What We Do

Our Programs

Mentorship/Big Brothers Program

Mentorship can play a pivotal role in the life of a youth and AFIYU Mentorship Program aims to use specific mentorship resources to provide opportunities for our youth to realize their true potential. The program includes:

  • One on one mentoring matching youth with mentors within our communities
  • Help and guidance with some school projects 
  • Group mentorship sessions to share topics of mutual interest and cultural values
  • Summer outings and day trips
  • Extracurricular activities/sports and games

History & Culture Awareness Program

Who you are (your past, present and future)

History and culture is a core dimension of AFIYU. We believe it is vital that our youth have knowledge and awareness of their history which then can help them to have self love and acceptance of who they are. 

Our programs will include:

  • Cultural Expressions Workshops
  • Dance, Music, Art, Poetry Sessions
  • Black Museums and Site Excursions 
  • Book Clubs (Reading Black History)
  • Participation in Cultural Events
  • And more….

Character Building Program

 Character, ethics and morals are important   principles that should be taught from an   early age. At AFIYU we believe children live   what they learn and our goal is to partner   with parents to help guide behaviour from 
 an early age. 
 Topics include: 
  • Be a Leader: Leadership skills training
  • Kindness is not Weakness
  • Building and Fostering great relationships
  • Anti-bullying/cyber-bullying awareness programs
  • Know your gifts
  • webinars

Mental Health Awareness Program

Approximately 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario has a mental health challenge. About 70% of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. That’s why early identification and intervention is so critical and can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life. This is based on information from Canadian Mental Health Association. AFIYU recognizes that this is endemic in the black community and so we are committing to provide support with  mental health awareness programs.  We are partnering with professionals and professional agencies with a goal to address these issues. 

 Workshop topics include:

  • Anger Management
  •  Anxiety and Depression
  •  Learning Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Loss and Grief
  •  Resources and where to find them

Money Matters Program
- Managing Finances as a Youth

It’s never too young to learn about proper financial management. AFIYU will provide our youth programs and workshops to  give them to the tools at an early age 

Workshops will include:

  • Managing Finances as a youth
  • Budgeting and Saving
  • Learning about Investing
  • Credit and credit card use
  • Financial Safety online