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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Evadne Wilkinson

Evadne Wilkinson is working to launch a new program focused on African and Caribbean arts and cultural enrichment for children of African descent.

“Generosity is caring and supporting others.”

- Evadne Wilkinson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spoken Word in These Times

  • Project Type: Artistic
  • Issue Area: Children and Youth
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Downsview Youth Covenant was implemented in September 1977, in the community of Downsview, York West, Toronto to help African and Caribbean youth cope with academic, social, and emotional challenges.

Free from all forms of oppression, including racism, the Downsview Youth Covenant program focuses on African and Caribbean arts and cultural enrichment for children of African descent.

The program consists of the Spoken Work training for its youth ages 8 to18 for six weeks. The workshop is a vehicle that will allow youth to speak of their ability to express their thoughts on COVID-19 and the restrictions they are experiencing. They will build their voice by expressing their thoughts in art form.

On December 1st, the organization’s youth joined leaders from Toronto and Barbados in sessions called ‘Conversations with The Elders’.

These activities will contribute towards raising confident and knowledgeable individuals who know who they are and where they came from to become mentors for others in their communities and contribute to cross-cultural learning between those of African and Caribbean descendants.