On December 1, youth from Glendower, Mornelle and Parma Court were part of a Youth Safety Ambassador graduation held at Daniels Spectrum, the cultural hub in Regent Park.
Ambassadors from other parts of the city graduated earlier this year, but this last group completes the Youth Safety Ambassador program, which has successfully trained over 100 youth in safety, justice and equity issues, and given young people the tools to address safety issues in their communities.
The safety ambassador program operated in nine Toronto Community Housing communities this year, but will expand to even more in 2013.
Youth were excited and cheered each other on as they received certificates marking this achievement. They spoke passionately about the importance of safety in their communities, and about the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and travel to other parts of the city.
Some youth also took part in Safety and Justice: Through My Eyes, a Youth Safety Ambassador program that trained youth in media literacy and photography, and loaned out cameras so youth could learn to tell stories about safety and justice in their communities. A photo exhibition and silent auction that featured the works of 22 of the program's participants was held at 931 Yonge on November 27, and has raised over $200 to date. Youth have requested that proceeds go to the Massey Centre for Women and Children.
Watch a video about the Safety and Justice: Through My Eyes program here