There has been much conversation amongst many over the last week, a lot of the same thoughts have been shared for years and decades; and yet, here we are. I wanted to figure out a way to put my actions into play, and the time is NOW.
While thinking during my runs over the last few days, I came up with the idea of Donating $1 dollar per Kilometre that I run to a different Charity or Non-for Profit each month until the end of the year. These Charities and Non-for Profits will mainly support BIPOC.
I challenge you all to join me and #MOVEFORCHANGE. Whether it be running, biking, walking, rollerblading, etc... how you choose to #MOVEFORCHANGE is up to you. If you are fortunate enough to do the same as me, support this initiative by donating $1 per Kilometre you move. At the end of each month, I will donate the sum to the Charity or Non-for-Profit of choice.
For the first Month we will be donating to Black Lives Matter Toronto; here is more information about what they stand for:
BLACK LIVES MATTER
To be a platform upon which black communities across Toronto can actively dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, liberate blackness, support black healing, affirm black existence, and create freedom to love and self- determine.
To forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.
For the second month we will be donating to Tropicana Community Services; here is more information about what they stand for:
TROPICANA COMMUNITY SERVICES
Tropicana Community Services, a Toronto-based multi-service organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices.
Our mission is achieved through culturally appropriate programs such as counselling, child care, educational and employment services and youth development.
For the Third month we will be donating to Black Business And Professional Association; here is more information about what they stand for:
BLACK BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (BBPA)
Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.
The BBPA sponsors the annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards, a national awards event that recognizes and honours excellence in achievement and supports higher education through the BBPA Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund. In addition the BBPA provides networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and professionals.
For the forth month we will be donating to Youth Assisting Youth; here is more information about what they stand for:
YOUTH ASSISTING YOUTH
Youth Assisting Youth is dedicated to investing in the leaders of tomorrow and transforming the lives of at-risk and newcomer youth through the power of mentorship. For over 40 years, we’ve paired volunteer young adult mentors aged 16-29, with youth ages 6-15 to engage in activities aimed to develop mind, body, character, and leadership skills. Our charity connects volunteers to enriched mentorship experiences that profoundly impact the most vulnerable youth and their families in communities across the Greater Toronto and York Region.
For the fifth month we will be donating to The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals; here is more information about what they stand for:
The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals
The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals is a Toronto based charity that is dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers that affect Black youth ages 14 and over who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET).
Our mission is to create a society and economy in which Black youth achieve financial prosperity and high quality of life for themselves and their families to contribute to the advancement of Canada.
For the sixth month we will be donating to Black Youth Helpline (BYH); here is more information about what they stand for:
Black Youth Helpline (BYH)
Productive futures for Canada’s children and youth.
Primary prevention of social, psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health and community development.
Respect for the inherent worth of each person regardless of their opportunities and challenges.
Education as a key foundation for positive citizenship and success in life. Our resultant belief is that ‘no child’ or “youth” should be excluded or dismissed from our schools.
Opportunities for each person to maintain optimal health including barrier-free access to appropriate, professional, mainstream mental health assessment and services.
For the seventh month we will be donating to Inner City Outreach; here is more information about what they stand for:
Inner City Outreach
We exist to empower at-risk inner city residents and bring social and economic equality in Toronto’s inner city communities, starting with Toronto's Jane and Finch neighbourhood.
We create different programs in order to reach youth in a variety of ways. We impact them educationally through our homework clubs, engage them physically through our basketball league, we interact with them recreationally through our Scouts program, and during the summer months through our camps. We're not trying to re-invent the wheel or create fancy programs, we're just trying to impact youth in simple, grassroots, yet powerful ways.
For the eighth month we will be donating to The Kickback ; here is more information about what they stand for:
As an organization, The Kickback believes in uplifting youth globally. We aim to empower underserved youth dreams to change their world. Our programs are designed to utilize common access points. Creating a community where growth, opportunity and development become a mutual exchange between the experienced and the ambitious.
For the ninth month we will be donating to Keep 6ix ; here is more information about what they stand for:
At Keep6ix our mission is Three-fold:
Providing holistic and integrated capacity-building programs for justice system involved youth.
Preventing first time young offenders from going down a disempowering path by providing one-on-one mentoring, career
counseling and employment skills training.
Promoting healthy self-esteem by providing counseling for youths with core life skills such as communication, interpersonal and leadership skills to make healthy life decisions.
For the tenth month we will be donating to Keep 6ix ; here is more information about what they stand for:
Eva’s is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people build brighter futures free of homelessness.
For the eleventh month we will be donating to For Youth Initiative ; here is more information about what they stand for:
For Youth Initiative
Supporting youth in York South-Weston as they prepare for the future with the resources and mentorship they need to thrive
Ending the cycle of inequity
Equity - we promote equal access to life’s opportunities
Respect- we treat each other with kindness, patience, and empathy
Inclusion - we welcome everyone; diversity is our strength
Collaboration - we work together, share, and learn from each other
Integrity - we demonstrate the courage to do what is right, not what is easy
For the twelfth month we will be donating to Youth Leaps ; here is more information about what they stand for:
Founded in 2008, Youth LEAPS is a leader in the creation and delivery of innovative solutions and services that help to the Black, racialized and otherwise at-risk youth achieve their educational and employment goals.
I will be making the donation to the Charity or Non-for-Profit listed below at the end of each month:
Month 1: June 30th, 2020 - Charity "BLACK LIVES MATTER" Raised $1,463
Month 2: July 31st, 2020 - Charity "TROPICANA COMMUNITY SERVICES" Raised $743
Month 3: August 31st, 2020 - Charity "BLACK BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (BBPA)" Raised $860
Month 4: September 30th, 2020 - Charity "YOUTH ASSISTING YOUTH" Raised $1,082
Month 5: October 31st, 2020 - Charity "The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals" Raised $874
Month 6: November 30th, 2020 - Charity "BLACK YOUTH HELPLINE (BYH)" Raised $800
Month 7: December 31st, 2020 - Charity "INNER CITY OUTREACH" Raised $501
Month 8 : January 31st, 2021 - Charity "THE KICKBACK" Raised $880
Month 9: February 28th, 2021 - Charity "KEEP 6IX" Raised $541
Month 10: March 31st, 2021 - Charity "EVA'S" Raised $764
Month 11: April 30th, 2021 - Charity "For Youth Initiative" Raised &918
Month 12: May 31st, 2021 -Charity "Youth Leaps"
If you have a Charity or Non-for-Profit in mind that supports the BIPOC, please send this to me for future months (JulianCompton@outlook,com). If you are not able to contribute monetarily, even a 'share' of this initiative would be greatly appreciated.
- Cristin O’Brien
- Cory Matthews
- Elizabeth Compton
- Julian Compton
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