Parents of Black Children York Region – June 2019 Newsletter 

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:  PARENT ENGAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE  – YRDSB

York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is looking for parents to be part of their Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JUNE 17.  As parents of Black children, this is our opportunity to take up space and bring issues affecting our children directly to those with the capacity to make changes. The more parents of Black children apply, the more likely it is that we will be selected.

To apply, please complete the application form on the board website. If you are a successful candidate, please let the steering committee know.

  • Ages 5-12
  • July 2nd- August 9th, 2019
  • Mondays – Fridays (except Monday July 1, 2019 Canada Day Holiday)
  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM  Learn More and Register »

  • Ages 4-11 (No previous dance experience required!)
  • Mondays – Fridays (except Monday July 1, 2019 Canada Day Holiday)
  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Before care 8:00am – 9:00am
  • After care 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Healthy snacks included throughout the day.
  • Dance, Arts & Crafts, Karaoke, Games, Movies and so much more

dance@doahl.com or call (647) 285-8972         Learn more and register »

For Students  Ages 12 to 16 
The York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities is offering a Sankofa mentoring program for youth.

The program is a life –skills Program Rooted in an African Centered Rites of Passage Process, utilizing the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles)

  • Unity
  • Self-Determination
  • Collective Work and Responsibility
  • Cooperative Economics
  • Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Faith
  • + Self-Respect

Includes summer retreat and field trips. Get More Information
Contact email: PGMMGR@YORKREGIONAACC.CA

BLACK BOYS CODE

For boys 8-17 years old

Black Boys Code is a Not for Profit organization dedicated to introducing young boys of colour through their critical development years (ages 8 to 17) to computer science through exposure workshops, Hackathons, after school and summer programs.
Date:  Sat, 15 June 201910:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location:  Ryerson University- 350 Victoria St. Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

REGISTER

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BLACK STUDENTS

BLACK FOUNDATION OF COMMUNITY NETWORKS (BFCN) has created an extensive list of scholarshipsbursaries and awards that are available for students pursuing post-secondary undergraduate education in Canada. Learn more about how to apply.

Each year MARKHAM AFRICAN CARIBBEAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION (MAACA) provides scholarships to students graduating high-school and going into a post-secondary programs.  Applications are now being accepted.   Download the Application Package.

YORK CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD – SCHOOL WITHIN A COLLEGE (SWAC)

  • For students aged 17-20 whose learning needs are better met in a mature college environment. The primary focus are students who have left high school before graduating.
  • The program helps students complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and make successful transitions to post-secondary college studies. The program enables students to earn: credits towards an OSSD and dual credits that may count towards their OSSD and a college certificate or diploma program

LEARN MORE

ONTARIO STUDENT RECORD 

Do you know that your child’s student record is kept on file for 55 years in Ontario?
  • As the end of the year approaches, parents should make an appointment with their child’s school Principal to review their child’s Ontario Student Record.  This is your right.
  • You are also entitled to remove anything you feel is not relevant or is detrimental to your child’s success as they progress through school.
  • All children in Ontario have an Ontario Student Record, whether they are at Public, Catholic, Independent or Private school.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ONTARIO STUDENT RECORD

DO YOU HAVE A CHILD ENTERING HIGH SCHOOL?

All parents of children entering high school in September, particularly those who may have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), should make an appointment with the high school guidance counselor to review courses, meet teachers, tour the facilities and ensure your student is set up for success in the upcoming year.  This is especially important for Parents of Black Children.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to set up an appointment.

The Engaged Parent: Navigating the School System for Black Student Success

The series of information sheets – The Engaged Parent: Navigating the School System for Black Student Success – are designed to support parents to be partners in their children’s education, from JK through to high school. These resources will help parents effectively and confidently engage with the school system to support the academic success and well-being of Black children.

Be sure to download the information sheets, they are a valuable resource for all parents of Black children as they progress through the education system.

CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERS 

York Region Police and York Region Children’s Aid Society are both in need of Board members.  Given the systemic anti-Black racism, colonialism and oppression that exists in both the criminal justice and the child welfare system, this is an opportunity to influence decision making and outcomes for families of African Canadian descent.

For more information on how to become a York Region Police Board Member
For more information on York Children’s Aid Society Board Membership 

  • NOTE: If you are considering becoming a YORK CAS board member, please familiarize yourself with the One Vision One Voice project to address overrepresentation and disparities of outcomes for African Canadian families, including all of the resources available.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

If you are interested in receiving emails from the six African Canadian community organizations in York Region, please opt in to receive emails from these groups.  This consent will allow us to share your email with the community groups. If you do not consent, your information will not be shared.

York Region African Canadian Community Organizations:
Black Foundation of Community Networks (BFCN)
Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association (MACCA)
Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA)
Thornhill African Caribbean Canadian Association (TACCA)
Vaughan African Canadian Association (VACA)
York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities (York Region AACC)