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Youth Empowering Parents bags prestigious UN award

Youth Empowering Parents (YEP), a unique initiative that provides free skills training to adults through children and youth, has been awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group. The Intercultural Innovation Award supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. The award is bestowed on only 10 initiatives worldwide.

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Jan 29, 2020Blog Post

Students are learning to teach their parents how to manage waste

Thanks to a Waste Reduction Community Grant by the City of Toronto, students are teaching their parents to improve their waste management abilities...

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Sept 4, 2019Yardi News

Developing leaders

For most kids, growing up is riddled with lessons in how to be a good follower. Follow the rules at home. Follow directions at school...

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Mar 28, 2019Business Insider

Youths teach digital literacy to Adult Learners

In the age of rapidly changing technology, it can be difficult to keep up. While some Canadians thrive on new digital devices and technology, others find it confusing and daunting...

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Jan 13, 2018Blog Post

YEP & GizmoGrind partner to teach mobile devices to adults and seniors

The partnership will allow hundreds of under-served Torontonians to participate in digital literacy training, particularly those living in areas with limited access to technology...

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Oct 6, 2017OCWI

YEP Partners with Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation

The Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation conducted a case study on YEP, highlighting how we provide employment skills to youth and to adults, and the gaps we fill in the current youth and adult literacy ecosystem

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Jan 10, 2017MaRS

YEP highlighted by MaRS in the Strategic Framework for Youth Leadership and Innovation in Canada

The Strategic Framework for Youth Leadership and Innovation in Canada report by MaRS has highlighted Youth Empowering Parents...

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Jan 5, 2017Teacher Education

York University and YEP embrace “Teacher Education for High Poverty Schools”

YEP and York University Teacher’s College – Faculty of Education embrace a partnership, whereby teacher candidates engage in local YEP community programs.

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Dec 2, 2016Urban Toronto

YEP Receives the 2016 Urban Leadership Award

YEP has been awarded the 2016 Urban Leadership Award, for its work on helping to improve the health and overall quality of life in low-income communities…

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Jan 22, 2016Toronto Foundation

Toronto Vital Signs Report Released

YEP is highlighted as an innovative community-based program addressing issues relating to learning on the 2015 Toronto Vital Signs report by the Toronto Foundation...

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Dec 20, 2015CBC

YEP Featured by CBC News

CBC news highlighted YEP's program in Rose Avenue Public School, located in the St. James Town community of Toronto, Ontario...

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Aug 13, 2015CMHA

New Horizons for Seniors Program

YEP has partnered with Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto, the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai, WoodGreen Community Services, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto...

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May 28, 2015CIRA

YEP Named Recipient of .CA Community Investment Program

YEP is proud to announce that it is one of the recipients of the .CA Community Investment Program to expand to new Canadian communities…

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Dec 3, 2015Global News

After-school program lets youth help their parents learn

“Youth Empowering Parents is a pretty unique educational program that leverages an existing household dynamic,” said Agazi Afewerki...

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Mar 30, 2015Yahoo Finance

YEP wins top prestigious Life Literacy Award

The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award recognizes community organizations that have developed innovative literacy programs...

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Sept 26, 2013Globe & Mail

YEP gets featured in the Globe and Mail

Inspired by their experience helping their parents with ESL homework, two Toronto men launched an innovative approach to integrating immigrant adults...

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July 11, 2012CityNews

(VIDEO) YEP profiled by CityTV

Two youth (Mahdi & Praveen) and two adults (Aslam Shaheen & Ferial) were featured in a segment by City News...

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May 29, 2012Inside Toronto

Innovative Regent Park-based program earns UN award

A Regent Park-based program that turns the tables by having savvy immigrant youth teach adults computer and language skills has earned a prestigious United Nations award.

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Mar 9, 2012Good News Toronto

At YEP, students do the teaching

Classes continue through the weekend for 14-year-old Mazharul Khan, only in these classes, he is the one teaching...

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Feb 7, 2011Toronto Star

In Regent Park, students become the teachers

Student volunteer Thivija Ramajeyam and program participant Johura Jaigirdar chat in a classroom at the Regent Park Learning Centre on Feb. 3, 2011...

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Feb 11, 2011Metro News

A twist on mother tongues

Youth Empowering Parents is a three-hour weekend ESL and computer skills class. Each adult is paired with a young volunteer from the same linguistic and cultural background...

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Jan 13, 2020Torontoist


It all happens in an ordinary-looking ESL classroom: six opposite-facing wide-screen monitors that display typing programs and the odd YouTube video or online games..

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