Leadership, Engagement, & Belonging

Civic engagement strengthens community.

Why it matters:

Almost 7 in 10 Torontonians, and almost 8 in 10 youth, reported a strong sense of belonging to their community in 2013:

    - The percentage of city youth (12–19) who report a strong sense of belonging has been growing in recent years, but

      decreased by 8% from 2012 to 2013 (from 85.5% to 78.7%)

66.8% of Torontonians 12 and over reported that they feel they belong, down from 69% in 2012. Almost 2 of every 10 Toronto neighbourhoods are in dire need of community meeting places:

    - Of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods, 28 received a “red” (or risk) diagnosis for the prevalence of community meeting places

      (such as community centres and places of worship) within a 10- minute walk.

Is the Region’s diversity reflected in our institutions?

Visible minorities are poorly represented in leadership in some sectors:

    - Although visible minorities reflect more than 40% of Toronto’s population, they made up only 13.3% of Toronto City Council

      in 2013. 

 

- Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2014

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Amadeusz is committed to assisting young people who are incarcerated. Through education, it is our aim to promote and support positive change in the lives and communities of these young people.
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ArtReach Showcase 2010
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Artscape is a not‐for‐profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

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