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

Earthroots is a leading grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the preservation of Ontario’s wilderness, wildlife, and watersheds through research, education and action. We work in coalition with other conservation organizations to coordinate the best strategies to move issues forward.
ROADS Scholarships recipients
For over 60 years the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough has been providing quality programs and services for the children, youth and families within our community!
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Eastview's Intramural Youth Basketball League
Eastview is a multi-service, not-for-profit Community Centre serving a low-income, ethnically and socially diverse community for over 40 years. We provide programs and services that help meet the needs of the area's children, youth, seniors, newcomers and families, and contribute towards...
A rendering of the new Eva's Phoenix Transitional Housing and Training Facility
Eva's is an innovative and award-winning organization that operates three unique facilities in Toronto, providing shelter and programs to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. The three shelters, Eva’s Place, Eva’s...
Good Food Box Volunteers
Since 1985, FoodShare Toronto has worked to model a food system that is sustainable and accessible for everyone. Our programs concentrate in five key areas – schools, growing, cooking, fresh produce and food justice – focusing efforts on working with schools and communities most experiencing food...
For Youth Initiative is an organization that is committed to creating healthy communities by increasing life-chances of youth at-risk. We do this through the provision of empowering programs and services that are youth-driven, inclusive and accessible.
Fred Victor Transitional Housing for Women
Fred Victor’s mission is to improve the health, income and housing stability of people experiencing homelessness and/or poverty in Toronto.
Frontier College is a national literacy organization; we believe literacy is a right.
To inspire and empower children, aged 9-12, from diverse, underserved Canadian communities to practice Possibility Thinking, and to become leaders by creating meaningful Goals of Contribution, both now and in the future.

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