Centre for Black Student Excellence Newsletter - October 2023

We are thrilled to welcome you back to our Centre for Black Student Excellence newsletter dedicated to educating families about resources in York Region District School Board in alignment under the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Implementation Plan. This platform will be your source of inspiration, education, and connection as we work together to foster a more equitable and inclusive educational environment.

Through this newsletter, we aim to share stories, resources, and initiatives that promote understanding, unity, and positive change. We believe that by amplifying diverse voices and engaging in meaningful conversations, we can create a more inclusive future for all.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Your commitment to diversity and inclusion is a powerful force for change, and we look forward to the progress we can make together.

Warm regards,

The Centre for Black Excellence



Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

Aurora Black Community Community Voice Fyah Side Chat

September 29, 2023 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. , Aurora Library and Virtual 

A time for residents and community partners to share feedback and ideas and ask questions as we plan for a successful BH 2024. 

For more information, contact: abc@aurorablackcommunity.com 

Youth School Success Initiative, After School Program

YSSI: empower Black Youth (Grades 6-8) for High School Success! Personalized academic support, culturally relevant curriculum, and life skills development. Fostering community, boosting confidence and celebrating diversity. Join us for a brighter future. 

Register and to learn more.

City of Markham Mayor's Black Youth Liaison

The Mayor's Black Youth Liaison is a committee dedicated to representing a voice for Black youth in the City of Markham. MBYL strives to empower and uplift youth through valuable initiatives and advocacy. As a part of the committee, you will be asked to plan events, discuss issues facing Black youth, and develop initiatives to enhance the Black youth experience within the City of Markham.

Apply today.

Omo Virtual Campus

Discover an interactive Africentric world:

  • Free drop-in virtual tutoring where students can get homework and assignment help in real-time.
  • Live chat and interactive features.
  • Curated spaces specifically designed to centre and uplift Black students.

To learn more, watch this video or visit Parents of Black Children.

Sankofa Mentoring Cultural Identity Programs (Free)

The free Sankofa Mentoring Program provides Black students in grades 4-12 with a powerful African-centred curriculum founded on the Ngozi Saba principles. Students can participate in various activities such as cultural games, drumming, creating storybooks for children, field trips, listening to guest speakers, learning about Black HEroes and Sheroes, as well as studying African languages.

Learn more about the Sankofa Mentoring Program (Grades 7-12), Sankofa Identity Program (Grades 6-8), and Storytelling Program (Grades 4-6).

NACCA Programs

NACCA offers culturally relevant Mental Health Education and Counselling support programs for Black youth and families; financial literacy program; educational programs for the entire family; food security program; presentations and workshops to educate about racial prejudice & bias to reduce discrimination; annual scholarship program and more!

Learn more. 



The Alliance of Educators for Black Students(AEBS) is committed to promoting well-being and excellence in achievement for students of African/ Caribbean heritage.  You can follow them on Twitter @AEBSyrdsb

Learn more about Black community agencies that provide supports in your area: