Working Group

The Education Working Group works with Toronto’s school boards in order to amplify the voice of students and advocate for the issues that matter most to them.

Please apply to join this working group.

If you have questions about the working group, please email the Education Lead at stephen@thetyc.ca.

Ongoing Projects

Tackling Anti-Black, Brown and Indigenous Racism in Ontario Schools

  • Sent a letter on behalf of the TYC to Minister of Education on Anti-Black, Brown and Indigenous racism in education system

  • Released #RECLAIMOURVOICE form, hearing from students across the city and province on their experiences with anti-Black and Indigenous racism 

  • Launched a petition calling on the Ontario government to make substantial changes to the curriculum, garnering over 40 000+ signatures

  • Spoke to the Toronto Catholic District School Board's Board of Trustees to support a motion on tackling anti-Black and Indigenous racism. These include committing to;

    • Mandatory bi-annual anti-racism training for all teachers and staff

    • All TCDSB policies go through a race equity lens

    • Review of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program (Police in schools) to determine if it has met its mandate

    • Review of the harmful practice of academic streaming in Grade 9 and 10 through an equity lens

  • Did an interview with CBC Toronto discussing academic streaming in Ontario schools

About Stephen

Stephen Mensah
Education Lead
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Stephen is a Ryerson University student pursuing a Criminology and Politics & Governance double major. He is an active member of the York South-Weston Community, Stephen has made it a priority to promote awareness to issues revolving around marginalized youth and community member involvement for positive changes. He serves as a Youth Director at For Youth Initiative, a local non profit and he has used his platform to help make changes to the Youth Drop-In Space with promoting education-focused programming. He was a Co-Researcher with the University of Toronto (OISE). The project focused on the Black Lives Matter and Idle No More social movements to discover its impact on Black and Indigenous youth. Witnessing first hand how marginalized groups experience systemic and social barriers, Stephen is committed to being an advocate for change.