Here’s What’s Happening In September

 

In This Month's Issue:

Sector News: United Way of Greater Toronto introduces the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity Initiative, CEE Toronto Seeks Employers Hiring Skilled Youth 
Events:  4th Wall: Making the Invisible Visible Mural Unveiling, ACBN: A Canadian Black Empowerment Think Tank (CBETT) Conversation, Rise Edutainment, CEE School Supply Giveaway
Feature Article: Fall is Fast Approaching – Get involved and access community ahead of the colder months 
Employment Opportunities:  Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Ontario Tech University, HueMax Recruitment
Funding Opportunities: GoodSpark Fund, Community Crisis System Grant, PopUp Grants
And More!

SECTOR NEWS 

United Way Greater Toronto and BMO Financial Group present Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) 

A call for private, public, and community sectors and industries to drive economic opportunities at the neighbourhood level. They aim to continue creating opportunities for local job seekers and offer programs supporting new and aspiring entrepreneurs through building connections between businesses of different sizes in Toronto. 

Applications are open 

Find out more here 

 

CEE’s Seeking Employer Partners 

You’re in luck, because CEE is looking for partners interested in hiring Young Black Professionals this Fall! If you have been thinking about adding skilled talent to your team, there are countless individuals from 5 top industries ready to go. You provide the opportunity, CEE will foot the bill!

 

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EVENTS

A Canadian Black Empowerment Think Tank (CBETT) Conversation 

The presentation is by ACBN/GIBBS and collaborating organizations. They will speak to the genesis behind the writing of the Canadian Black Empowerment Manifesto (CBEM) and why it is an essential “blueprint” for implementing A Canadian Black Empowerment Think Tank (CBETT). It will present the foundational basis for a CBETT as a “force multiplier” to empower Blacks in Canada. The presenter(s) will respond to inquiries about the practicality of the Think Tank vision, mission, and purpose. It is happening on September 15th at 6:30pm at 75 Thermos Road, Scarborough, home of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. 

See event details: African Carribean Business Network  

 

4th Wall: Making the Invisible Visible Mural Unveiling  

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation invites you to the unveiling celebration of a mural on September 18th at 6:00pm at 75 Thermos Road, Scarborough, home of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. This exceptional and inspiring unveiling event will feature the legacy mural which represents the themes of belonging and displacement that were explored during the Michaëlle Jean Foundation’s 4th Wall: Making the Invisible Visible in collaboration with R.I.S.E. Edutainment, and the Luminato following the festival’s presentation of Walk with Amal.  

See details and register here: Eventbrite 

 

4th Annual Onyx Initiative Career Fair 

In just one week, on September 19th and 20th, 2023, via Airmeet, we'll be hosting the 4th Annual Onyx Initiative Black Professionals Career Fair, and we're excited to provide you with this quick update. 

This year's theme, “The Future of Work,” is timely, exploring digitization, hybrid work models, AI, and sustainability in various sectors. Join Onyx scholars, Black post-secondary students, and recent graduates (within one year) to gain insights from top employers and align your skills with evolving professional demands. With the impressive lineup of companies like OMERS, Scotiabank, Lululemon, Hyundai, PwC, BMO, Cadillac Fairview, National Bank, Sobeys, Telus, PCL, Activision Blizzard, and many more whose teams can’t wait to meet you, you can’t get any better! 

See details and register here: Onyx Career Fair 

 
 

Black Youth Can Campaign 

Recently, we proudly unveiled the #BlackYouthCan initiative, a dynamic platform born out of collaboration with Publicis Groupe Groupe Canada. This innovative venture was designed to propel young Black talent toward the realization of their career aspirations. By transforming the prevailing narrative that unjustly categorizes Black youth based on appearances and attire, we are illuminating their exceptional talents, one hoodie at a time. Introducing our inaugural major brand campaign, entitled “WHO I REALLY AM.” The clothing acts as a canvas to showcase their individual stories, passions and successes – The pieces produced by Grandslammer$, an apparel brand founded by Jason Blackwood, one of the CEE alumni featured in the campaign. Visit our website and socials to learn more. 

 

Community Support Needed!

As we may know, in the last couple of months there have been a number of community organizations working on the frontlines with African refugees and asylum seekers across Peel Region, Toronto and York Region who are experiencing lack of access to basic needs, financial hardship and barriers to communication to name a few. However, the work is not done. As a community, we must continue our efforts to aid those forced to start over through means of food, grocery cards, unopened personal products and transportation.  

If you are unfamiliar with where you can donate, CEE is open from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday during the week to accept suitable donations to give assistance to this cause. 

 
Open Mic Monday 

  • Monday, September 18, 2023
  • 7:00 p.m.  8:00 p.m.
  • CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals (map)

Whether you're a seasoned performer or just starting, we welcome all artists to take the stage. 

Entry is only $5 or PWYC and performers get in for FREE. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and sign-ups begin at 6:30 pm in person! Space is Limited

 
We encourage you to spread this message and come out to support this good cause. Help prepare our youth to put their best foot forward as they journey through their school year.
 
 

Welcome to the Inaugural Federation of Black Canadians and Skills For Life Impact Gala, an evening dedicated to celebrating Black Excellence in Canada and our joint mission to continue working with, amplifying and supporting black Canadians through our programming. We’re incredibly proud of our joint partnership that has resulted in the Student Support Learning Program which has allowed us to work with black youth all over Canada while providing essential soft skills and scholarships for participants. But this is only the beginning of what we hope to accomplish. 

Join us on Saturday, September 23, 2023, and be a part of the change as we continue to support and amplify black Canadian youth and their accomplishments. Formal attire and online registration is required to attend. 

