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The CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals is a charity dedicated to addressing economic and social barriers affecting Black youth ages 14 and over. Our work is focused on youth workforce development, education, and advocacy to influence systems and policy. Based in Toronto, CEE was founded in 2012 by Kofi Hope and Shereen Ashman as a direct response to increased gun violence in the Jane and Finch area. As our founders envisioned, CEE is committed to cultivating a talent pool of Young Black Professionals that can benefit the Canadian labour market.

We offer programs to improve their careers, education, and empowerment (CEE) that are holistic, person-centered, and culturally relevant. We run career programs in six labour market gaps: Technology, Entertainment, Social Services, Finance, Trades and Hospitality.

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How we contribute to the development of Canada?

The Work We Do

At the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, we actively contribute to the development of Canada by addressing economic and social barriers faced by Black youth aged 14 and over. Our mission is to create a society and economy where Black youth can achieve financial prosperity and a high quality of life for themselves and their families.

To achieve this, we collaborate with Black youth, employers, and the broader community in various ways:

Career Training:

We offer career training programs in six labor market gaps, namely Technology, Entertainment, Social Services, Finance, Trades, and Hospitality. Our holistic, person-centered, and culturally relevant approaches aim to improve the careers, education, and empowerment of Black youth in Canada.



Sector Leadership

Through our Sector Leadership department, we strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of B3 serving nonprofits in Toronto's social service sector. We provide training programs such as the CEE Essentials Suite and actively participate in civic engagement initiatives like round tables, councils, and community projects. We are also the project lead for the Black To The Future Community of Practice.



Social Enterprise

We are continuously launching initiatives to support Black youth. CEE Talent allows employers to hire CEE alumni for creative projects or work in the labor gaps where we provide programming.

Our mission is to address the economic and social barriers affecting black youths, ages 14 -30

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