Uplift Black Youth organizers seeking community support, financial and material donations

Program hoping to help uplift black youth in Simcoe County

Everyone in Simcoe County is invited to join a movement dedicated to uplifting local black youth.

A new program called Uplift Black Youth in Simcoe County has been launched and is hoping to rally community support and provide care packages to black youth living throughout the county.

“As our youth sit at home isolating and navigating online school, they are overwhelmed with both the stress and anxiety of the global COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation and the recent events spotlighting the prevalence of anti-Black racism here in Canada,” says Shelly Skinner, Uplift Black Youth project lead and Co-founder of Making Change. “The time for change is now and our Black youth need to hear from their neighbours and our community allies that black lives matter.”

The program has the backing of community building not-for-profits Making Change Across Simcoe County and Shak’s World.

Families with school-aged black youth can register through the Making Change website. As of Thursday, 67 families have signed up over 110 kids in the region.

Those who wish to support Uplift Black Youth can make a financial or material donation. Organizers of the program are seeking specific items to fill care packages:

  • Letters of solidarity and support ✊🏾
  • Greeting Cards
  • Poems
  • Musical instruments
  • Puzzles
  • Board Games
  • Toys
  • Books with a leading character that is a Person Of Colour
  • Art supplies
  • Journals
  • Spa care products
  • Makeup
  • Haircare
  • Ice cream/Fro Yo gift cards
  • Sporting goods
  • Electronics accessories-chargers, earplugs
  • Plants
  • Baking supplies/baked goods
  • Jewellery
  • Candy
  • LEGO
  • Beanie Boos/Stuffies

Official drop off locations for care package items are as follows:

  • JJ’s Caribbean Cuisine, 110 Little Ave, Barrie. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Drors (side/rear entrance), 98 Dunlop St. E., Barrie. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dosti Eats, 535 Bryne Drive, Barrie. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Simmering Kettle, 53 Bryne Drive #B2, Barrie. Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Barrie Chamber of Commerce, 121 Commerce Park Drive, Barrie. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Feature image courtesy Making Change Across Simcoe County