Author Archive: Spice Youth Toronto Community Initiative

Community Walkathon & Family Day


Rejuvenation 2.0 – 4th Anniversary celebration

Friday June 27th, Spice Youth Toronto will celebrate four years of community service at the elegant EPIC Lounge, located at 1355 St. Clair Ave W from 10pm,featuring LIVE performances by

Lesly Modeste (Brother B)
Spice Youth member and Ms. Grenada Day queen contestant Khandi (@earkhandi)
& Mr Munroe – Supa FiyaRas

Musical entertainment by our fantastic youth DJ’s – Hyper Prince, Selecta Vybz Kid & Kitron Eazysounds
We would love it if you could join us!

Limited $20 Advanced tickets are still available. Contact 647-203-5957 or 647-706-5955 to secure.

Be prepared for a true Grenadian celebration!
With thanks for your continued support.


Bowling Night – April 11

Bowling Night

Hello Team,
Let’s go bowling this Friday! We’ve reserved a few lanes at Playtime Bowl at 33 Samor Rd, from 8pm – 11pm sharp. This is a great opportunity to have a few laughs, get to know your group members AND get in some friendly competition for a reasonable price!
$25 covers your shoe, food, drinks and 3 hours of bowling! Can’t beat that.
Spaces are limited however so we will need hard confirmations by Wednesday.
Please RSVP to 647-203-5957647-203-5957 or 647-706-5955647-706-5955
May the best team win..Image

The Best Free Community Resources for Youth Workshop

The Best Free Community Resources for Youth” – An information workshop dedicated to educating youth 15 – 29 about FREE resources available in the community

Date: Saturday October 5, 2013

Location: Mt. Dennis Community Library, 1123 Weston Rd

Time: 1pm – 3pm



  • Newcomer Resources
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Summer employment/ Internships
  • Resume Critique
  • Mentorship & Volunteer opportunities


Keith Cunningham

Outreach Coordinator, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (BLACK-CAP)

Black CAP is an organization that works to reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black, African and Caribbean communities and enhance the quality of life of Black people living with or aff­ected by HIV/AIDS. With the rising rates of HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black communities, with Black, African and Caribbean people accounting for more than one-fifth of all new HIV infections in Toronto, Black CAP aims to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities through education and to enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.


Sandra Pierre

Program Manager East, beyond 3:30, Toronto Foundation for Student Success

 beyond 3:30 is an after-school program for middle school children between the hours of 3:30-7:30 pm that operates in the place they trust the most, their local school. Through the fun, experiential activities offered by the beyond 3:30 initiative, youth will have opportunities to develop social skills and increase self-esteem. This innovative initiative also offers students many volunteer opportunities that allow them to develop new skills and abilities and also enable them to contribute to their communities.


Leo. Edwards, BSW/MSW/RSW.

Counsellor/Clinical Therapist, Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

 Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) – provides support and counselling to Black youth and their families who are dealing with problem substance use. Our programs include; ​Individual Therapy, Group Therapy for youth and their parents and Early Intervention and Prevention, working with community groups across Toronto to teach them about the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on our bodies, our lives and our communities.​​​​


Tara Cracknell
Outreach Coordinator, Youth Employment Services (YES)

YES is the Employment Champion for Youth. YES believes that employment is empowerment and the cornerstone of safe and healthy communities. YES leads the Canadian youth sector with innovative programs that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become self-sufficient contributing members of society. Specializing in career counselling and job placement YES is 83% successful in finding jobs, training, education or business outcomes for youth.

Jai Sahak Content Coordinator, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) enhances the accessibility of settlement services for newcomer youth by providing content that is written in clear and appropriate language, multimedia technology and online social media tools. It also provides youth with a venue to ask questions and receive accurate information and referral online from qualified peers and professionals.

SYTCI Resource Workshp-Revised

Spice Youth Toronto 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Join Us for our 3rd Anniversary Celebration


The Ultimate Hip Networking Social Event to start the summer.

Join the conversation @spiceythtoronto!

Community Survey! Please take a moment to let us know how we are doing.

