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

March of Dimes Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides services to people with physical disabilities and their families. Our mission is to serve all people with physical disabilities, by maximizing their independence, personal empowerment and community participation.
MJKO is a charitable organization that promotes positive and healthy lifestyle choices through mentoring and leadership training in a safe and encouraging environment. Our goal is to create a sense of community among youths across the Greater Toronto Area through the sport of non-contact boxing.
The Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation’s (MGR) mission is to help deserving yet financially disadvantaged youth access the technology and tools they need to achieve their academic & social potential. The Foundation supports educators and police officers to deliver programming that...
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METRAC works with individuals, communities and institutions to change ideas, actions and policies with the goal of ending violence against women and youth.
http://www.moorelands.ca/
At Moorelands, we recognize the inherent value of all children and youth. We work with Toronto children and youth affected by poverty, to provide them with positive and fun experiences to help strengthen their confidence, competence, character and positive connections to peers and caring adults......
Creekside - Mural Routes; community & youth mural project- 2014
Mural Routes is the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development, education, and promotion of public wall art. Our vision is to inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building. In...
Harnessing Canada's Diversity for Peace at Home & Abroad
​The Mosaic Institute is a “think and do” tank that harnesses the diversity of Canada's people to build a stronger, more inclusive Canada, and promote peace all around the world. Using original research and specialized programming in high schools, universities and the broader community, the...
Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto
Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto is the only organization that is dedicated to serving urban Aboriginal women and children in the Greater Toronto Area.Through emergency support as well as life enhancing and cultural programming, we build self-sufficiency and develop collective capacity to...
New Leaf Yoga Foundation is a charitable organization supporting the empowerment and well-being of youth by making mindfulness and yoga-based practices accessible in some of the least-serviced environments.
Newcomer Women's Services Toronto (NEW) has been delivering educational and employment opportunities for immigrant women and their children for over 30 years. We believe strong women build a strong community.

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