ASSET MAPPING FOR BLACK[1] CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

for Durham Region And Scarborough

Prepared by: Snezana Avramov-Atanasovska, MSW graduate (2018) of the University of Windsor


Introduction

Durham Region covers a large geographical area that spreads over 2,523 kmand covers the area between two lakes: Ontario and Simcoe Lake. Durham Region is also knows as “an east end of Grater Toronto Area” and consists of 8 municipalities: Town of Ajax, Township of Brock, Municipality of Clarington, City of Oshawa, City of Pickering, Township of Scugog, Township of Uxbridge, and Town of Whitby. It also contains one First Nations reserve: Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (“Regional Municipality of Durham”, n.d.). The 2016 Census data indicates that the population is Durham Region is 645,862, and that the region has seen an increase of 6,2% from the Census data from 2011 (Statistics Canada, 2017).

According to the Census data from 2016, there are 627,715 Black peoples living in Ontario and 51,380 of those live in Durham Region. The Black population in Durham region represents 8% of the total population, or 30% of total visible majority population, while that percentage for the Province of Ontario is 4.7%, or 16% of the total visible majority population. In the past couple of years, The Province of Ontario recognized the alarming trends of racism, overrepresentation of Black children and youth in child welfare and criminal justice system, and poor health outcomes that Black population endures. All of those issues are indicators of systemic racism and poverty. In attempt to address the systemic racism, Ontario Government released their 3-year Anti-racism strategic plan called “A Better Way Forward” which goal is to “target systemic racism by building an anti-racism approach into the way government develops policies, makes decisions, evaluates programs, and monitors outcomes. It calls for a proactive, collaborative effort from all government ministries and community partners to work toward racial equity” (Government of Ontario, 2017, pg. 12). The Government has dedicated 47 million dollars to Ontario Black Youth Action Plan alone, to reduce disparities for Black children, youth and families. This will hopefully increase the number of agencies and organizations that could provide meaningful and relevant services for Black children, youth and families.

The initial scan of specific services available to Black children, youth and families in Durham region was performed through Information Durham web site, which is a directory of all services available in Durham Region maintained by United Way, Durham region. The knowledge was also expanded in consultation with Nicole Perryman, Clinical Director at Aset Group Consulting and Counselling Services, and with other community partners. This report is focused on identifying agencies and organizations that have Black focused services in Durham Region, and mainstream agencies and organizations that have specific programs and services for Black children, youth and families. The report will also identify agencies with focused services and specific services that are located in east end of Scarborough, the area that individuals and families from Durham region could potentially access. The report will have a list of counsellors and consultants who are part of the Black community in Durham region.

The purpose of this report is to provide professionals in human services area with availability of services for Black children, youth and families that could be used for referral purposes, and to raise awareness of the lack of Black specific services in Durham region, so that the professionals, counsellors and consultants can identify gaps and collaborate together in developing programs that would better serve the members of the Black population.


Human Services Agencies and Organizations in Durham Region

The following are Black focused agencies and organizations (n=5) :

  • Congress of Black Women in Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter
  • Congress of Black Women in Canada, Oshawa/Whitby Chapter
  • Durham Black Educator’s Network
  • Canadian Jamaican Club of Oshawa
  • Club Carib Oshawa Inc. (Appendix A)

Agency

Telephone

Email

Services Provided

Location/Website

Congress of Black Women of Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter

1-866-986-CBWC (2292) ext. 200

cbwc-pickering@gmail.com

The Congress of Black Women of Canada is a non-profit national organization. The Ajax/Pickering Chapter is involved in developing activities that will promote the well-being, health and educational opportunities for black women and their families.

Youth Scholarships

Adult Scholarships

See website for more information.

P.O. Box 31034, Westney Heights RPO,  

15 Westney Rd. North, Ajax, ON  L1T 3V2

http://www.cbwc-ajaxpickering.org

Congress of Black Women of Canada, Oshawa/Whitby Chapter

N/A

cordeliab@rogers.com

Same as above

http://www.cbwoshawawhitby.org/

(not able to locate the website as it is inactive)

Durham Black Educator’s Network

N/A

https://dben.org/contact-us/

Student Leadership opportunities

Awards and scholarships

Summer Camps

See website for more information.

https://dben.org

Canadian Jamaican Club of Oshawa

N/A

http://www.canadianjamaicanclubofoshawa.org/contact.html

Informal education activities

Conferences, seminars and workshops reflecting educational, cultural, and social needs of the community

Information, counselling and referral services on request

Reach and Teach program to improve children’s writing, reading and math skills

Plan Ahead Get Ahead

Cut the Talk

Precise AV Solutions

See website for more information.

