About Us

Affiliation For Inspiring Youth Upliftment (A.F.I.Y.U.) Enterprise was born out of a deep desire to be a part of the solution to the issues surrounding young black boys in our communities. We are in a society where boys face many unique challenges and at AFIYU our aim is to teach them values from an early age that will produce in them self love, respect and understanding of others. This along with essential skills will enable them to do great things for themselves and also make a substantial impact in their community.
Our roster includes a mentorship program which will pair our youth with upstanding men in our communities, mental health awareness, character building, history, culture and financial education. We believe these foundational topics will aid in producing well-rounded young men. 

Our Mission

To provide resources and mentorship to African-Canadian boys ages 6 – 16 to equip them with life skills that will enable them to be successful, contributing members of society.

Our Vision

A society where young boys of colour no longer live under the stigma placed upon them by others therefore enabling them the opportunity to live to their full potential.

Our Goal 

Our goal is to teach them values that will produce in them love and acceptance of themselves, self worth, respect and empathy for others along with coping mechanisms that will get them through life’s adversities. We believe that training in these life skills along with support and guidance can produce successful men of the future.

Who We Serve:

We serve youth in the communities in Durham including Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington and Uxbridge also communities in East Scarborough.

Core Values

Respect ‐ At A.F.I.Y.U. Enterprise, respect, understanding and empathy are our core values by which we conduct our business both among ourselves and with our clients.
Integrity ‐ We abide by moral and ethical decision‐making practices in all that we do.
Diversity ‐ We value and respect the diversity of all cultural norms of our staff, board members and of those who use our services regardless of their racial and cultural backgrounds.
Excellence ‐ we strive for excellence in our business practices and in how we perform services.

Live Your Potential


Andrea Thomas

Growing up in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica has given her a passion for the plight of the “underprivileged.” She considers herself a social and community activist who has spent her time advocating for change to systems she sees as being unjust or unfair.

Being aware of the problems within the black community particularly with our youth, Andrea wanted to be a part of the solution and thus A.F.I.Y.U. Enterprise was conceptualized to fill some of the gaps that plague these youth. Passion and heart is what drives her and with her strong faith, she believes she is fulfilling a call.

Danielle Chang Gardner

R.S.W, B.S.W, M.S.W
Danielle is a Registered Social Worker and has acquired over 10 years of Social Work experience. During that time she has worked within the non-profit, education, and government sectors. Through this she has gained experience with mental health, child welfare, research, counselling, mediation, and consultation. Danielle has completed both a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from York University and now specializes in Relationship and Couples' Counselling. By practicing from an anti-oppressive framework committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and implementing a solutions focused approach her aim is to enable her clients to realize their strengths and empower them to take the necessary steps towards health, happiness and successful relationships. Danielle brings her experience in Child Welfare to AFIYU and with her background and education she adds a wealth of experience to the roster.

Phillip Nelson


Donna-Mae Griffiths

(Business Development)
Donna-Mae Griffiths and her family have been residents of the Durham Region for the past 32 years. She has a full-time career, loves to travel, spend time with her family, plan events and bring people together. Donna-Mae has been involved with youth outreach summer programs in past years. She brings to AFIYU lots of support and a great desire to serve in a capacity that builds up our community.

Natasha De Leon Kelly

(Communications & Management Consultant)
Natasha, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, has over 20 years experience in marketing, media and event management. She has assisted organizations with their marketing and branding efforts and provided consultation to many ministries. In 2009 she founded ShaDé Productions, a non-profit organization that hosts various community outreach programs and provides event management and video production services. Natasha is well known for her work ethics and demonstrates a high quality of servitude and compassion towards her fellowmen and the wider community. She is committed to producing excellence in all professional and ministry opportunities.

Melissa Nelson


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