The objective of the workshops and conference is to create and preserve a safe and inclusive space where black youth can share their experiences and learn from others about mental health. The educational content and materials used will be culturally responsive and trauma-informed. The workshops aim to promote dialogue and action on mental health advocacy and de-stigmatization in the black community, recognizing the importance of addressing stereotypes underlying mental health.
Parents and guardians are invited to participate in a discussion at the conference to express their concerns, learn about materials and abilities they can use to support their youth, and be included in the journey of their youth's mental health to foster success. The workshops and conference specifically target black youth in the demographic of York Region, acknowledging the unique challenges they may face in accessing mental health resources and support.
Overall, the workshops and conference organized by BYR Youth aim to raise awareness, promote education, and provide support for black youth in York Region, while fostering a safe and inclusive space for dialogue and action on mental health advocacy and de-stigmatization within the black community.
The Black York Region Youth (BYR Youth) with the help of a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation put on a Black Youth pop-up market on March 5th. This market allowed Black Youth Entrepreneurs ages 15-30 to sell and promote their products and services. As well as Black Youth artists to sell and showcase their bodies of work. The pop-up also feature a Black Youth Dj, a panel of 5 experienced Black Youth entrepreneurs, catered food and more. In this marketplace, we launched booths to showcase Black youth work and talents, including artwork, clothing, food, and drinks in the GTA community. This marketplace aims to promote belonging and inclusion, while also providing a safer space for Black youth. In addition to showcasing their skills, the youth will gain valuable skills such as public speaking, presentation, networking, and community-building, empowering them in their abilities and future endeavours. The event aims to amplify Black excellence and talent while teaching the importance of networking, enabling youth entrepreneurs to create connections with their community and like-minded individuals, and opening up opportunities for the future. Through this event, Black youth entrepreneurs will be reassured of the support they have from their community when it comes to taking leadership roles and showcasing their talents.