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Ontario Investing Additional $16.5 Million In Black Youth Action Plan

ONTARIO-The Ontario government says it is investing an additional $16.5 million in the Black Youth Action Plan (BYAP) to continue supporting more than 20 community-based and culturally focused organizations with a proven track record of empowering Black children and families.

Officials say the funding, through the BYAP’s Economic Empowerment stream, will help Black youth and young professionals develop skills to help launch their careers in high-demand sectors such as the skilled trades, information technology, automotive, health, film and the arts.

“We have seen the difference community organizations make in helping Black youth and young professionals find meaningful employment, develop critical skills and unlock a brighter future for themselves and their communities,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “Today’s investment is part of our government’s ongoing work to empower communities, and build a stronger, more inclusive workforce where everyone can succeed.”

Ontario says this investment will enhance support for community and black-led organizations across Ontario that are delivering impactful programs empowering the next generation of Black leaders.

“The mission of Accelerate Auto is to drive change and eliminate barriers so the next generations of Black talent in Ontario are better positioned to pursue successful careers in Canada’s auto industry. The support from Ontario’s Black Youth Action Plan’s Economic Empowerment Stream helped us do just that. We were able to launch sustainable and scalable programming such as a Mentorship Program with industry leaders, forge connections with industry allies and educators, as well as develop online platforms and programs that connect employers and job seekers from underserved communities. We are grateful for this funding that will help drive the social change and economic impact it was designed to do for a vital industry in Ontario’s economy.” said Christopher Nabeta
Executive Chair, Founding Member, Accelerate Auto

The BYAP also supports culturally focused parenting and mentorship programs, wellness with preventative measures, community outreach and collaboration and more. Since 2018, over 70 community-based and culturally-focused BYAP partners have supported better outcomes for over 60,000 Black children, youth and families in Ontario.

 

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