Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Belonging

(Please note: This page is a work in progress)

Phase I: An Intentional Focus on Anti-Black Racism (ABR)

Since 2017, YouthLink has been on an intentional path to disrupt racism and champion an equity-based approach in our organization and for the community that we serve. Our focus over these last years has been specifically on combatting anti-Black racism; we know that the Black community is one of the most impacted communities from every type of racism. We also know that being a Scarborough-based organization means that combatting anti-Black racism must be a fight that is the core of our mission. We have improved some critical priorities during these last years, but we have much more work to do to achieve equitable outcomes for young Black people. We are deeply committed to this work, and are developing specific, measurable indicators to track our progress and focusing on policies, programs and partnerships, here at YouthLink and within the larger sector. Another core part of our commitment is to ensure that our staff and board of directors not only reflect the community that we serve, but also have strong competencies in equity and ABR work.