The Empowerment Project is funded by The Federal Service Corps, and is geared towards building sustainability and providing support to young people. Our objective is to increase civic engagement and community involvement amongst Black, South Asian and other visible minority youth throughout marginalized communities in the GTA; our aim is to strengthen participants self-confidence, mental health and pride in civic engagement. Through this project our intention is to help our youth develop job and career skills, leadership, and communication skills; the project also includes a component to allow participants to direct some of the learning goals.
Our aim is to find young people between the ages of 16-29 who can commit to either joining a steering committee, plan events or mentor a youth (6-15) by spending 3 hours per week for one full year. Our mentors will gain the skills needed through our two workshops, the first being a mentorship training program followed by a Mental Health Training Program. After getting to know more about each individual, designated caseworkers will work towards pairing a mentor and mentee together.
Not only will this program sharpen our mentors but this will also be transferable to the mentees who will gain new skills in their personal and academic lives.