MACCA provides a variety of programs and services to the York-Region and GTA community. While our programs are developed with a Caribbean lens, they are open to all people from all backgrounds. Browse through our programs below to discover more about what MACCA has to offer you and your family.
Design Your Future Summer Youth Internship
Design Your Future Summer Youth Internship is a youth group guided by MACCA.
As a group we come together to hang out, discuss important issues, plan youth events, and to make a difference in our community.
As a group we make sure youth in York-Region have a voice, and we help meet the needs of other youth through events and programs we develop and participate in.
Joining our group is a great way to meet new friends, gain new skills, get volunteer hours, and become a leader in your community.
Meetings are held at 505 Hood Road, Unit 5 in Markham Ontario. All youth are welcome.
For more information email email@example.com or call 905.946.9998
MACCA KINNECTYOUTH Mentoring Program funded by the Ministry of Children and Community Services, is specifically aimed at providing mentors and critical life skills development for young black teenagers aged 13-19 who are in contact with child welfare or are newcomers to Canada. Our mentees learn about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, health and wellness and much more. We assemble a team of community role models and trained mentors to encourage and support our youth. We are happy to serve an amazing group of young people. For more information about serving as a mentor please contact our Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to become a mentor, you can express your interest by filling out this form here.
If you would like to be a part of the KINNECTYOUTH program, please fill out the form here.
MACCA Senior Recrea-Action Program: Funded by New Horizons
The MACCA Seniors Program is a wonderful program which provides an opportunity for friendly, active engagement for our older adult community. The program offers a variety of activities including excursion, arts and crafts, games and exercise.Transportation and lunch is provided free of charge. The program runs on Mondays and Wednesdays at the MACCA office. For further details please contact our volunteer coordinator, Bev Hylton at email@example.com
MACCA Summer Reading and Robotics Summer Camp
MACCA runs a Reading & Robotics Summer Camp for children ages 5-12. Each year over 70 children attend camp to enrich their love for reading and learning. We expose the campers to the foundations of coding and building robots and employ 6 trained staff to deliver science related games, recreational activities and excursions throughout the summer. This year due to COVID related restrictions.
We will offer an online tutoring support Program.
We are currently working in collaboration with several organizations within York Region to re-establish a Saturday Cultural Program.
Steel Pan Program
We have steel pan classes for both youth and seniors. Classes are taught by renowned instructor Layne Clark!
Our kids have performed at the Markham Music Festival, YRP Day for the Elimination of Racism event, Holidays in the Village and the Pan Am Games.Classes are held at the MACCA office Thursdays at 7pm for kids, 8pm for adults.
For further inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID Relief Program
In light of the ongoing pandemic, through funding delivered by the United Way, as facilitated in part by the Government of Canada, the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association (MACCA) received the capacity to provide covid-relief services to the Afro-Caribbean community located in the York Region.
These services are intentionally curated to support members of the Afro-Caribbean community at the point of their need. Through outreach and strategic partnerships, with for instance, the York Region District School Board, the York Region Food Network, the YMCA, SmartSaver, the Health for All Family Health Team, and various local community organizers, MACCA was able to source, assemble, and distribute 100 non-perishable food item and resource baskets, filled to the brim with goods culturally familiar to the Afro-Caribbean community, grocery gift cards, as well as pertinent information for navigating Canadian social assistance systems.
To date, MACCA has also planned and implemented three meal drives for the community in partnership with the Jerk Pimento Food Truck, Island Mix Restaurant & Lounge, and Tropicana Caribbean Cuisine. Not only did the MACCA team affect its mandate to support black-businesses during this pivotal season, but through the meal drives, 160 free Caribbean meals were given away to the community. In the month of December, MACCA has also distributed winter clothing and natural hair products through the kind collaborations of the Bargains Group, EarthTone Naturals and Love & Beauty Supplies. In the new year, MACCA plans to continue affecting needs for food security while also taking strategic steps to meaningfully coordinate supports that will have a positive impact on black mental health in the York Region. Furthermore, MACCA will be organizing workshops aimed at promoting financial wellness among black low income families.
For more information on MACCA’s community-building activities in 2021, please RSVP to attend the MACCA Covid-Relief Program Focus Group taking place January 13th 2021 and January 14th 2021. CLICK TO RSVP For any questions regarding MACCA’s Covid-Relief Program, please send an email to email@example.com.