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Making a difference together: The YMAD Waterloo story, as told by student tweets

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Updates | 0 comments

Making a difference together: The YMAD Waterloo story, as told by student tweets

YMAD Waterloo was hosted on March 25, 2015 at Wilfred Laurier University. High school students from across the region attended workshops with a real world experts on specific social issues. Within topic groups, students worked with their peers and facilitators to discuss the issues, develop ideas and imagine possible solutions. Students developed creative concepts for awareness campaigns, fundraisers and volunteer initiatives that could take place within their own schools and Waterloo community. Students collaborated and determined ways to make a difference. The conference was documented through social media, as we’ve compiled some of the best comments and images...

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YMAD6 Wins Social Good Design Award from RGD

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Updates | 0 comments

YMAD6 Wins Social Good Design Award from RGD

We are pleased to announce that ACCESS received a¬†Social Good Design Award¬†for¬†YMAD6, the latest¬†edition of our annual¬†Youth Making a Difference Conference.¬†RGD’s¬†So(cial) Good Design Awards¬†gives voice to the important work designers are doing and can do to change the way society¬†thinks and acts. An¬†exhibit¬†of all winning projects will be on display at Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 1 from¬†November 4 to January 9.¬†The 2014 So Good Catalogue will be available at the¬†DesignThinkers Conference. For more details on the announcement, visit our news...

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Student Projects and Highlights from YMAD6

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Student Projects and Highlights from YMAD6

ACCESS is excited to announce the winning student groups from this year’s YMAD conference! The sixth Youth Making a Difference Conference was hosted by ACCESS at the Brampton Community Door. The event featured activities, stories and instructions to help students start socially-focused projects. Students worked in smaller groups and produced tangible results. The student groups’ concepts were evaluated and winning projects have been selected from John Cabot Secondary School in Mississauga and St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Brampton. These groups will be working with ACCESS and their schools to have their projects developed and turned into action this...

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Photos from YMAD6 Fall 2013

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Photos from YMAD6 Fall 2013

The 6th Annual Youth Making a Difference Conference took place on November 13, 2013 at the Community Door in Brampton. Post by ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education,...

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The Story of #YMAD6 on Twitter

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

The Story of #YMAD6 on Twitter

[View the story “Youth Making a Difference | Fall 2013” on Storify]

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What’s Happening at YMAD Fall 2013

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

The Fall 2013¬†Youth Making a Difference¬†Conference¬†has been re-designed to be fast-paced, exciting, and fully participatory, where students will learn and practice skills needed for social action. This year, students will work in smaller, hands-on groups and produce tangible results.¬†The¬†conference¬†will feature activities and workshops to help students start socially-focused projects. Skills that students will learn ‚Äď and directly be involved in producing ‚Äď include: Organizational Development (Mission, Vision, Values) Organizational Branding (Naming, Identity, Logo Design) Project Concept Development and Brainstorming Press Release and Social Media...

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Join the Conference Committee to Plan the YMAD Fall 2013

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Help plan the next major youth conference ACCESS is currently recruiting to fill Volunteer Positions on our Youth Making a Difference Conference Committee, to plan the next conference. Ideal candidates can commit 5 hours a week during the summer and approximately 10 hours a week in the fall weeks closer to the conference. Previous experience in events, leadership roles, and independent work is preferred. Occasional meetings will take place at the ACCESS office in Brampton (click for location). Applying for a volunteer position To Apply: Send your Resume and a personal email intro explaining your experience and interest in ACCESS. Email info@accesscharity.ca with...

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The Story of #YMAD2013 on Social Media

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Enough tweets were posted during YMAD on February 20 to document the entire conference. We have put together a set of tweets to tell the story of YMAD, beginning a few days prior to the conference, right through to the end of the event. Be sure to continue reading the story by clicking ‚ÄúRead More‚ÄĚ at the bottom ‚Äď these first few tweets are only the lead-up! Enjoy the story. [View the story “Youth Making a Difference Conference 2013” on Storify] Youth Making a Difference Conference 2013 Active engagement through the conference hashtag #YMAD2013.From the lead-up 2 days before, to the live tweets at the event. Storified by ACCESS· Sun, Feb 24 2013...

