Author Archive: Spice Youth Toronto Community Initiative

Amazing Opportunity for YOUTH in I.T. – PAID internship & Job placement program

youth-and-computers-picABOUT: NPower connects youth from underserved communities to careers in information technology.

In partnership with Accenture, Cisco, CivicAction, TD and United Way, we are recruiting GTA youth for the 1st class of Technology Service Corps (TSC), our free IT skills training, paid internship and job placement program. Ryerson University is hosting our program at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Yonge and Dundas. We are welcoming enrollment from high school/GED graduates between the ages of 18 to 25 who are eligible to work in Canada.

Here is a quick snapshot of the program:

NPower Canada Technology Service Corps (TSC)

√ Offered at no cost to participants

√ Employer-driven, industry-certified

and market-responsive

√ Access to skilled entry-level jobs that lead to meaningful careers

√ 80%+ of graduates employed and/or

in higher education

Benefits to Students

Hard Skills Training Designed by CISCO and Delivered at Ryerson

Access to Meaningful and Sustainable Work

CISCO IT Essentials Including:

· Preparation for A+ certification

· Network and systems administration

· Hardware and software fundamentals, installation, troubleshooting and repair

· Mobile and desktop user support

· Website design and maintenance

· Telecomm installation and troubleshooting

· Professional skills development

· Job placement services

· Paid professional internships

· Individual mentoring from industry professionals

· Job retention support, ongoing professional mentoring, alumni networking and additional certification paths for up to 2 years post-hire

Program Specs

Who is eligible?

Youth between 18 to 25 years of age who have completed high school or their GED and are

legally entitled to work in Canada

When and where?

Ryerson University, Mondays to Fridays, p/t from 9 AM to 1 PM

22 weeks including 15 weeks in the classroom and 7-week paid internships

1st class begins Monday, November 3rd

Class Size

Seats are limited to 25 participants due to high level of teamwork, interaction and customized individual supports

Apply Now

Application Process

Applicants must:

1. Attend an NPower Canada Information Session

2. Obtain a Letter of Recommendation and write a Letter of Intent

3. Complete online application

4. Meet with program staff for individual interviews, skills testing and behavioural assessments

Application Due Date

Students must apply to join our November class no later than Friday, October 4th – early applications are strongly encouraged due to class size restrictions

View brochure here NPower Canada TSC Overview Brochure August 2014

Boca Toronto Support group announces annual scholarship for Toronto & Grenada

August 14, 2014 – Toronto, Canada

Local Grenadian community organization, the Boca Toronto Support Group (BTSG) has announced the opening of its annual scholarship aimed at providing support to Grenadian students both in Grenada and Toronto. The BTSG headed by Jerry Ross will provide four scholarships worth $500 CAD to students on island and one scholarship to a Grenadian student in Toronto. Applicants need to have either recently completed their high school education and have been accepted into a post secondary institution – college or university. Additional details and application forms below. – Trisha M.


The BTSG 2014 Scholarship Application Form-1


BTSG 2014 Scholarship Flyer Grenada_revised




BTSG 2014 Scholarship Flyer Toronto-2


Spice Youth Day at Wild Water Kingdom

Hello all,

Here’s a summer treat for you and your families!

Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and towels and join us for a day of family fun on Sunday August 17 at Wild Water Kingdom! For only $10 enjoy access to the Water Park & complimentary picnic lunch – A $60 dollar value!

Presented with the kind support of the LaidLaw Foundation. Only 20 spots available. Reservations are First come – First serve.

For reservations/info, please contact 647-203-5957 or 647-883-3517.

WWK-Aug 17

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!


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