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Future of Good and the Foundation for Black Communities are hosting a digital-first conference to celebrate Black leadership in social change, and guide senior leaders and teams interested in equity and inclusion to become more impactful in their anti-racism work. 

 
 

FEATURE ARTICLE

Fall is Fast Approaching – Gain Access and Get Involved in Community    Written by: Matius Daniel

The Community is calling for champions! If you follow our bulletins on Instagram, there have been multiple funding opportunities and grants available for creatives, social impact leaders and wellness warriors alike. These opportunities are a call to action that aims to mobilize community conductors to carry out projects that have a local impact, support social causes in the community, help job creation and promote equitable opportunities. Contribute to helping us all stay up to date on what’s happening in the community by sharing information and events you think we should know about by emailing blacktothefuture@ceetoronto.org'; return false;” style=”color: rgb(101,101,101);font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;” target=”_blank”>Blacktothefuture@ceetoronto.org.  As members, we are key for the Community of Practice and partners supporting the advancement of the Black community and how our organizations serve effectively.  

CEE’s Sector Leadership team is here to support Black-led, Black-focused, Black-serving (B3) organizations with essentials to create strong foundations. Through providing access to subject matter experts in the non-profit space with learning labs and offering guidance about strategic partnerships to progress our missions and improve our socioeconomic status. Connect with us to explore how we can mobilize to enhance the experiences of our community through Black to the Future.  

It does us well to note that as a community we continue to promote a society and economy in which Black youth can achieve financial prosperity and a high quality of life for themselves and their families. In our efforts to see out our vision, we must be aware of and understand what can be done to deliver the results we seek. While CEE and many other Black-led organizations exist to empower and educate those finding ways to maneuver through the workforce; there is more news that we must incorporate into our plan of action for success.   

Amongst thirty-seven nations globally, Canada is positioned at 15th in the rankings of Youth Unemployment rate on a global scale with 10.7% of young adults between the ages of 15-24 years old (1). These reports suggest that rates of youth unemployment can be attributed to aspects like mismatched job skills, hinting that the jobs in demand do not reflect what youth are being trained for. Thus, it can be said that mismatched skills in combination with bias and discrimination both pre and post pandemic exacerbate circumstances. These challenges require appropriate strategic responses to propel the Black community to a higher level of wellbeing and prosperity.  

Avenues of business and entrepreneurship remain viable options with resources and supports from organizations such as African Caribbean Business Network, ByBlacks and many more alongside the government grant finder tool. While it is important to note that a call for more skilled workers is still active amidst mass immigration numbers. As per an announcement by the Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, there is now an additional $160 million allocated into the Skills Development Fund which is designed to provide free training to health care, auto manufacturing, IT, hospitality and skilled trades. This current total of $860 million to help grow the economy is a part of the information we need to support directing careers, hiring and staying up to date with trends that allow the community to make informed decisions about what options are available that can enrich the conditions of our environment (2).  

Hopefully, this information can be interpreted regularly as an important factor that helps us identify opportunities for each other to be represented in the workforce or become champions that are able to provide them.  

Employment Opportunities

The East Scarborough Storefront is hiring multiple positions:

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and outline how they meet the above criteria.

Visit their website for details.

Deadline for applications 
Monday, September 18th, 2023

 

The City of Toronto is hiring a Project Coordinator, Technology Services. Join their team to confidently lead, facilitate, and contribute to the design, creation, development and sustainment of corporate standards for Technology Services.  

Application deadline: September 20th, 2023 

Apply here 

 

Ontario Tech University is hiring for Engineering Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator position. They work to advance the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. 

Application deadline: September 25th, 2023 

Apply here 

 

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is hiring for a hiring for a Project Coordinator, Diversity Youth Fellowship. They are a non-profit charitable organization that provides educational programs and research, which are critical in addressing racism in society.  

Application deadline: September 29th, 2023  

Apply here 

 
Head into fall with a fresh start in a new job. Take a look at these open positions:
https://bit.ly/3OxaDdF
 

Funding Opportunities

GoodSpark Fund 

Desjardins is looking to support community projects that contribute to the vitality of our communities by getting our community leaders involved. They are investing $250 million in projects that reflect community priorities. Learn more! 


Collective and Community Support Grant

LaidLaw PopUp Grants is an annual microgrant offered to youth groups and grassroots organizations. Each year, there is a new theme for this grant stream based on important and current issues. Previous themes include: Healing the Land, Racial Justice and Youth Mental Health Awareness, Consent Culture, Disability Justice, Election Mobilization and Civic Engagement. Apply Here!


City of Toronto Youth-Led Community Crisis Response Fund

The Youth-Led Projects stream provides one-time financial assistance to youth-led, youth-driven projects or activities that address a specific violent incident/crisis in a community and contribute to community capacity building and/or community healing and well-being. The primary focus population of the proposed project or activity is MVP (Most Vulnerable People) Youth. Apply Here!

Review of applications will continue on a rolling basis.
Contact cgis@toronto.ca for any questions.
 


Ontario Trillium Foundation  

Youth Opportunities Fund
The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) invests in community-led projects that play an essential role in creating safe spaces, empowering youth and families, supporting career pathways and addressing issues faced by our communities.
 


Post-Secondary Bursary for Black Students 

By investing in the Black leaders of tomorrow, RioCan continues to work towards its commitment to the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge. The bursary, amounting to $21,200, will provide financial support for students entering post-secondary programs within the commercial real estate field at accredited schools. The investment will be key to creating a new generation of Black leaders in the real estate sector. 

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