Programs

Our programs are designed to address barriers to social inclusion in employment, education and the broader social context.

We help participants of the program develop and maintain positive peer and professional mentoring relationships that will positively impact the career trajectory and social status of the participants of the program through:

Early Leadership

Early intervention leadership development for girls ages 8-17.

Middle Years Leadership Incubation

High school students ages 15-19. Interested in learning about the Model United Nations environment.

Professional Support

Up to 35 year old, professional development programming.

  • #LeadLikeaGirl
    #LeadLikeaGirl
    Sat., Oct. 03
    Location is TBD
    Oct. 03, 2020, 9:36 p.m.
    Location is TBD
    Provides girls ages 8-17 with the opportunity to build and expand their leadership, confidence and self-efficacy skills.
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  • Black Diplomats Academy
    Black Diplomats Academy
    Thu., Oct. 01
    Location is TBD
    Oct. 01, 2020, 12:01 a.m. – 12:06 a.m.
    Location is TBD
    Prepare participants between ages 18 to 35 years old to interface with regional, national and global policy issues.
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Our Modules

 
 

#LeadLikeaGirl

Program details


  • Sessions running October 2020-August 2021

  • All sessions delivered virtually

  • Sessions run weekly on Saturday at 10:00 - 11:30 am

  • Program runs at no cost to participants 

Program Description


#LeadLikeAGirl program is an 11-month program geared towards girls’ ages 8-17 currently residing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 


Designed to build leadership, confidence and self-efficacy skills, this unique program will provide the girls with meaningful learning experiences that will enhance their knowledge on climate justice, expose them to non-traditional sports, and provide them with Introductory French training. 


Mentorship opportunities with female leaders from across a variety of industries will provide them with exposure to non-traditional careers in STEM, gaming, public affairs, business and the climate sectors among many others.


 Girls will also get the opportunity to build relationships with their peers and develop their teamwork, communication and collaboration skills as they work together on a major project to solve climate issues within their local communities.

Black Diplomats Academy

Applications are now closed for the 2021 program cohort.


2021 program cohort announcement coming soon


Program details


  • Year long program with 6 months of module delivery and 6 month career trajectory internships for eligible participants. 

  • Suitable for individuals interested in Global Diplomacy and who self-identify as Black/African/Caribbean.

  • All sessions delivered virtually

  • 2021 program start date: March 19

  • 6 hours of program delivery per week.

  • Program runs at no cost to participants

Program Description

The Mandate of the Academy:


The Black Diplomats Academy (BDA), formally launched in 2021, following successful piloting in 2019, focuses on providing Black youth and young professionals 14-35 years old with access to specialized training and experiential learning opportunities to prepare them for a career in international diplomacy and the broader public service.  


Key indicators of the impact of this program includes, sending four young women to the United Nations headquarters in New York City in 2019 to be professional trained in world politics and negotiations; in 2020,  at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we maintained our consistent program offering by sending sixteen high school students to virtual Model United Nations and in 2021, launching the Black Diplomats Academy, where 25 undergraduate and graduate students moved through the three pronged complementary program. All three opportunities to engage with policy determining decision makers, were the first in-depth experiences for program participants.


The deep-rooted discrimination and systematic anti-Black racism experienced by Canadians of African descent have led many members of Black communities to be left out of the domestic and international decision-making institutions that Canada participates in. It is for this reason that the BDA positions our priorities based on the Global Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Our scope of practice aligns with goals: #4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17. Further, with the adoption of the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent, the Academy seeks to further define our impact with an emphasis on partnerships to achieve the Goals and the express delivery of Black communities’ equity-based foreign and domestic policy agenda.


In line with the modalities of the Permanent Forum, we have identified key directives within which the Academy is able to foster productive, intentional and systemic changemaking on the behalf of people of African descent here in Canada and globally. Priorities for the Academy include:


1.  Education – SDG 4: The BDA seeks to close experiential learning gaps that prevent access to policy actors for Black youth in Canada aspiring to be the next generation of policy leaders. The Academy recognizes that access to experiential learning opportunities have a direct impact on both the academic and professional trajectory of participants. Therefore, the Academy mitigates this barrier by hosting learning labs, conferences, internships, travel abroad opportunities and access to the network for relationship building as a mechanism to create social inclusion. Through these actions, the Academy ensures that Black youth and young professionals are on an equitable path to opportunities for advancement.


2.  Employment – SDGs 5, 8: The domestic and international relations job sectors in Canada, especially those in the diplomacy space: negotiation, trade, development (humanitarian and economic), Justice and Strong equitable Institutions, National Security, Technology, Infrastructure, are often concealed and difficult to access. Furthermore, these areas continue to present gender-based inequity. The BDA seeks to uncover this hidden job market for Black youths and create a pathway for them to seek and excel in opportunities in these fields.


3.  Representation on policy platforms – SDGs 10, 13, 16 and 17: The BDA seeks to inform policy positions on foreign policy at the national and international levels. Specifically, the mission of the Academy in this context is to champion Canada’s policy positions at High Level meetings, G-series, World Economic and Climate Action forums. The Academy endeavors to position Black young people to excel in subject matter that is focused on multilateralism. In addition, the Academy pursues the advancement of Black diplomacy at the intersection of racial and ethnic identity, age, gender, differently abled and neurodiverse individuals and lived expertise in African descent diasporic concerns.


4.  The UN Permanent Forum for People of African Descent – SDG 10: The BDA is positioned to act in alignment with the modalities of the UN Permanent Forum for People of African Descent. The Academy also prioritizes the themes of Recognition, Justice and Development in the context of domestic and foreign policy development.

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