Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada remains commited to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We stand against racism and discrimination of any kind.
As part of our commitment, our national youth council recently awared10 Anti Racism Initiative Micorgrants (AIM) to 38 youth between 13-24 years old who are passionate about anti-racism within their communities.
Anti-Racism Initiative Microgrants (AIM), aims to support youth-led initiatives from Club members across Canada. It elevates youth voices around anti-racism, especially within BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous or People of Colour).
Youth applied from various Clubs across Canada and grant recipients were from: Alberta British Columbia Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Manitoba
Various initiatives will be one-day workshops, weekly programming as well as educational videos. Here are some of the amazing initiatives being run:
"Arts and Activism": An art show made by the arts and activism participants to create awareness and encourage dialogue around diversity and expression.
"Let the Silence be Heard": 10-week workshops surrounding racism with Ryerson University Social Work Department
Educational video about anti-racism: Create an educational video about the community and why anti-racism is so important to this group of youth. It will include education about immigrants and people of colour.
"I Stand Against… ": A one-time workshop hosting BIPOC speakers aiming to combat Anti-Indigenous sentiments from the community and education around allyship and provide actionable steps.
"No Room for Racism Day": An anti-racism day at the Club including conversations about anti-racism, food from various cultures, poster contests, and much more. 30 youth and 4 staff to help instill the importance of fighting against racism through education on matters.
Black History Month Video Project: Interviews will be held asking about different generations about their past, and present experiences and hope for the future for an equitable and inclusive society.
"Not All Brown People Are the Same": Virtual event to appreciate brown people and explore stereotypes.
"MGTI Anti-Racism Group": This group will talk about racism such as those against Asians during the start of COVID-19 and within various marginalized groups.
"Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.)": The Lead Up Youth purchase materials written by BIPOC authors and artists for 5 BGC school aged after-school programs to benefit 100 children which have youth from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds that would benefit from the literature.
"How to Talk About Racism": This webinar will speak on anti-racism efforts in the community.
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