The Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Rexdale Civic Engagement Project (Civics 101 Project)
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Rexdale Civic Engagement Project (Civics 101 Project) was a one-year initiative on Social Infrastructure, Civic Engagement, Human Rights and Relations in the Rexdale Community funded by the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) grant.
The Civics 101 project was youth-focused and primarily youth directed with the goal of engaging young people to think critically around issues on employment, community safety and policing, affordable housing, food security, and public transit. The focus of the project was to investigate what were the potential methods that youth living in the Rexdale community under the age of 18 could be engaged with civic engagement. The project was successful in engaging diverse youth, residents, agencies and other community stakeholders in around issues on access, equity and inclusion.
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations also looked at community assets and resources in the Rexdale community that were available and accessible to offer empowerment tools to young people that were residents of Rexdale.
We would like to thank all the residents and community partners that made the Civics 101 project a success:
• Civics 101 facilitators (Paul Green and Nigel Barriffe)
• Microskills/ Pro-tech Media Centre
• Breaking The Cycle
• Rexdale Hub
• Leave Out Violence Everywhere (L.O.V.E.)- special mention to CJ Cromwell
• Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
• Rexdale Community Health Centre
• Rexdale Community Legal Clinic
• Etobicoke YMCA
• City of Toronto
• City of Toronto/Community Development Officers (Claudia Coore and Wayne Robinson)
• Civics 101 participants