Run the Talk (November 2016)
“Run the Talk” was Youth Gravity’s first ever workshop (or event) focusing on mental health awareness in adolescents going to high school. With 1 in 5 Canadians experiencing mental illness; 70% of mental health problems onset during childhood or adolescence, Youth Gravity strived to provide a platform for teenagers to talk about the stresses during highschool i.e Academics, familial problems etc. In the workshop, motivational guest speaker, Peter Tolius, shared his experience with mental health, students shared their own stories and worked together to make DIY stress balls. Overall, we had a successful turnout.
“When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we’, even ‘Illness’ becomes ‘wellness’.”
Share the Warmth (December, 2016)
Youth Gravity wanted to share the warmth for the giving time of holidays in winter of 2016, and we decided to put together a drive to give those in need a proper holidays. This drive was not limiting to what we were looking for; we collected items from food products to clothes, and books, and hygienic products, as well as make up for those who use it to boost confidence for those who find it helpful. We donated all the donations collected to a local women’s shelter. We have raised over thousand of clothing articles along with hundreds of hygiene products.
Community Potluck (February 2017)
This was an initiative that we put together to celebrate the diversity in the community, as well as offer delicious food to those at the Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. The mission of our event was to build a relationship among residents from all walks of life and celebrate diversity.
Regent Park Recyc-Olympics (October 2017)
In the community of Regent Park we found that there was a lack of awareness regarding recycling. So we decided to create an event in Regent Park that would motivate people to practice the 3R’s in the most amusing way possible. We had games, scavenger hunts, and delicious food, with a gathering game afterwards. There were also extraordinary prizes such as Canada’s Wonderland and Ripley’s Aquarium tickets, that were made possible by the grant from the City of Toronto.
YOUnity March (#YOUnite) (August 2018)
YOUnity March was hosted to raise awareness against domestic abuse. We have marched from Old City Hall to Regent Park (the big park). Domestic violence is not just a family’s issue, it’s a community issue. This march was a way to let victims and those who have been affected by domestic violence know that we deeply care and that we are with them. You are not alone!
Along with the march, there was a gathering at Regent Park where we had speakers from different organizations speaking about the issue. Some of the organizations we partnered up with are White Ribbon, Reclaim Your Voice, Amnesty International, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Red Door Shelter.
There is no more excuse for domestic abuse!!
Word Up with Moss Park (February 2018-Present)
This is a monthly event in partnership with Building Roots, that is offered in the heart of Moss Park, at the Me to We Global Learning Centre. Word Up with Moss Park is an event for youth to open the world of poetry through a well-experienced artist each month. They also get to share their own work and come up with slam pieces on the spot in accompaniment with great food and a warm and welcoming environment.
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