Peer to Peer
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P2P is a leadership and employment mentorship program developed and implemented by youth of African, Caribbean, and Black decent from Ottawa’s Anglophone and Francophone communities.
P2P Leadership & Mentorship Goals:
- To increase the self-esteem and self-respect of participating youth
- To encourage them to be successful positive role models and proud contributors to the growth of Canada’s cultural mosaic
- To provide a platform for youth to reach out to diverse communities.
- To expose youth to the growing horticulture and green industries
This exciting conference features guest speakers between the ages of 16 and 25. Youth who attend have the opportunity to listen to their stories, ask questions and access useful information that could aid them in achieving their own self employment goals.
Peer to Peer Youth Leadership Project
Peer to Peer Youth Leadership and employment mentoring project is developed and implemented by youth of African, immigrant origin, from Ottawa’s francophone and Anglophone communities. Jaku Konbit’s successful youth programming and their GreenStar Enterprise program will act as a model. Activities will be evenings and weekends and based out of The Bronson Centre, a widely used community space in downtown Ottawa
Racialized differentiation in economic outcomes is well studied, with visible minorities and especially blacks at the lower end of the income spectrum. A summary for Ontario is available in the 2008 “Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change” factsheet, found at www.povertywatchontario.ca. The Social Planning Council of Ottawa has done extensive research on the subject (Social Planning Council. Ottawa. Mixed Blessings and Missed Opportunities: The Intercase Study on Inclusion and Exclusion of Ottawa’s Visible and Ethnic Minority Residents. August 2008).
In April 2008, in partnership with students from Carleton University’s Master of Social Work Program, Jaku Konbit conducted a research study entitled “Uncovering Barriers and Identifying Pathways to Educational Success for African and Caribbean Youth in Ottawa". This report identified the key barriers and challenges facing black students in Ottawa schools, as well as factors that lead to success, particularly in the areas of Math, Science and English, in respect to youth of African and Caribbean descent.
Our own experience, of course, corroborates the research. However, we take a positive, active approach to the research reality. We know that the contributions of working, career oriented black people have contributed to Ottawa’s success over the past 50 years. We know that when we enable black youth to develop self confidence, leadership skills and a strong, independent voice, they are successful in their lives. Our experience is that Jaku Konbit programs help the youth break employment barriers and inequalities that affect them. Our experience is that we do make a difference.
Our target group:
We are directly targeting black youth of Caribbean, Rwandan, and Congolese backgrounds. The target youth will not have jobs or any meaningful employment, nor will they be in high school or in university or college. Our youth mentors will have completed at least high school. We expect a minimum participation of 15 youth from the Congolese, 20 from the Rwandan, and 25 from the Caribbean communities.
Our organization and our partner organizations (Rwandan and Congolese) will benefit from the cooperation planned in this project. This is a first project for all of us to cooperate officially across ethnic boundaries, with a substantive funding background. We also believe that we are setting a very positive examples for other organizations and communities across Ottawa, showing how community cooperation can fast track the integration of new immigrant youth into Canadian society.