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

Youth Empowering Parents was developed out of the shared experiences of a group of Regent Park youth. It pairs adults with volunteer youth who speak the same language, and then trains youth to deliver one-on-one tutoring to that adult in English skills, computer skills, and a number of other...

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