Thorton Dundee Park-Hall

210 Thorton Rd N

Oshawa ON 

http://www.canadianjamaicanclubofoshawa.org/index.html

Club Carib Oshawa Inc.

905-721-1672 

clubcariboshawainc@gmail.com

Cultural programs:

Hummingbird Dancers

Oshawa Sounds of Steel

Cooking Classes

Weekly senior card games

See website for more information.

Caribbean Cultural Centre
600 Wentworth St. E Oshawa, ON
L1H 3V9

https://clubcaribofoshawainc.weebly.com

The following are mainstream agencies that offer specific programs for Black children, youth and families (n=3):

  • AIDS committee of Durham
  • Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)
  • John Howard Society of Durham Region

Agency

Telephone

Email

Services Provided

Location/Website

AIDS committee of Durham

Tel: 905-576-1445
Toll free: 1-877-361-8750

N/A

Black African and Caribbean Community Outreach:

See website for more information. (Website under construction at the time of this report)

https://www.aidsdurham.com

Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)

Tel: 905-427-7849 / Toll Free: 1-877- 454-4035

info@wmrccdurham.org

Black Youth Empowering Project and Mentorship Program:

Supporting Black youth ages 12-25 and their families that focuses on two outcome streams: civic engagement and building a strong cultural identity.

See website for more information.

http://www.wmrccdurham.org

John Howard Society of Durham Region

905-579-8482

jhsd@jhsd.ca

Together We Are:

A 6-week parenting program for parents with Black children 6-11 years old.

Children will be able to attend with their parents or caregivers for supervised programming and will have fun participating in culturally based activities.

For information or to register call 343-997-6826.

See website for more information.

jhsd@jhsd.ca

Human Services Agencies and Organizations in Scarborough

These are the human services agencies and organizations that provide Black communities’ focused and specific services in Scarborough. The locations of the agencies and organizations can be in other parts of Toronto, but they were taken into consideration because they are serving the Black children, youth and families that live in the Toronto and/or GTA.

(n = 18)

Agency

Telephone

Email

Services Provided

Location/Website

African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA)

N/A

achaonline@gmail.com

Saturday program:  September to June, for children and youth ages 5-16 years of age, African and Caribbean history lessons, arts and crafts, special events.

Parent workshops.

Serves Children and Youth aged 5-16 years and their parents.

See website for more information.

EAST-SCARBOROUGH

Classes take place at Centennial College, Progress Campus

941 Progress Ave.

(Hwy. 401 & Markham Rd.)

http://www.achaonline.org

African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC)

416-214-4747

Email through the website

The Youth-In-Transition Worker Program:  Support to youth in their successful transition out of the Child Welfare system into adulthood.

Youth Justice Programs:  Community Justice Workers, Group Programming, Parent Support Program, Re-integration Social Workers.

Legal Services

Publications Online: Including the ACLC African Canadian Parenting Tool Kit

Adult Justice Program: African-centered, cognitive-behavioural programming options designed to meet the needs of African Canadian adults in conflict with the law.  Programs:  Shoplifting Prevention, Criminal Justice/Victim Impact Education Program, Managing Your Emotions.

Employment Skills Job Readiness Program: Reintegration, training, apprenticeship, building links and supports.

Serves African Canadians in Toronto and the GTA.

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

250 Dundas Street West

(Dundas St. & University Ave.)

ACLC staff will travel to provide some services.

Some programs and services located at court, community centres, etc.

http://www.aclc.net

Africans in Partnership Against AIDS

416-924-5256 416-644-1650

info@apaa.ca

APAA provides unique HIV/AIDS education and support in linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to African peoples.

Support Services:

Confidential services for people living with or affected by AIDS/HIV to assist clients in staying up to date with information about living with AIDS/HIV, treatment and self-care.

Heterosexual Men’s Group:

A peer driven support group that aims to bring heterosexual men together to a safe space to freely talk about issues, build networks and have fun.

Positive Youth Support:

Provides support for youth empowering them to thrive using expressive art therapy.

Education

Community Outreach

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

526 Richmond St. East.
2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 1R3

http://www.apaa.ca

Black Coalition for Aids Prevention (Black CAP)

416-977-9955

info@black-cap.com

The Youth-In-Transition Worker Program:  Support to youth in their successful transition out of the Child Welfare system into adulthood.

Youth Justice Programs:  Community Justice Workers, Group Programming, Parent Support Program, Re-integration Social Workers.

