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Malton Neighbourhood Services Case Study

Ever since LAB B opened its doors in 2014, we have been working as community leaders to create change locally.

To do this, we have implemented a high school co-op program to engage youth in experiential learning methods for them to explore different career and employment opportunities, and we have worked with multiple non-profit organizations, including Broadening Horizons.

On May 6, 2018, Toronto Pearson International Airport announced that their community investment group will be granting LAB B with $100,000 over a two-year sponsorship. Through this investment, we will continue to be community leaders and will invest this back into our community.

One way we are working with our community is through local non-profit organizations. For example, in March 2018 LAB B worked with the Malton Neighbourhood Services (MNS) group to host a March Break Youth Day.

Malton Neighbourhood Services (MNS) is a non-profit, charitable organization that has provided settlement and community support services since 1975. They offer services to many languages and cultural groups including Somali, Twi, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Arabic, Tagalog, Spanish, and Italian. We also serve clients from the Caribbean and Africa.

The March Break Youth Day was a day dedicated to teach youth about prospecting careers and to give them mentorship and guidance. During the March Break Youth Day, we worked with 25 students from the Malton Neighbourhood Services program. The 25 students consisted of all newcomers to Canada ages 10-21.

The March Break Youth Day included a variety of workshops From Broadening Horizons and Gem Sound. The main focus of this event was to engage students to learn more about technology, team building skills, mental health and the importance of having a healthy self-esteem.

Read our case study below to find out how we are engaging with our local non-profit community groups.

Malton Neighbourhood Services Case Study

On March 14, LAB B welcomed 25 students from the Malton Neighbourhood Services program for a March Break Youth Day. The 25 students consisted of all newcomers to Canada, ages 10-21.

The March Break Youth Day included a variety of workshops From Broadening Horizons and Gem Sound. The main focus of this event was to engage the students to learn more about technology, team building skills, mental health and the importance of having a healthy self-esteem.

March Break Youth Day Workshops

Broadening Horizons  – Self-esteem workshop
Gem Sound – Songwriting workshop
Resume building workshop       

Broadening Horizons

Broadening Horizons is a non-profit group that uses creative expression to engage youth (14-29) to take action and addresses a variety of social justice issues. They provided students from the MNS a variety of creative workshops, including designing t-shirts and button pins that focused on building a healthy self-esteem.

Gem Sound

Gem Sound is a music/recording studio with a goal to help build local talent. With a focus on youth initiatives, Gem Sound provided the MNS students with a workshop on how to write a song. The purpose of this workshop was to inspire creativity and to establish team building skills.  

Why are we doing it?

The purpose of the March Break Youth Day was to establish sustainability for youth. The activities provided youth workshops on self-esteem, mental health initiatives, and team building exercises. The main focus of this Youth Day was to be able to engage these students and to provide them with new opportunities to express their skill sets.

“I really enjoyed this experience because it gave me the opportunity to learn something that I have never done before. I was able to create and design a t-shirt that represents who I am.”

MNS Student

“The Youth Day allowed me to learn about new possibilities of different career paths that are available. The resume workshop helped me to build my resume, which will help me to find work opportunities based on my skills.”

MNS Student

“I really enjoyed the workshops at this Youth Day because I was able to use my creativity to design something of my own. This taught me that I can turn my ideas into actions.”

MNS Student

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