Forty-six youth from low-income communities across Toronto have been awarded the annual Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship to pursue post-secondary education or training.
Now in its 14th year, the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding academic achievement and the commitment of young people involved in anti-racism, diversity initiatives, and building safe and healthy communities by offering up to $4,000 to deserving young leaders entering their first year of post-secondary or trade school. This program is funded by the generous support of private donors and sponsors, and academic partners. It provides valuable employment support and professional networks that pave the way for academic and career development.
Since 2002, this program has raised more than $800,000 to help close to 300 youth in low-income communities across Toronto. Recipients are chosen by impartial adjudication committees from Scadding Court Community Centre, Toronto Community Housing, and Community Police Liaison Committees (14 Division and 11 Division). The selection committees view success holistically and place a high value on community involvement, academic achievement, volunteer work and work experience or efforts to secure summer employment.
The awards ceremony was attended by Toronto Community Housing and Scadding Court Community Centre, 14 Division CPLC and 11 Division CPLC officials, families of the scholarship recipients, elected public officials, representatives of corporate partners and sponsors and community partners.
"Our communities are home to some of the most brilliant young minds in this country, for whom our housing is a platform to improve their lives and contribute to our country's economic success. Thanks to the generous support of our partners, we are proud to continue the annual Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Program to recognize the achievement of young people who are building safe and healthy communities for all."
- Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim) / Chief Development Officer, Toronto Community Housing
"After 14 years, the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program has made it possible for hundreds of youth to pursue their education and their dreams. We are delighted that Toronto Community Housing has taken the leadership necessary to grow the program this year by helping raise the largest amount of scholarships issued to date. We are confident that through their leadership and in partnership with Scadding Court Community Centre, the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program will be able to provide the tools necessary for young leaders who are marginalized to have an equal chance to achieve their full potential and continue to build stronger communities."
- Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre
Scholarship recipient Monica Samuel (R) posed for a photograph with Lenna Bradburn, Vice President, Resident and Community Services, Toronto Community Housing. Photo Credit: Taejon Cupid
Scholarship recipient Zakaria Hassen (C) posed for a photograph with Lenna Bradburn (L), Vice President, Resident and Community Services, Toronto Community Housing and Kevin Lee (R), Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre. Photo Credit: Taejon Cupid
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest provider of social housing, delivering homes for close to 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. By providing clean, safe, well-maintained and affordable housing, Toronto Community Housing builds better homes, better neighbourhoods and a better Toronto for all.
About Scadding Court Community Centre
Scadding Court Community Centre is a multi-service organization serving a high-density neighbourhood in downtown west Toronto. Our mandate is to support and foster the well-being of individuals, families, and community groups by providing and encouraging both local and international opportunities for recreation, education, athletics, community participation and social interaction. Our programs welcome under-serviced, culturally diverse groups such as low-income families; children and youth; newcomers; people living with disabilities; seniors and the un/underemployed and benefit from partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses and institutions.Media Contact:
Lisa Murray, 416-981-4252 or firstname.lastname@example.org