Legal Services

Publications Online: Including the ACLC African Canadian Parenting Tool Kit

Adult Justice Program: African-centered, cognitive-behavioural programming options designed to meet the needs of African Canadian adults in conflict with the law.  

Programs:  Shoplifting Prevention, Criminal Justice/Victim Impact Education Program, Managing Your Emotions.

Employment Skills Job Readiness Program: Reintegration, training, apprenticeship, building links and supports.

Serves the Black, African and Caribbean communities in the GTA living with or affected by HIV/Aids.

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

20 Victoria St.

(Yonge St. & King St. E.)

http://www.black-cap.com

Black Queer Youth Initiative

(Through Sherbourne Health Centre – Supporting Our Youth Program)

416-324-5077

soy@sherbourne.on.ca

Black Queer Youth: A safe and social space to chill, learn, watch movies, learn about community resources, create zines, socialize and have a home cooked meal.  Connected to other youth programs including housing and employment programs.

Serves Black, Multiracial, African/Caribbean youth 29 and under who identify across the queer and trans spectrum or who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality. 

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

333 Sherbourne St.

(Sherbourne St. & Gerrard St.)

Also provides telephone support.

http://soytoronto.org/programs/black-queer-youth

Black Youth Helpline

416-285-9944

blackyouth@bellnet.ca

24 hour Helpline: For children, youth and parents 

Parental Support Programs

Stay-in-School Programs

Serves any child, youth or parent who chooses to call the Helpline. 

See website for more information.

NO PHYSICAL LOCATION

http://www.blackyouth.ca/

Black Lives Matter – Freedom School

(A platform under the Children’s Peace Theatre)

N/A

info@blacklivesmatter.ca

and through the Freedom School website

Freedom School:  A three week summer program, for children aged 4-10 years in the GTA.   The program is designed to teach children about Black Canadian and diasporic history, to engage children in political resistance to anti-Black racism and state violence through a trans-feminist lens, and to offer children an entry point into the BlackLivesMatter movement.

See website for more information.

EAST YORK

305 Dawes Rd.

(Victoria Park Ave. & Danforth Ave.)

http://freedomschool.ca

CAfCan

(Caribbean African Canadian Social Services)

(formerly JCA Social Services)

416 740 1056

info@cafcan.org

Employment Services

Leaders in Partnership:  Social activity program for children in collaboration with schools and Police.

Newcomer Settlement

Youth OutreachEngaging and connecting youth between the ages of 12-21 with needed services.

Violence Against Women:  Provides support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Parenting Program: Provides individual support, family mediation, mobile crisis counseling and crisis intervention to individuals and families

K-Club:  Self-determination club for young men and women ages 16-26)

Serves anyone in the GTA who chooses to access their services. 

See website for more information.

NORTH YORK

995 Arrow Road

(Finch Ave. W. & Weston Road)

Staff travel to provide some services.

http://cafcan.org/

CAMH – Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

416-535-8501, press 2

N/A

Support and Counselling:  For black youth and families dealing with substance abuse.

Programs: Individual or group therapy, Early intervention and Prevention

Serves Black youth, aged 13-24, and their families. See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

80 Workman Way

(Queen St. W. & Ossington Ave.)

Also provides outreach work in the community.

http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/care_program_and_services/child_youth_and_family_program/Pages/guide_sapaccy.aspx

ENGage – UofT

416-946-0816

outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

ENGage:  A one week summer program designed for black students in grades 3 to 8.  ENGage highlights black role models, encourages STEM literacy and promotes academic and social growth.

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

35 St. George Street

(University of Toronto)

http://outreach.engineering.utoronto.ca/pre-university-programs/engage/

Harriet Tubman Community Organization (HTCO)

416-496-2042

info@tubmancommunity.org

Summer camp for children 5-16 yrs

Leadership camps for youth 14-16 yrs

Young women’s program for ages 13-19

Reintegration Heritage Counselling Program for 14-18 years old

HTCO Newcomers Program for all ages

Youth Honoring Community Achievements for 15-29 years old

Women Healing Women Program for 20+ years old

See website for more information.

NORTH YORK

1761 Sheppard Ave E.

(Sheppard Ave. E. & Don Mills Rd.)

http://www.tubmancommunity.org/

Lifelong Leadership Institute

416-222-2222

lead@llileaders.com

Leadership By Design Program: Education, mentorship and career development.

Available to those who will be Grade 10 in September 2018 and attending school in GTA.

See website for more information.

