PowerFilledYouth P.I.L.O.T talks series
Positive black representation an integral step in the struggle against anti-black bias as it relates to the healthy development of children and youth.
Historically black people have been portrayed as athletes, gangsters, entertainers, welfare mothers, servants, drug dealers, scammers, video vixens, divas, deadbeat dads, etc. Based on these stereotypes, our behaviors are portrayed as violent, lazy, animalistic, sexual, opportunistic, and angry which is hugely problematic and disparaging to people of colour.
The acronym P.I.L.O.T stands for Passion Inspires Leaders of Tomorrow.
PowerFIlled Youth PILOT talks mentorship series is intended to allow black children and youth to gain knowledge and inspiration from black leaders and professionals within their communities and society. Impactful mentor-ship is unquestionably valuable and often influences the future choices and way in which our children and youth see their worth and limitless potential.
WHAT IS MONEY? WHAT IS IT WORTH ?
GUEST SPEAKER - SHAWN ALLEN
Shawn Allen is a Mortgage Industry leader and CEO of one of the top 500 fastest growing business worldwide Matrix Mortgages. Shawn was born in raised n the Scarborough area and spoke to the youth about his personal life experiences and road to success. His down to earth, realistic approach resonated well with the team. He also led an in-depth discussion with the team about Money, what it is, what it's worth and why it's important. Thanks Shawn :) We appreciate you!
NEGATIVE NAMES DON'T DEFINE ME?
GUEST SPEAKER - NATALIE COMRIE
Natalie Comrie, CEO and founder of Ask Donna Marie came in to speak to the team about not holding on to negative names and things people say to you and rather focusing on reaffirm positive I am statements. Natalie has been providing therapeutic counseling services to children, teens, adults and families with an emphasis on self-esteem and self-care for over 15 years. Thanks Natalie :) We appreciate you!
PREMISED ON EXCELLENCE
GUEST SPEAKER - ANDREE NICOLE
Andree is a passionate educator, certified motivational speaker and author 4 Inspirational books. She holds honours Bachelors Degrees in Arts and Education, as well as a Masters in Education specializing in the area of curriculum social justice and cultural studies. She's currently running for School Board Trustee in Ward 19 in the upcoming elections and is committed to educating, elevating and empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders of excellence. Thanks Andree :) We appreciate you.
PURPOSE AND POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
GUEST SPEAKER - DR. KISHA MCPHERSON
Dr. Kisha McPherson works full-time as a college professor with an academic concentration on media, equity and social justice education and is a director and Co-Founder of The Power to Be International. She has a passion for working towards the development of youth through non-traditional civic engagement as well as equity-based education and leadership initiatives. She's an advocate for youth and women's rights and wealth of knowledge of issues around inclusion and diversity. Thanks Kisha :) We appreciate you.
GUEST SPEAKER - TASHA ROZEZ
In addition to bragging rights to go with the first ever Female Sound Clash Champion trophy (2002), She is WUN Magazine 2010 Selector of the Year and three-time Toronto Marc Ecko Female DJ of The Year Stylus award nominee and also one of the most travelled and sought after DJs out of Canada. She spoke to the youth about breaking barriers and her experiences of overcoming challenges that come with succeeded in a male-dominated industry. Thanks Tasha :) We appreciate you