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Welcome to the News section of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. Here you'll find the latest news stories.
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Jane and Finch middle school students get taste of high school at special day of hands-on learning
CBC (January 18)
The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, an initiative of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), arranged for students from Brookview Middle School and Oakdale Park Middle School to tour Westview Centennial Secondary School on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event, called a "joint day of experiential learning," drew about 240 students, about 120 each day, from both feeder schools. Students learned about course offerings, including technological education, at Westview.
2022 News Articles
2021 News Articles
The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement is thrilled to have launched the Life Education Program at the Toronto District School Board for the 2022-2023 academic year. Initiated and led by Social Worker Ryan Fuentes and aligned with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement mandates, the purpose of the program is to provide students with culturally relevant and responsive mentorship spaces that help to identify and facilitate Black-affirming healing practices and strategies to address stigma, anti-Black racism and racial trauma within educational institutions.
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The YPAR Conference, Using Student Voice to Inform School Policies and Practices is the first of its kind in the country. It allowed what 13 Black-identifying students have researched and transformed it into an exciting opportunity for them to present their research and findings to TDSB staff and education partners. Throughout the conference they were able to share their experiences, perspectives and realities with attendees surrounding Pathways and Transitions, the Black identity in K-12 education, and equitable learning opportunities for Black students
Learn more about the YPAR Conference: Using Student Voice to Inform School Policies and Practices
This summer, TDSB graduates Elizabeth Agyei from SATEC @ W.A. Porter CI and Ruth Abdi from East York CI, learned about community health care through their involvement with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP). Agyei and Abdi were given this opportunity by enrolling in the 2022 Black Student Summer Leadership Program (BSSLP). Both young women identified a passion in public health.
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Nathaniel Cato-Simms is one step closer to his dream as an auto mechanic through the Black Student Summer Leadership Program. The Black Student Summer Leadership Program offered by the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement provides registrants with paid summer learning opportunities, mentorship and training. During the program, students are matched with a for-profit or not-for-profit organization, representing a variety of employment sectors, and relevant to the students’ field of interest.
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The Intuit “Lead with a Cause” Social Innovation Challenge, which launched in November 2021, asked secondary students to answer the question: How can your team help underrepresented (i.e. Black, Latinx, female, etc.) business owners access equitable opportunities to entrepreneurship and small business ownership? After months of planning, prepping and prototype building, Grade 11 student Lenecia Walters and her team of students from Georges Vanier Secondary School recently took home second place in the Intuit “Lead with a Cause” Social Innovation Challenge. The team competed at a regional and national level against nine school districts from across Canada and the United States to make it to the final round.
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