Regent Park Youth Ambassadors promote engagement and awareness

Regent Park Youth Ambassadors promote engagement and awareness

June 26, 2013

The Regent Park Revitalization Youth Ambassador Program will host the Revitalization Youth Forum on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at�Daniels Spectrum�(585 Dundas Street East). This exciting youth forum is designed to inform youth of the ongoing changes happening in their community.

�The youth in Regent Park need to know what�s going on and get involved in their community,� said Vivian Nguyen, a 15-year resident of Regent Park. �I wanted to have my input in revitalization and I wanted to be informed�other youth deserve to know what�s going on their community.� �Vivian became a Revitalization Youth Ambassador to help her mother better understand the changes in Regent Park.�

Saturday�s forum starts at 12:00 p.m. It will feature:
  • informative presentations that will take participants on a journey from the old Regent Park to the new
  • discussions about the new buildings�
  • information about what �people can expect to see between now and the time revitalization is complete

The forum promises to be both informative and as entertaining. Participants will be treated to games, prizes and free food, thanks to generosity of local sponsors like Paint Box Bistro, Shoppers Drug Mart and Daniels Corporation. Local artists will also perform throughout the day.

�It will be a useful event to pass on information to more youth that they can then pass on to their parents,� said Mandeq Hassan, who was also encouraged by her family to join the Youth Ambassador program. She decided to get involved to help dispel the bad reputation that Regent Park has had in the past. �I want people to know that this community is now revitalized and reflects the wonderful people in Regent Park,� she said.

According to Julio Rigores, a Community Revitalization Consultant and Manager of Resident Engagement at Toronto Community Housing, the young people who have taken the initiative to become Youth Ambassadors for the Regent Park Revitalization are the true heroes of the forum. �By being the voice of their community, they can help to communicate the positive changes that are coming to Regent Park,� Julio said. �This might help ease some of the anxiety that their parents and other residents are feeling about the relocation and revitalization process.�

Watch the video�here.