UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY
Community outreach and engagement is an integral part of the PowerFilled Youth Program. It's our belief that once youth realize they have the power to influence decisions about their community, city and society as a whole, they often begin to rise amongst their peers and show improved of leadership skills and better problem-solving and decision-making skills. In addition to building these important skills, engaging youth in the community also creates a sense of belonging and give youth reassurance that their voices and opinions are being considered and heard and that they are truly an important part of their community.
PFYTO's 2020 Kindness Campaign starts March 23rd!!
Kindness is a simple concept, yet so very impactful. It has the power to drastically improve our own well-being as well as that of our families, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. The very act of expressing graciousness to one another can make us more empathetic of other people’s hardships.
On March 23rd, the PowereFIlled Youth tea, will be showig up in random places around the GTA to perform random acts of kindness. Stay tuned for updates coming soon!
Past/Ongoing Community Outreach Initiatives
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For the past 6 years, the PowerfilledYouth TO team rehearsed tirelessly year after year practicing up to 4 times a week for months at a time to bring our community amazing Productions focused on highlighting Black History. PFYTO team members and our audience learn about various aspect of black history, historians, culture, inventions and heritage as they relates to Canadian society and the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and self love. Through visual arts, poetry, dance, song, media and dramatic arts we're able to teach ourselves, peers, community and City about Black History and Culture, diversity, equity and self-love. Our 2020 production entitled "SAY IT LOUD, BLACK & PROUD" hits the stage Friday February 28th 2020 at 7pm! Click the heading about to see pics and learn more about our productions!
Every other month the PFYTO Team has a paintnight-datenight with our friends at the Rouge Valley Extendicare Seniors home. Inter-generational programs for seniors and youth offer an opportunity to bridge the generation gap offering numerous benefits for both generations. The PFYTO team members also get an opportunity to learn the perspectives, history and stories of the elderly residents. Stories of how they came to Canada and what it was like for them and their families in the 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. Truly a mutually beneficial experience for the youth and residents in this program alike.
For the past 4 years, the PFYTO team has hit the streets of Downtown Toronto during the month of December to deliver warm home cooked meals and care packages to homeless people living in the streets of Toronto. December 17th 2019 was our most recent event, and we were able to help more than 50 people that we found sleeping residing outdoors that night. This event proves to be rewarding for the PFYTO team each year, as they experience the joy of giving and learn gratitude, empathy and compassion for others.
Crooked River Jamaica is a small community located in the hills of Clarendon, Jamaica W.I.
This year, we have decided to include Crooked River Primary School in our Holiday give back initiatives for 2018. We were able to use some of the Funds we have raised this year to purchase and fill a Jumbo barrel with School supplies, household items, Non perishable foods and other holiday treats and gifts.
Zion Patrong was an amazing, happy, friendly young man, who died suddenly and tragically at the tender age of 14, May 28th 2013.
On November18th 2018, we honoured Zion's example by not only walking for the things we'd like to see in our community and raise funds for gifts for children and youth suffering from Cancer and Sickle Cell anemia this holiday season and to fill a barrel of school supplies and goodies to send to children at Crooked River Basic and Secondary Schools, which is located in a remote area of Clarendon, Jamaica.
On December 2nd PFYTO team, volunteered as elves and reindeer at the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario's Annual Christmas Party. The team were particularly enthused to participate because in the weeks prior they had worked hard to raised funds to purchase some pretty awesome Christmas gifts for the children and youth that would be attending the party. A great time was had by all and we look forward to future opportunities to work together!
For 3 months straight the PowerfilledYouth TO team rehearsed tirelessly, practicing up to 4 times a week for our 2019 Black History Month Production entitled "Way Back When".
This play took place in a retirement home, where many "elderly people from different walks of life reflected on their life experiences through drama, dance, poetry and song. When it was all said in done the performance turned out really good, with an audience of almost 250 people. While this year proved to be quite challenging due to various issues beyond our control , we still managed to persevere and pull of a pretty great event. Furthermore, we have learned many valuable lessons this year which we will use to produce an event bigger, better show next year!
Monday April 15th 2019, Powerfilledyouth cleaned up garbage, debris, litter and other waste in the East Scarborough area. This is our way of showing that we care about our community and it's appearance. We understand that it's our responsibility to take care of the world we live in and choose to lead by example.
We also made a list of random kind acts that we could do and went out giving strangers flowers, lottery tickets and change at the laundry mat.