October 6, 2017: The Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation works with agencies and other partners across Ontario that specifically target building skills, providing training, and overall improve employability of Ontarians. OCWI was interested in looking at the YEP model and program and seeing how we provide employment skills to youth and to adults, and what gaps we fill in. YEP has recently partnered with OCWI who will be conducting a case study about the program. For more information about the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation and their projects, please take a look at their website: http://www.ocwi-coie.ca/
January 10th, 2017: The Strategic Framework for Youth Leadership and Innovation in Canada report by MaRS has highlighted Youth Empowering Parents as a program that fosters business incubation, networking and mentorship within Canada’s youth leadership and innovation “ecosystem”.
To check out MaRS’ insights from the 2016 National Youth Leadership and Innovation Strategy Summit, click on this link: http://www.studioy.marsdd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MaRS_NYLIS-strategic_framework_Final.pdf
January 5th, 2017: For the last few years, Youth Empowering Parents has partnered with York University Teacher’s College – Faculty of Education. Each year, students from this program get the opportunity to complete their community practicum with YEP. YEP has benefited a great deal from having these amazingly talented students work with us, and the Regent Park community has also benefited from this relationship as well. Recently, a book has been published titled “Teacher Education for High Poverty Schools”, where YEP and the Regent Park neighbourhood are mentioned under the chapter by Alison Griffith and Sherri Gilbert, “Learning to Teach in the Park: The York University Regent Park Initiative”. This chapter can be read through this link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-22059-8_13
December 2nd, 2016: Youth Empowering Parents is happy to announce that we have been awarded the 2016 Urban Leadership Award. YEP has been recognized as an emerging organization that is helping to improve the health and overall quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area. We would like to thank Canadian Urban Institute for this huge honour.
January 22nd, 2016: YEP is highlighted as an innovative community-based program addressing issues relating to learning on the 2015 Toronto Vital Signs report. To read the 2015 Vital Signs Report by the Toronto Foundation, click this link:
December 20th, 2015: A CBC news article was published this December on the YEP program in Rose Avenue Public School, located in the St. James Town community. Keep up the great work St. James Town!!!
September 3rd, 2015: YEP has has partnered with Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto, the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai, WoodGreen Community Services, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, North York Community House and Toronto Community Housing in a project to receive nearly 3.7 million in funding. The Toronto Engagement to Reduce Isolation of Caregivers at Home and Enhancing Seniors (ENRICHES) impact plan aims to increase socializing and reduce social isolation in seniors across Toronto. Through this initiative, YEP will be holding programs specifically geared towards senior caregivers.
May 28th 2015: Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) is proud to announce that it is one of the recipients of the .CA Community Investment Program for 2015. The .CA Community Investment Program was created by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and supports projects that will improve Canada’s Internet community. The program provides funding for research, infrastructure, online services or digital literacy projects.
“[Canada’s not-for-profit] sector has an important role to play in our collective national response to the most persistent and pressing digital divides. Our .CA Community Investment Program is designed to ensure that these innovators have the resources they need to experiment with solutions and deliver necessary new services,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA.
YEP’s innovative program that trains at-risk youth to teach computer skills to disadvantaged adults and seniors from the same language/cultural background has so far been replicated in 5 communities. Despite the demand for the YEP program in several other Canadian cities, YEP’s replication has been limited to Toronto, as training is currently structured to be delivered in-person.
With support from the.CA Community Investment Program, YEP is now working towards making its United Nations award winning computer training program and curriculum available to all Canadian communities. Expansion will be done through an online platform, with webinars and an online replication toolkit comprised of training modules and videos that will be accessible to the public. With this initiative, other organizations can operate YEP at their facilities, and thousands of disadvantaged adults and seniors across Canada will be trained in digital literacy.
GlobalNews– Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) is a free after-school program that enables youth to educate adults.
“Youth Empowering Parents is a pretty unique educational program that leverages an existing household dynamic,” said Agazi Afewerki, co-founder of the program. “In a lot of immigrant families, kids often teach their own parents a lot of English and computers skills. The program had an idea of, let’s bring that into a classroom.”
Rather than a traditional classroom with an instructor, the program trains youth with the skills to act as effective volunteer tutors for parents and adults in the community.
“As principal of Nelson Mandela Park Public School, I feel it’s really important that we embody this idea that school is the heart of the community,” said Jason Kandankery. “To have children build their communication skills, build their confidence and have parents learn how to better use technology right here in this school.”
Classes run for ninety minutes over the course of twelve weeks, focusing on either conversational English or basic computer skills.
“I come in and I’m always inspired by the students,” said Sally Hakim, facilitator of Youth Empowering Parents. “They start off in the program and they say, I don’t know if I can be a leader; if I can tutor someone who’s older than me. And then they sit down and they flourish in that atmosphere.”
In its third year, the Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award recognizes community organizations that have developed and delivered innovative literacy programs that make a significant impact on their communities. Each year the top winner shares the details of their winning program in a national webinar for Canadian literacy practitioners to help build capacity in the literacy field.
ABC Life Literacy Canada announced Youth Empowering Parents as the top winner during the annual Life Literacy Night celebration on Thursday, September 18, 2014.