Year 1 Registration now closed!

Summer Programs Available

About Us

Youth School Success Initiative (YSSI) is an ethno-specific collaborative made up of 7 York and Toronto-based agencies working together to empower the educational and holistic success of black youth in York and Toronto regions. YSSI will deliver a wrap-around program that best meets the needs of identified Black youth in the York Region and Toronto District School Boards.

To support 100 Black youth from grades 6-8 toward high school preparedness through:

• Academic supports

•Cultural history supports

•Social and emotional self identity supports

•Life Skills Support

York Region Partners:

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Funded by:

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Summer Programs

Year 1 of YSSI programming is coming to a close by the end of June 2022 and therefore we are excited to present wonderful summer opportunities.

This Summer 2022, MACCA and its community partner agencies are inviting Black youth across Ontario to come together to learn, collaborate, discover, aspire, and join in some serious fun!


Parents, we know that the pandemic has caused a lot of your youth to increasingly experience feelings of isolation and academic disruption. We know it’s your priority to contribute to your child’s wellness all year round.

That’s why we and our community partners seek to:

  • Recover the erosion of knowledge and skills across this pandemic with in-person programming
  • Empower the confidence of Black youth and support student academic readiness going into September
  • Co-create with students safe and wonderful experiences in the sun

And much more!

Stay tuned for more information to learn about the great opportunities available this summer.

Poster for Pandemic Recovery Summer Reading Robotic Camp

Our Objectives

  • Deliver youth programming that best meets the needs of Black youth in York Region and Toronto District School Boards
  • Collaboration consists of 5 York Black Led Agencies and 2 Toronto Agencies
  • Increase positive relationships between school and parents
  • Support by United Way Greater Toronto

Flexible Wrap Around Support Programs

  • Choose from a mixture of supports and services offered throughout the week
  • Programs curated around individual needs of students at their respective grade levels

Free Youth Services Provided

Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association:
Math & Literacy

Theme: Afri-centric Tutoring
•Tutoring instruction facilitated by a qualified teacher
•Students will follow a grade-appropriate curriculum.
•Curriculum content will evolve into the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) and will be Afri-centric based.

Outcomes to overall program:
•Improved academic achievement
•Improved relationships with learning and school
•Increase self-esteem
•Increase understanding of STEAM related topics
•Increased awareness of self embedded in societal structures

Website: www.macca1987.com
Email: education@macca1987.com
Phone: 905 946 9998

K’uunda (Cultural Specific Arts-Based Program)

Theme: Social impact using the Arts & Culture
Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive space to deliver an arts-based program for our students that will cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the indigenous African people who have been the pioneers and cultural architects around the world. We will introduce students to the arts from the perspective of curators, painters, storytellers, poets, writers, dancers, creators, designers and builders. Black people are cultural purveyors and keepers of original art forms. Students will learn about this sector and we will use artists, speakers, innovative lessons, and interactive learning to introduce students to a world of African art and culture.

Outcomes to overall program:
•Increased knowledge in African art forms
•Increased understanding of black culture in the form of music, fashion, art, and dance

Website: www.anchorcoalition.com

Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association: Mental Health Education and Support

Theme: Mental health and wellness component
NACCAs vision is to focus on African positive identity formation/ Rites of passage as a foundation for mental wellness, and supporting children in developing a positive sense of self.

• Children will have a better understanding of the various influences on their identity formation and will feel more confident in their identity as a person of African descent and can use this foundation to constructively address interactions.

• To provide parents and caregivers tools that will allow them to be more intentional in supporting their child(ren)’s development of a positive sense of self.

Outcomes to overall program:
•Increased understanding of what mental health is
•Increased understanding of what mental wellness is
•Increased understanding of what positive identity is and how it is formed
•Increased understanding of the 7 principles of Kwanza

Website: https://www.naccacommunity.ca Email: info@naccacommunity.ca
Phone: 905-781-6222

Parents of Black Children:
Omo Africentric Virtual Campus Tutoring Program

Theme: Social impact using the Arts & Culture
The tutoring initiative offered by POBC is a free high-touch tutoring program for Black students. Students receive tutoring twice weekly in French, Math, and English (Language Arts). Tutoring takes place on the Omo Africentric Campus. 1-on-1 tutoring support provided.

Outcomes to overall program:
•Black student academic achievement increases
•Students gain access to technology to support their education
•Students feel more confident in navigating school work on their own
•Students develop improved study skills that will benefit them during school thereby closing achievement gaps

Website: http://www.parentsofblackchildren.org/
Phone: 1-833- PoBCCAN

York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities:

Sankofa Identity Program
(Exploring Racial and Cultural Identity)

Theme: Cultural knowledge sharing/Identify formation
York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities / Sankofa Program offers an African-centered curriculum that is focused on activities that provide workshop sessions for students to explore their racial and cultural identify, self-esteem, critical thinking, self-reflection, teamwork, community building.

The program’s framework is based on The Seven Principles ( The Nguzo Saba) The principles are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

These principles encourage students to exercise views, values, and practices to help define, develop personal and community excellence.

Outcomes to overall program:
•A more developed sense of Racial and Cultural Identity •Grounded in sense of self – purpose, personal identity, values, personal goals, characteristics
•Community leadership
•And more….

Website: http://www.yorkregionaacc.ca/  
Email: info@yorkregionaacc.ca
Phone: 647 425 5700

Schedule for YSSI programs

Registration Closed

Stay tuned for further updates!

For more information please contact education@macca1987.com


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