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Our Favourite Feedack on Twitter from YMAD

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

The ACCESS Team is super pumped after YMAD on February 20. Thankful to everyone who came out to the conference, we’re highlighting a few of our favourite tweets using the #YMAD2013 hashtag, out of the hundreds of awesome tweets live from the conference. We have the power to change the world we live in, we just have to get up and do it #YMAD2013 @accesscharity — Christopher Lawrence (@_mylifeaskriz) February 20, 2013 Had the coolest day at UTM w/@accesscharity met great people, and learned a lot. #play outside your #comfortzone #ymad2013 — arika macaalay (@arikaem) February 21, 2013 Great photo live from the YMAD conference – about to jump on...

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Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Official Wishes for YMAD

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Official Wishes for YMAD

A Message from the Premier of Ontario On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to everyone taking part in the Fifth Annual Youth¬†Making a Difference (YMAD) Conference, organized by ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education. I believe that all citizens ‚ÄĒ regardless of age ‚ÄĒ should have a voice in shaping a better society. And that is why I am very pleased to see ACCESS giving youth the opportunity to participate actively in the process of bringing about positive societal change. As this conference coincides with the United Nations‚Äô World Day of Social Justice, students will have the chance to share their thoughts on ways...

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Tweeting from YMAD 2013

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

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All Aboard the YMAD Express! Free Bus from Square One

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Getting to the¬†Youth Making a Difference Conference at UTM on February 20 just got easier. Mississauga Transit is generously providing a MiWay bus, The YMAD Express, to help get students to the¬†conference free of charge. The YMAD Express ‚Äď Departing at¬†8:00 AM Start Location: City Centre Transit Terminal Square One End Location:¬†UTM (Mississauga Campus at 110 bus stop) The YMAD Express Bus will depart at¬†8 AM, for an arrival at¬†UTM at¬†approximately¬†8:30 AM, just in time for registration. On the morning of YMAD, head to Square One and look for the MiWay¬†Blue Articulated Bus. The YMAD Express will be at the¬†Kiss and Ride location,¬†just east of the Route 110...

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Educator Workshop on Toys as Tools for Empathy, Collaboration and Innovation

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

For educators attending the YMAD Conference on February 20, ACCESS presents Ilana Ben-Ari and Gonzalo Riva of Twenty One Toys in an Educator Workshop about creative tools to to teach Empathy, Collaboration and Innovation. Twenty One Toys is an award-winning social-purpose business that creates toys and workshops to bring 21st-century skills and thinking into the classroom (and anywhere else change needs a hand). They are re-imagining toys as tools to teach the skills that matter to the 21st Century, including Empathy, Creativity, Collaborative Learning, Innovation and Problem Solving. Featured in The Catholic Register about the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School...

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Creativity Architect, Community Builder, Designer Zahra Ebrahim as YMAD Keynote

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Creativity Architect, Community Builder, Designer Zahra Ebrahim as YMAD Keynote

To launch the Community Challenge theme of this year’s Youth Making a Difference Conference, students will have the¬†opportunity to hear Zahra Ebrahim ‚Äď a Creativity Architect and Educator who is obsessed with Play, Design, Architecture and Community. Zahra Ebrahim is the Founder and Principal of the design think tank and creative agency, archiTEXT. Born in Kenya, raised in Vancouver, and educated in Montreal at McGill University, she started archiTEXT at 22 years old as a place to¬†bring together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture and design with social change, to explore the impact of design and creativity on systems change, and to...

