supporting
young black
entrepreneurs
through
economic
development.

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Intergenerational Conversations

Join us for this year’s Intergenerational Conversations at Durham College to share in one on one conversations with experienced leaders in their fields. These conversations will help create connections enabling you to understand the power of networking to boost your business ideas. 

September 18 | 1PM – 4PM

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Youth Village

The Youth Village is Black led, Black serving and Black focused. Our advisory committee and Board of Directors (inclusive of youth and elders) consists of individuals of varying ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Together, we have identified areas of need in the Black community and have united around a common purpose of uplifting our youth through the provision of mentorship, funding and education. Our organization leverages the unique experiences of both elders and youth to offer youth-centered programs that engage the Black and LGTBQ community and help build future leaders of tomorrow.

 

In addition to the experience our organization has in providing intergenerational mentorship programs, the individual members that comprise our advisory committee have significant experience working with youth in various capacities including developing and administering youth-based programs in the areas of employment, poverty reduction, and homelessness.

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At The Youth Village, we believe that empowerment begins with education. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing the knowledge and tools necessary for Black entrepreneurs to not just start, but thrive in their businesses.

In a landscape where opportunities can often feel out of reach, we’re committed to breaking down barriers and creating pathways to success. Through our diverse range of courses, we empower individuals with practical skills, strategic insights, and the confidence to turn their visions into reality.

Join us on this journey of empowerment, where together, we’re building a brighter future for Black entrepreneurship in Canada

The Youth Village presents a pioneering course on Black Entrepreneurial Leadership, aligning with the International Decade for People of African Descent. This transformative learning experience, designed by esteemed scholar Professor Wesley Crichlow, PhD, empowers Black entrepreneurs to integrate decolonial critical race principles and racial justice into their work, fostering the growth of B3 organizations and young Black entrepreneurs.

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The Youth Village’s Mentorship Program connects Black youth with experienced community Elders, fostering meaningful intergenerational relationships. Through guidance and support, we empower youth to thrive personally and professionally while cultivating shared Afrocentric values.

The Youth Village’s Mentorship Program connects Black youth with experienced community Elders, fostering meaningful intergenerational relationships. Through guidance and support, we empower youth to thrive personally and professionally while cultivating shared Afrocentric values.

IGC series

The Intergenerational Conversations Project (IGC) by The Youth Village bolsters Black entrepreneurship in Canada through knowledge exchange and collaboration among different generations. This innovative initiative fosters lasting connections, enabling participants to harness the power of intergenerational partnership for greater business success.

The Intergenerational Conversations Project (IGC) by The Youth Village bolsters Black entrepreneurship in Canada through knowledge exchange and collaboration among different generations. This innovative initiative fosters lasting connections, enabling participants to harness the power of intergenerational partnership for greater business success.

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Mindset for Entrepreneurial Success

Build the mindset you need to be successful in your entrepreneurial journey with Khalil Dorival, Wellness Coach & Self-Published Author.

We are thrilled to announce the Youth Village, in partnership with Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN), is hosting their second of three FREE events. This online event will focus on sharing insights on national and global market trends and opportunities. It will provide networking time for you to connect with other entrepreneurs. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or are an established business owner, this event is for you!

Gain insights on local and global market opportunities from Moses Richu, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company to support your entrepreneurial aspirations. He has a wealth of experience in early stage venture investing, entrepreneurship, banking, the public sector and global energy & materials practices.

  • Build connections and networks to start or grow your own business;
  • Learn more about local and global market opportunities;
  • Grow through intergenerational knowledge exchange with other Black entrepreneurs; and,
  • Win prizes!

 

The first 40 people to register will be entered into a draw to win* a prize to support your entrepreneurial work.

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Over the next 3 years Youth Village plans to economically empower the African diaspora living in Canada through our series of programs, events and other resources promoting and foster authentic and meaningful intergenerational exchange. 

If you would like to be a part of our journey, sign up for our insiders list and join the village!

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ABOUT

Enrique Robert

MSPH

Originally trained human rights Lawyer in his homeland El Salvador. Enrique has lived and work in Canada for over thirty years, his academic formation has been useful in his role as a community development worker. Enrique has worked as a housing worker providing support to homeless and people described as “hardest to house”, he has managed a shelter for the homeless and worked in many social service organizations. 

Enrique has over twenty years of experience as an Executive Director of non-profit multiservice organisations. Including the Open Door Centre, Peterborough Social Planning Council and Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre. 

Enrique is a member of the United Way of Greater Toronto Speakers Bureau, as well of Passages to Canada, Dominion Institute. Enrique has been peer reviewer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Toronto Urban Health Fund. Enrique has presented workshops on Community Development and Non Profit Board Governance, anti racism and anti oppression work. 

Your generosity plays a crucial role in the success of The Youth Village.

By donating, you help us provide valuable mentorship, education, and opportunities for intergenerational conversations among Black entrepreneurs. Your contribution directly impacts the lives of our youth, empowering them to reach their full potential as global citizens. No matter the amount, your support makes a lasting difference. Donate today and be part of our mission to uplift and empower the Black community.

Creating Black Legacies

Research has shown that projects undertaken between young entrepreneurs and more experienced entrepreneurs have a greater probability of success. Research has also shown that funding for Black intergenerational projects is not well received in the marketplace.

Our Goal

Create a fund of over $5 million CAD to finance intergenerational projects between Black Youth and Black mature entrepreneurs.

Our Research

The responses from more than 300 black entrepreneurs from across Canada revealed that systemic racism, access to capital and the lack of a business network represent the main barriers to the growth and sustainability of Black-led and/or owned businesses.

The Challenge

Access to capital is the greatest barrier for Black entrepreneurs: Access to funding, financing, capital or sales was the top stated challenge by a significant margin. 75% say that if they needed to find $10,000 to support your business, it would be difficult for them to do so.

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Access to capital is the greatest barrier for Black entrepreneurs: Access to funding, financing, capital or sales was the top stated challenge by a significant margin. 75% say that if they needed to find $10,000 to support your business, it would be difficult for them to do so.

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