Dear youth,

You are the reason we do what we do. Therefore, ever so often we need to for your input. We have therefore created a short survey to hear your thoughts. Please take a moment to let us know been doing so far and what we could be doing to better serve you. At Spice Youth Toronto we believe that we, the youth are the ones who should shape our own destinies.

Kindly take a few minutes to complete this survey to help us plan events/programs which you need. The questions are designed to facilitate a better understanding of your needs. All responses will be kept strictly confidential and only summary measures and conclusions will be reported. Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated.

Click the photo below to access survey.

Many thanks!


Click here for survey

Click here for survey


‘Dedicated to creating an integrated network of Grenadian/Caribbean youth in Toronto’

Thank You & All the Best for 2013!

The Executive & Members of Spice Youth Toronto Community Initiative wishes to extend special Thank You’s to all who have contributed in whatever way to the experiences of the two years since our inception. You have made this journey worthwhile and we look forward to evolving with you into 2013 and beyond!

Here’s a quick look at what your contributions have helped us to achieve.

Seasons Greetings & All the Best for 2013!


Thank You & All the best for 2013! (Front) Thank You & All the best for 2013!

Spice Youth Toronto (CI) donates projector and screen to the Grenada Youth Centre

August 2012 saw the continuation of Spice Youth Toronto (CI)’s commitment to support youth initiatives not only here in Toronto but in Grenada. In June 2012, Mr. Dwight Gibbs manager of the Grenada Youth Centre reached out to the organization for assistance in procuring a projector and screen to facilitate youth programming at the Centre.

The Executive team of SYTCI was only too happy to make this wish a reality. The items were presented by President, Trisha Mitchell and Secretary Marie Benjamin, Mr. Dwight Gibbs in a ceremony held at the Grenada National Museum in August 2012 as part of the Grenada Diaspora Homecoming celebrations.

In thanking the organization, Mr. Gibbs highlighted the benefits of the items to the youth being served at the facility.

Secretary Marie Benjamin presents items to Mr. Gibbs as President, Trisha Mitchell looks on.

Secretary Marie Benjamin presents items to Mr. Gibbs as President, Trisha Mitchell looks on.

Mr. Gibbs accepts items (Video):

The Ministry of Youth Empowerment & Sports says Thank YOU!

Thank You!

Forward Ever! Independence, Revolution & Liberation ~ A panel discussion

In commemoration of this historic day, October 19, 1983, when Grenadian revolutionary Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and other colleagues in the New Jewel Movement Party were assassinated by their ‘comrades’ and the US unilaterally invaded the small island.

Spice Youth Toronto Community Initiative & the Network For Pan-Afrikan Solidarity
Invites you to
Forward Ever! Independence, Revolution & Liberation. 

Critical Perspectives on the New Jewel Movement, the Grenada Revolution & a Legacy of Pan-Afrikan Liberatory Struggle

Forward Ever! Independence, Revolution & Liberation.

When: Friday, Oct. 19th 2012
Where: Room 5-170 (5th floor) OISE, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street (near St. George subway)
Time: 7pm

Film: The Grenada Revolution Documentary

Performance by Hudson George


Dr. Alissa Trotz
Associate Professor
Caribbean Studies at New College & Women & Gender Studies
University of Toronto

Mr. Caldwell Taylor
Former Grenadian Ambassador to the United Nations

Dr. Arnold Itwaru
Senior Lecturer, anti-colonial scholar & activist
New College
University of Toronto

Marie Benjamin & Kadon Douglas
Independent Researchers

Event is Free *donations welcome*

Venue is wheelchair accessible & Childcare will be available

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So whose bright idea was school, anyway?

So whose bright idea was school, anyway?

Are you done? Are the kids finally out the door? Now that the insanity of the back-to-school season is over, many parents are catching their breaths…and surveying the damage all that spending – on items large and small – has done to their bank accounts. But it’s not too late to adjust your aim.

New clothes, stationery supplies, books and yes, even the latest tablets. Getting kids ready to return to school can cost parents plenty, even though an elementary and high school education is basically free. A recent Visa survey shows that back-to-school spending is second only to Christmas, and by just a little. The chart below provides an idea of how much money we’re talking about. Continue reading →


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