A4C believes that one of the wisest places to invest big solution energy is in the lives of youth. Our goal – realized in the context of formal programming and informal friendship – seeks to instil in young people positive self – esteem, an understanding of the value of their own lives and the lives of others, leadership skills and a capacity to make change in their own world. Youth are encouraged to see themselves as leaders of their communities both now and tomorrow. They learn that they have the capacity to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their cities as they pursue justice, peace, beauty and compassion in their world.
Sunnydale Connect began as a sincere expression by a young man and at the request of the local community association. Three boys began with us, today approximately 100 youth orbit about. It is not hard to imagine the innumerable number of concerns and the stunning number of possibilities that walk through our doors weekly. Our group is incredibly diverse with many having had to face significant life challenges. Many still any still do. The situation they find themselves in is often quite vulnerable. We see each of them as possessing incredible ability and strength. Partnering with parents and community partners we do our best to guide them towards hopeful and vibrant futures.
The Young Queens Collective exists to cultivate a safe space to inspire and connect women of colour (WOC). We offer bi-weekly programming for young WOC that provides participants the space to voice their unique experiences, explore their diverse identities, gain confidence through building intentional relationships, and develop transferable life skills through workshops, community outings and mentorship opportunities.
In 2016 we initiated Project Breakthrough with the goal to enable youth to think well about life beyond high school and to assist them in addressing such concerns as schooling, apprenticeships, vocation, healthy lifestyles, finances, relationships, etc. In this highly relational context we guide youth to take responsibility and acquiring important life skills.