The Young & Potential Fathers Initiative addresses the cycles of disengagement, lack of resources and lack of visible role models for young racialized fathers in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods, with a specific focus on African Canadians. The initiative will strengthen the capacity of individuals, families and the community at large to provide direct support to young fathers and their children.
YPF addresses the cycles of disengagement, lack of resources and lack of visible role models for young racialized fathers.
Since the initiative’s inception, grassroots community organizations have come together to identify and recruit youth from the community to lead this initiative and to ensure youth are significantly involved in the planning process. YPF continues to develop the initiative by:
Conducting a series of forums focused on young fathers and their children
Developing and distributing questionnaires and surveys amongst youth in the priority neighbourhoods.
Engaging community leaders to identify young fathers who will benefit from this opportunity and provide critical feedback.
The initiative has secured a space in Weston Mount Dennis one of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods. The space is approximately 2,500 square feet each nad houses comprehensive programming for young Black men who are learning how to overcome the personal and systemic challenges young men & fathers face.