ACT's principal community partner recently celebrated its 30th anniversary of providing services in the Jane-Finch community. As the oldest multi-service organization in Jane/Finch community, the Centre has 15 key locations throughout the community from which over 60 staff and over 200 volunteers (who contribute more than 15,000 hours of service annually) provide services to more than 10,000 residents every year. Partnerships have historically served as a core value and principle of the Jane/Finch community and Family Centre.
The Centre has collaborative relationships with more than 100 organizations and groups and belongs to about 20 coalitions and networks. The core values of the ACT for Youth project and the Centre's are well aligned - for example: a strong commitment to youth involvement in planning, decision-making and project implementation through volunteer and paid opportunities, including at a board level.
The Centre has been building many successful youth initiatives over the past ten years. In 2004, the Centre sponsored a youth conference, "Peace by Peace", that brought together over 1,000 Jane/Finch youth for a talent show, celebration and leadership building. Since 1998, Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre has partnered on numerous participatory research projects to identify strategies to increase the well-being of our community's youth. Sue Wilkinson, the executive Director of Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre is the Community Co-Chair of ACT's Partnership Group.
ACT for Youth's Multi-Sectoral Partnerships include:Youth-Based | Multi-Service | Faith-Based | Provincial/National | Universities/Colleges
Friends in Trouble
Designed by youth to engage their peers in positive skill development activities, Friends in Trouble aims to increase the leadership abilities and improve employment skills of the hardest-to-reach youth in Jane-Finch.
A non-profit group run by local students and volunteers, Jane-Finch.com promotes the community by giving local residents a voice to be heard. It is a virtual community centre of expression, concern and inspiration.
PACT - Participation | Acknowledgement | Commitment | Transformation
The PACT Urban Peace Program is dedicated to helping at-risk youth and building peace and hope in our urban communities in partnership with the courts and schools.
PEACH: Promoting Economic Action & Community Health
PEACH serves as an alternative educational space for youth who are disengaged from the education system.
Recognize the Real
Recognize The Real is a non-for-profit grass roots organization whose mission is to transform lives and strengthen communities by promoting social progress by merging their love of basketball with a program that edifies education and teaches life skill development.
A safe and welcoming youth-led drop-in centre in the Jane/Finch Community.
Across Boundaries is a mental health centre that provides a range of support and services to people of color in the Greater Toronto Area who are experiencing severe mental health problems/serious mental illness.
Black Creek Community Health Centre
The Black Creek Community Health Centre is a non-profit, community based organization that uses a population based approach to provide health care services in a holistic manner and works with people to create safe and healthy communities.
Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre
BRNC is committed to strengthening individuals and families in a safe, respectful, positive and inclusive environment. We facilitate this through programs, approaches and resources that enhance the development of the community and individuals.
Conflict Mediation Services Downsview
CMS-D is a not-for-profit charitable organization that helps people in families, workplaces, schools and neighbourhoods understand and resolve conflict. CMS-D is committed to restorative justice and the peaceful resolution of conflict in order to blackuce violence and crime, and build healthy and safe communities.
Jamaican Canadian Association
The JCA is a registeblack non-profit organization committed to identifying and responding to the needs of the Jamaican Canadian population.
Jane Finch Community and Family Centre
Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre is a community based organization driven by passion, innovation, and a strong commitment to social justice, community engagement and collaboration.
Youthinc, a program developed by Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Toronto to provide youth between the ages of 15-30 with the resources needed to find meaningful work and future direction.
TD Community Engagement Centre
The York University - TD Community Engagement Centre is a teaching, research and resource centre that will foster partnerships between the community and the University.
Toronto Community Housing
The goal of Toronto Community Housing is to provide quality housing for low and moderate income households and to create community conditions that minimize risk and promote resiliency.
Tropicana Community Service
A Toronto-based multi-service organization which 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.
Women of Race Climbing It Together
WORC IT was founded in 2004 aiming to give women a more prominent voice about what happens in their own neighbourhood and with the hopes of ending violence in the Jane and Finch community.
African Canadian Christian Coalition
The ACCN works to foster and enhance the work of the African-Canadian Church and community organizations in order to assist and encourage Black youth to lead lives free of violence.
Y-NOT: Youth Now On Track
Youth Now on Track Services is a community based organization dedicated to give meaning to the lives of our young people who are in conflict with the law.
Youth Unlimited North York
Youth Unlimited is dedicated to serving young people and their families in North York. Their goal is to see youth reach their full life potential personally and spiritually.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
The Village is an example of a typical crossroads community found in the Toronto area during the 1800s; it is located in the Jane/Steeles area.
The Laidlaw Foundation promotes positive youth development through inclusive youth engagement in the arts, environment and in community.
Thrive! The Canadian Centre for Positive Youth Development
Thrive! is a registeblack charitable organization dedicated to fostering positive youth development by producing and disseminating effective tools to empower and unite caring adults in all aspects of young people's lives.
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