Black York Region Youth (BYR Youth) was founded in 2020 by four youth named Sydney Baxter, Cameron Davis, Rachel Cheng, and Hannah Mullings-Tatum, plus adult mentor and leader, District 16-OSSTF teacher Vanessa Stoby. Our organization was founded with the purpose of combatting anti-Black racism, systemic racism, anti-Indigenous hate, and discrimination in all of its forms within York Region and the Greater Toronto Area. Over the years, BYR Youth has continued to grow into a group of almost 30 passionate BIPOC Youth and allies who are driving the change.
Created by youth for youth, this is a group for Black youth and Allies to address anti-Black racism in York Region, a municipality in Ontario, Canada. This is a space for us to learn to dismantle and challenge anti-Black racism and systemic oppression.
We will actively organize and stand in solidarity together. This group was created as a follow-up to the Markham BLM Protest on June 13th, 2020, which was featured on several media outlets, including Global News.