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Black Achievers Mentorship Program

This program is dedicated to the advancement of Black youth in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and aims to provide them with opportunities to develop socially and academically with the support of Black mentors and role models.

Black Achievers Mentorship Program is a signature program of the YMCA of Greater Toronto championed by our Black Experience Staff Advisory Committee (BESAC) and dedicated to the advancement of Black (including African- and Caribbean-Canadian or other newcomer) youth.

New sessions have been added on Thursdays at 4:30pm. Scroll down to explore our calendar. 

The YMCA Black Achievers Scholarship Drive is now live!

You can support scholarships for post-secondary tuition awarded directly to Black youth mentees in their final year of high school.

Who Can Get Involved?

To start, the Black Achievers Mentorship Program will bring together youth ages 14 to 19 who identify as Black, are high school students and live in Scarborough communities.

As this is a new program, we want to ensure we’re delivering the best possible program to Black youth. By introducing the program to select neighbourhoods in Scarborough, the Y will be able to learn first-hand what students need before expanding to other parts of the Greater Toronto Area. Introducing the program in communities in Scarborough allowed us to learn first-hand what students need and to ensure that we're delivering the best possible program to Black youth, before expanding to other parts of the Greater Toronto Area

When Is the Black Achievers Mentorship Program Starting?

Starting each new school year, participating youth will meet virtually on a weekly basis and be introduced to:
Y member Vuk in the gym
  • Black mentors and role models in the community and their experiences at a similar age
  • Workplace and post-secondary campus exposure through visits and event participation
  • Life and interpersonal skills as they learn about different pathways to available careers and networking
  • A welcoming community of support from participating mentors and the YMCA of Greater Toronto

What Does the Program Include?

Youth programs at the Y are specifically designed to help youth achieve their goals or get back on track. New friends, new skills, counselling — you can find it all and more at the Y!

The Black Achievers Mentorship Program will help participating youth connect with Black mentors and role models to facilitate access to resources, connections and education including:

  • Mentoring for life skills, study skills, interpersonal skills, and to learn about pathways to various careers
  • Workplace visits and post-secondary campus tours
  • Career development testing
  • Community service and events
  • Leveraging partner relationships to potentially build out resources like tutoring and scholarships

Why Now?

We want more Black young people to have aspiration, opportunity and support to complete their education, get volunteer/work experience, and transition to meaningful and stable career paths. Ultimately, the project aims to help Black youth achieve the support, life skills, and improved employment outcomes that will positively affect their lifelong health and well-being.

Help Make Black Achievers Possible

The Black Achievers Program is entirely funded by donors — we can’t run it without your support! 

Right now, there is a waitlist of Black youth in the GTA who are eager to join the program. 

Your donation can help us expand and clear that waitlist.

Special Thanks to Our Donors

Every year, our charity serves Black youth in the community through leadership development programs and other services, and thanks to the support of our donors, the Y is able to continue supporting communities through important initiatives such as Black Achievers.

Our Founding Launch Donors

  • CIBC
  • The Peter Gilgan Foundation
  • Ted Rogers Community Grant
  • Donette Chin-Loy Chang
  • bluboho

Partners and Donors

  • Toronto Community Housing
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board

Upcoming Events

New sessions on Thursdays at 4:30pm!

Program Updates and Highlights

We're excited to share updates and highlights from our Black Achievers Mentorship program. Read our latest newsletter updates, and browse photos showcasing our mentors and mentees below.

Desjardin Youth Entrepreneurship Gala


Black Achievers Holiday Party

Rogers Laptop Recipients

Black Achievers Youth at Cedar Glen Camp


Public Speaking Competition

Debate Competition

Black Achievers Mentors

Graduation Ceremony 2023

Scholarship Recipient

Black Achievers Graduating Class of 2023