Participants at the Youth Summit took part in a number of seminars, heard from leaders at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government and had the chance to engage with one another to talk about the things they would do to improve life in Toronto.
"It was inspiring to hear from so many young people about the changes they want to see in their communities and in their city," said Gene Jones, President and CEO of Toronto Community Housing. "I am proud of the youth who stepped up to share their ideas and made our first youth summit a success."
As part of the Year of the Youth, Toronto Community Housing created the Youth Action Grant, which recognizes the ideas youth have to improve their communities. These grants were given over the summer, and a review panel selected three projects for an additional $10,000 which was announced at the Youth Summit. The winners are:
- Samuel Abebe (Lawrence Heights) - My Path
- Ohemaa Boateng (Lawrence Heights) - Baby Steps Parenting
- Monica Samuel (Northcliffe) - Black Women in Motion: Youth 4 Change
An additional four projects were chosen by attendees at the Youth Summit for an additional $2,500 for their projects. The winners are:
- Dini Farah - Made in Toronto and Albion/Shendale Youth 2nd Annual Back-to-School Event
- Laura Hammond - Community Beautification Project
- Janieve McIntosh - Young Artists Hub
- Domonique Morris - Perfect Keys Piano School
In the evening, attendees were enjoyed a dinner and concert performance hosted by Bow Wow and featuring Glenn Lews, Karl Wolf, Jully Black, Stacey McKenzie, Dwayne Morgan, Michel Chikwanine, Akil Augustine, Cabbie Richards, Frank Anthony, Brian Melo, Latoya Rodney, Jaydahman and Samuel Eugone.
If I Ruled T.O. was sponsored by Daniels, PSAV, the Sheraton Centre Hotel and G98.7 FM.
For more information on the youth summit, visit www.ifiruledto.ca