Project Empowerment targets youth who are involved with the criminal justice system or have dif culty tapping in to hidden potential within themselves. Partnered with Operation Springboard, Project Empowerment provides an outlet for at-risk youth to give back to the community and acquire new skills. This program provides one-on-one support to encourage open dialogue between youth and outreach workers in order to pursue healthy solutions.
Project THAMIL (Tamils Helping and Motivating to Inspire Leadership) aims to identify strengths in individuals through diverse and creative programs. The success of Project THAMIL lies in its effective incorporation of youth projects, one-on-one mentorship and workshops. The initiatives of the program have resulted in positive outcomes including increased class attendance, safer school environments and improved communication between parents and students. CanTYD currently hosts this program at Jean Vanier CSS, R.H. King Academy, SATEC @ W.A. Porter CI, Lester B. Pearson CI and Woburn CI. As CanTYD continues to grow, this program will expand into more schools in Scarborough and York region.
CanTYD hosts recreational drop-ins at several high school gymnasiums after school hours throughout the year. Hosted twice a week, the drop-ins include a variety of sports and recreational activities that are supervised by CanTYD staff.
Selvy’s Circle is a project geared towards young women that seeks to create a positive and therapeutic environment to address their goals, concerns, and issues. Through regular seminars, discussions, workshops, and socials, participants are left with a positive experience after identifying and overcoming barriers faced by women both socially and culturally. CanTYD currently hosts this program at Jean Vanier CSS, R.H. King Academy, SATEC @ W.A. Porter CI, Lester B. Pearson CI and Woburn CI.
The CanTYD Youth Council (CYC) was formed to engage youth in developing a grassroots strategy for the organization. It is comprised of youth representing several high schools in the GTA, and serves as a vital link between youth and CanTYD to promote mutual respect, and in ensuring that the voices of youth are heard. Each member of the Youth Council serves as a CanTYD representative of their school, thereby linking CanTYD with the greater community. The aim is to engage youth in positive activities to create strong leaders in the community.