Toronto Community Housing opening doors to employment for Black and Racialized Youth

A group of people display a large check from Dejardin to the City of Toronto

Desjardin's Youth To Employment cheque to the City of Toronto for $300,000

​On May 10, right on the heels of Toronto Youth Week, members of Toronto Community Housing (TCHC), the City of Toronto and Desjardins joined residents on a sunny morning in TCHC's Lawrence Heights community for an exciting announcement: a $300,000 funding partnership in support of Toronto youth, particularly Black, Indigenous and Racialized youth, through employment, workforce development pathways, training and a financial literacy initiative.

This is good news for youth across TCHC communities, who will soon see TCHC launch a pilot for a new youth training initiative. Designed to explore the process of management consulting, TCHC's "Neighbourhood Experts on Community Consulting" program is scheduled to launch in late summer and will help youth develop applied and marketable skills in the practice of professional consulting.

Joining Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, Ward 8 Councillor Mike Colle, and Desjardins Senior Vice President for Ontario Market Growth, Marilyn Horrick, TCHC's Likwa Nkala, Acting Director of Programs and Partnerships, spoke to the power of partnership and thanked the City of Toronto and Desjardins for their support in making this program possible for the benefit of Black and Racialized youth in our TCHC communities.

"Partnerships are key to delivering quality programs that can make a real difference in people's lives," said Nkala. "They help TCHC create vibrant communities by providing engagement opportunities and free or affordable programs to our tenants — from physical literacy, sports, arts, employment, education and scholarship opportunities, leadership skills and more. Today's announcement is a win for our youth and we are grateful to our funding partners, City of Toronto and Desjardins, for investing in our youth programming."

Read more about the event that took place in our Lawrence Heights community: City of Toronto announces youth employment partnership with Desjardins

On May 10, the TCHC community – employees and tenants including youth ambassadors in Lawrence Heights, welcomed the announcement of a funding partnership between the City of Toronto and Desjardins that would open more opportunities to training, employment and workforce development pathways for Black and racialized youth in Toronto, including a new program for youth in TCHC communities, "Neighbourhood Experts on Community Consulting" set to launch later this year.