Establish partnerships with 3 community partners to launch 3 community building initiatives to increase community member involvement in programs and events impacting 50-100 members. (January 2020 – May 2021).
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