At SYTCI our driving mission to create an “integrated network of youth of Grenadian/Caribbean heritage in Toronto“. In order to further this mission, Community engagement and Outreach is our first critical step in order to create supportive, long-term community relationships and networks that are mutually beneficial for the health, strength and well-being of the youth in our communities.
Our informal research methods like focus groups, informal surveys, community meetings among others, uncovered a need for avenues that provide for profitable networking, information/resource sharing, socio-cultural activities and a space to discuss issues that affect us as youth.
To fill this need we have employed the following methods:
Volunteering at Community Events:
Spice Youth Toronto members have taken a pro-active role in supporting community activities by dedicating volunteer hours, whether by serving on the planning committees or by volunteering on the day of the event. eg. Grenada Day, Fish Friday, Grenada Independence Gala
Outreach with Youth Community Partners & organizations
SYTCI has participated in several outreach activities aimed at fostering partnerships with other youth service providers, educators, individuals and other non-profit organizations, fostering close relations with organizations like the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF)
Hosting Large Scale Community Activities:
Either singly or in collaboration with organizations who share our mission and vision, SYTCI has hosted several socio-cultural community events which serve as a space where the entire community; youth, families, community partners all can interact.