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Have you heard who’s speaking at YMAD 2013?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

During the YMAD Opening Ceremonies, we will welcome James Temple,¬†the Director of Corporate Responsibility¬†of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the¬†PwC Canada Foundation. Zahra Ebrahim,¬†OCAD University Prof, Creativity Architect and founder of ArchiTEXT, Design Walkin, and the Community. Design.¬†Initiative¬†will be speaking on the power of design in building community. A special guest visiting from Ghana, Peter Awin, will be speaking about the youth conferences he runs in Africa through his organization, AfriLEAD. The Topic Talks will include individual talks on 5¬†topics in 5 separate¬†rooms. These include the United Way of Peel Region’s Jenn Davis, who will be...

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Why YMAD? Watch the Official Promo Video

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Why YMAD? Watch the Official Promo Video

Have you seen the official promotional video for YMAD 2013? The video highlights the conference venue and key topics, giving a glimpse of the inspiring event being hosted on World Day of Social Justice. This year’s Youth Making a Difference Conference, Community Challenge, is taking place on Wednesday, February 20 at the award-winning University of Toronto: Mississauga Campus. The video, embedded below, was created by Nathalie Atanda and Joseph Salami of NattvMedia, featuring YMAD Director Damon Pfaff and ACCESS Founder Daniel Francavilla. Registration is Open for High Schools now at...

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Youth Leader & Social Entrepreneur visiting from Ghana to Speak at YMAD

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Youth Leader & Social Entrepreneur visiting from Ghana to Speak at YMAD

Peter Awin was born and bred in Ghana, and proud of it. He has always had a burning desire to be a successful entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of AfriLEAD Institute, the largest youth leadership and social entrepreneurship development organization in Ghana. Peter founded a nonprofit that works to develop transformational young African leaders and entrepreneurs across the Ghana and Burkina Faso. His vision is to establish AfriLEAD as a recognized continental hub  for leadership and social change entrepreneurship education, research and practical opportunities for next generation of African Changemakers to transform their communities. He works within schools to drive...

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Topic Talk: Local Poverty with United Way’s Jennifer Davis

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Topic Talks, Updates | 0 comments

Topic Talk: Local Poverty with United Way’s Jennifer Davis

Although it may not be frequently discussed, Poverty is a serious problem in Peel Region, with 15% of the population of Peel Region (1 in 7) people live below the low income cut-off. Poverty is connected to many complicated social issues. United Way of Peel Region is committed to supporting people to get back on their feet by making sure they have access to the most basic needs in life and raising awareness of poverty, its causes and ways to address it. Jennifer Davis, Manager of Stakeholder Engagement with United Way of Peel Region has been working with young people in Peel Region for several years, in a variety of capacities. At United Way of Peel Region, she is...

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Topic Talk: Aboriginal Elder Cat Criger on the First Nations

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Topic Talks, Updates | 0 comments

Topic Talk: Aboriginal Elder Cat Criger on the First Nations

ACCESS is honoured to welcome Cat Criger to the YMAD Conference this year.Cat is an Aboriginal Elder, Traditional Teacher and Mentor from the First Nations People. He is Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh), Turtle Clan from the Six Nations Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. Cat has been working as a Traditional Teacher and Healer for more than 16 years in the Native and multi-cultural community in Canada, the USA, England and Wales. He was taught in the old way, working for many years with the guidance of an Aniishnawbe Elder (Zaawawagaabo) and other First Nations Elders, and was taught to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one to one work and to help all people to...

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Topic Talk: Environmental Ethos with Rahul Mehta

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Topic Talks, Updates | 0 comments

Topic Talk: Environmental Ethos with Rahul Mehta

Environmental issues affect far more than the trees in your neighbourhood park. This year’s Youth Making a Difference Conference will feature Mississauga’s Rahul Mehta, who is currently the Sustain Action Campaigns Facilitator¬†for¬†Peel Environmental Youth Alliance¬†(a project of¬†EcoSource). Rahul’s focus on environmental learning comes from both his academic involvement at his university and former high school, as well as in a volunteering capacity with local groups, such as the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (PEYA) and PEYA Advisory Committee (PAC). Committed to awareness, action, and innovation when it comes to the environment, Rahul strives to...

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