Pat Saul was a long serving Board Member and repeated Chair of Success Beyond Limits (SBL). Pat’s commitment to education and support of young people across the city was extraordinary. Her work in Jane and Finch led to ground breaking achievements that were always rooted in the community through the work of SBL. As we continue to remember Pat’s legacy, we think about her impact and love for the work we do.
We know that many of us in our community are experiencing extreme social and financial hardships. If you are experiencing an emergency during these challenging times, please reach out and let us know how we can support. There are no deadlines. Give us a call at (416) 395-3320 ext. 20215 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer has been an unprecedented time for so many families as we continued to provide supports which include our flag ship summer program. Our report will highlight so much of what has happened over the summer and how we have done this work virtually.
In addition to the report, please check out our recap video for this summer. CLICK HERE
We recently presented, in collaboration with other community groups across the city, a powerful know your rights event focusing on Anti-Black racism in the education system during remote learning. Some of our venerable youth have been asking us to provide support and advocacy during this quarantine. This platform was an opportunity to share the same resources by partnering with Black Led agencies to an audience of 116 people. Pivoting our work during a time where we cannot gather in spaces means it’s even more important for us to empower our youth through a strong anti-Black racism strategy.
This document is for you, a Student’s Guide to schooling during COVID-19. The
information below comes from documents from school boards, letters to students,
parents and community, and the ministry of Ontario.
This is how we are addressing an emerging need by pivoting the work we do. We still maintain the same principals we have by intentionally bringing young people together during a quarantine. On this screen you can see programs that are developed by youth, led by youth for youth. Our aim is to build important social relationships while being physically distant.
In response, to COVID-19 and the global pandemic, our work at SBL has pivoted to ensuring youth have the resources they need to succeed – both educationally and socially – during this difficult time. We are supporting young people in the following ways:
Staying connected to youth through regular check-ins. Identifying needs and finding supports to meet those needs such as: food security; overall mental well being; and sharing some key information, along with supports, provided by the government.
Helping our youth to complete their school work. School is already challenging, and now
having to work from home creates even more challenges for our youth. Some families
do not have access to a computer or internet. We are connecting with partners and funders
to help meet those needs and reduce the digital divide in our community. With a staff team committed to the success of our youth, we have identified young people in need of laptops and provided them to engage in digital learning; we have provided families with gift cards towards the purchase of basic necessities; and youth placed with SBL will receive their Co-op credits during this challenging time.
We have taken our Youth Space online and created virtual programming all designed and
delivered by our youth leaders we call Mentors.
Other supports have included:
Connecting with our alumni through the JF Innovation Hub
Supporting youth with scholarships
One on one tutoring
Getting much needed resources to young people and their families
Information sharing with agencies in the Black Creek community
We are also excited to announce the most recent additions to our Board of Directors. Joy
Gooding and Sophia Ruddock have strong commitments to improving the lives of our young people and we are happy to have these invaluable members on our board. At this time, we can appreciate the level of resilience we’ve seen from community members, residents and supporters like you. Let’s continue to stay safe and stay connected.