What We Do
The core focus of AFIYU is providing mentorship for youth. An adult mentor is partnered with a youth mentee and the premise behind this is so that young, black boys receive positive representation from men who look like them and who they can relate to both culturally and socially.
In September 2022 A.F.I.Y.U. Enterprise launched its program in Youth Mentorship. The goal was to have up to 20 black youth between the ages of 9 – 16 in communities in the Durham Region and Scarb paired up with trained mentors to form meaningful relationships to provide them with positive role models. AFIYU provides our mentorship program through a targeted approach with the direct needs of black and minority at-risk youth in mind.
Our mentorship program requires the recruitment and training volunteer mentors and the inaugural project began in January 2022 to run for 14 months. The project involves the screening, training and support of all mentors including vulnerable police background and professional reference checks. Trainees have access to online training along with training manuals. Training is conducted by consultants through virtual and in-person training . AFIYU provides ongoing support to mentors and mentees throughout the duration of the program to ensure success in the relationship between mentor and mentee.
Mentors are paired according to chosen age demographics, shared interests and areas of specialization. Mentorship is conducted on a one-to-one basis as well as group mentorship. and will span for a minimum of 6 months. Meetings are virtual and in person.
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
an early age.
- Be a Leader: Leadership skills training
- Kindness is not Weakness
- Building and Fostering great relationships
- Anti-bullying/cyber-bullying awareness programs
- Know your gifts
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