NORTH YORK

303 Eglinton Ave. E.

(Mt. Pleasant Rd. & Eglinton Ave. E.)

http://llileaders.com

RITES for African-Canadian Youth

(Through Central Toronto Youth Services)

Maxine, 416-924-2100, ext. 246,

Jennifer, 416-924-2100

maxine.brown@ctys.org

jennifer.grant@ctys.org

RITES Program:  A weekly intervention program aiming to promote positive social development, strengthen racial identity and build on existing resiliency factors through weekly group sessions and individual counselling.

For youth of African descent ages 14 – 18

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

65 Wellesley Street E.

(Wellesley & Church Sts.)

http://www.ctys.org/category/groups/#rites

Taibu Community Health Centre

416-644-3536

Through their website

Primary Healthcare

Counselling Services: trauma, depression, mental health, anxiety, etc.

Community Development:  Youth Outreach, Girls Group, Academic Support

Serves any person who identifies as African Descent in Toronto & GTA.

See website for more information.

EAST – SCARBOROUGH

27 Tapscott Rd.

(Neilson Rd. & Sheppard Ave. E.) 

http://www.taibuchc.ca/

Tropicana Community Services

416-439-9009

info@tropicanacommunity.org

Life Skills Development:  ManUp, Sister 2 Sister, START for Life, etc.

Counselling: Individual & Family Counselling, Violence against Women, Support Network

Employment: Pre-apprenticeship Program, Youth Job Connection, Summer Program, etc.

Education: Tutoring, Chess, Steelpan, Digital Media, etc.

Daycare:  Infant/Toddler Centre, Full Day Kindergarten/Pre-School/School-Age Centre

Social/Recreational 

Serves youth and other individuals of Black and Caribbean heritage in Toronto & GTA.

See website for more information.

EAST – SCARBOROUGH

1. Main Office:  Scarborough – 1385 Huntingwood Drive

(McCowan Rd. & Sheppard Ave. E.)

2. Employment Services – 505 Consumers Road

(Victoria Park Ave. &  Sheppard Ave. E.)

3. Daycare Centres – 400 & 431 McCowan Road

(McCowan Rd. & Eglington) 

http://tropicanacommunity.org/

The Power to be International

(647) 317-5860

info@thepowertobe.org

PTBI’s programs are focused on providing innovative ways to engage youth. Using the Theory of Change model and working with the communities we serve, our programs are designed to promote small changes and individual impact. 

 

PTBI provides learning opportunities for local post-secondary students to further develop their skills in an international capacity. International programs are located in the developing Caribbean:

Engaging Girls (EGELDA)

Service Learning

Literacy and Leadership Programs

Infrastructure Development Programs 

See website for more information.

TORONTO

209-55 Broadway Ave 

Toronto, Ontario

M4P 1T8

https://www.thepowertobe.org

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

Community Health Centre

416-593-7655

info@whiwh.com

Primary Health Care

Mental Health Services

Clinical Services

Ongoing Programs for Registered Clients:  Including diabetes education, health education, pre & post natal care, HIV-AIDS education, food access, Summer Sisterhood group.

Serves racialized women aged 16 and up living in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.

See website for more information.

DOWNTOWN TORONTO

2 Carlton Street

(Yonge St. & Carlton/College)

http://whiwh.com

Wood Green Community Services- Rites of Passage Program

Contact Name: Paul Osbourne
Rites of Passage Facilitator

T | (416) 645-6000 x. 2320

posbourne@woodgreen.org

Rites of Passage Program:  A program for young people ages 13-17 of African Descent to prepare for responsible adulthood, developing a sense of purpose, building a community perspective, fostering resiliency, volunteering, leadership, employment.

The Rites of Passage program is designed for youth ages 13-17 of African Descent in Toronto & GTA.

See website for more information.

EAST YORK

1533 Victoria Park Ave.

(Victoria Park Ave. & Eglinton Ave. E.)

http://www.woodgreen.org/Home.aspx


References

Government of Ontario.  (2017).  A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism

Strategic Plan. Ontario, Canada: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

Regional Municipality of Durham. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_Municipality_of_Durham

 Statistics Canada. (2017). Durham, RM [Census division], Ontario and Ontario

[Province] (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017.

March 26, 2018


[1] Black includes African-descent individuals from Canada, America, Caribbean, and from the continent of Africa It also includes and is not limited to immigrants from countries across the globe that identify with African-descent heritage.

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Nicole Perryman

Nicole Perryman, CEO of Perryman Consulting Sevices (PCS). PCS provides equity advocacy, consulting, training and clinical assessments and treatment.

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