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Black Daddies Club Co-Presents The Black Families Un-Conference registration is now open

We are excited to say the registration for The Black Families Un-conference is now live.

Register here https://timscamps.typeform.com/to/TIbEkWfS

Keeping with Black Daddies Club (BDC) focus on Black families in 2022, we are launching a new initiative that we have been conceptualizing for the past 5 years.

The Black Families Un-Conference is a three-day gathering for families who identify as Black or Racialized to take part in a camping experience for the entire family that will take place in one of Tim Hortons Camps in Ontario, at no cost to the families that attend.

The idea behind the Black Families Un-Conference is to create positive memories and experiences for these families (parents or guardians and their children) as a whole in a safe environment that they may not be able to afford. The Black Daddies Club (BDC) over the 15 years of operating in the Greater Toronto Area, has created programs which promote creating positive memorable memories within green spaces for Black families and their allies. 

This initiative is a collaboration between Justice Fund, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Tim Hortons Camp and The Black Daddies Club (BDC). The dates for Black Families Un-Conference will be October 28th, October 29th and October 30th 2022. The location of the Black Families Un-Conference will be at a Tim Hortons Camp in Ontario which will be announced at a later date. 

Black Families defined:

Black folks are not a monolith and we have various entry points into our Blackness and this means the same goes for our families. So for Black families who identify as hetero-normative, nuclear, LGBTQ+, mixed raced, adopted a Black a child, Black parent or child with a disability, etc. The Black Families Un-Conference welcomes you to take part in this gathering.

The purpose of the Black Families Un-Conference is four folds: 

* Black and Racialized Families engage and learn from nature
* Black and Racialized Families learn about themselves in a setting outside of the city 
* Black and Racialized Families create new positive memories together in nature through experiential learning 
* Black and Racialized Families get to meet other families, promoting networking decreasing isolation during the gathering, and potentially maintaining those relationships afterwards 

Partnering with Justice Fund: is critical for making the Black Families Un-conference accessible for Black and racialized families, who have been disproportionately impacted financially by COVID-19 and Anti- Black racism in Toronto. Justice Fund will cover lodging, food and transportation costs for all attendees taking part in BDC Black Families Un-Conference. 

Justice Fund is dedicated to the social and economic well being of communities from the Northwest & Northeast of the GTA. Violence in Toronto continues to be an increasing challenge and youth who experience poverty are impacted more by this violence than any other demographic.

All cost for The Black Families Un-Conference will be supported through Justice Fund and includes: 

* Charter bus pick up and drop off at a designated site in East, Central and West Toronto 
* Lodging at Tim Hortons Camp for Black and Racialized 155 families for the three days and two nights 
* Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the three days and two nights 
* All activities on the Tim Hortons campground  

Partnering with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), ensures that BDC is able to outreach to the residents on their property. TCHC is the second-largest housing provider in North America (behind the New York City Housing Authority), with over 58,000 units of housing and an estimated 110,000 residents. We will be working with TCHC to identify and outreach residents and their families who will be interested in participating in the Black Families Un-Conference.

What can families expect at the Black Families Un-Conference:

Camp Features: (Some of these activities may not be accessible depending on the weather that weekend)
* A zipline that travels over 400 feet.
* Trails for hiking and mountain biking.
* Canoeing, kayaking and boating. (Not available due to time of year)
* Swimming and fishing (Not available due to time of year)
* High and low ropes adventure courses.
* Climbing tower.
* Disc golf course.
* Fields for soccer, baseball, and football.

Black therapists on site at Black Families Un-Conference to support parents and families if they desire the support. We are providing two Black identified therapists (male and female) for the entire three days at the Black Families Un-Conference that will be on-call for the duration of the un-conference for any families that would like to speak to a therapist about something that they are navigating.

Black Families financial strategies workshop sponsored by Alterna Savings. We will have a plenary during the Black Families Un-conference for Black and racialized families looking at various strategies around money management strategies for all ages.

Workforce development opportunities for Black and racialized youths through Tim Hortons Camps, there will be an information session given by Tim Hortons Camp at the Black Families Un-Conference on employment opportunities at Tim Hortons Camps. Black and Racialized youths will be able to get more information on these opportunities at the Black Families Un-Conference and apply to become Tim Horton’s Camp counselors at the one their many camps across Canada for the summer, this is a great opportunity for young people to gain experience, get paid and travel.


Vaccination: Youth do not have to be vaccinated. Adults need to declare if they are fully vaccinated or have taken a rapid test morning of camp. This info is only on the honor system and no test results or proof of vaccination is needed. 

Registration and paperwork deadline is Thursday, October 13th 2022 at 4pm. Register at the link today to avoid disappointment.

Register here https://timscamps.typeform.com/to/TIbEkWfS

Black Daddies Club collaborates with Prince’s Trust Canada for Job readiness program for Black and Racialized Families facing Barriers to employment in Toronto

Black families in Canada have been hit the hardest by unemployment during the Covid-19 pandemic, in a recent StatsCan’s research that reported that:
 
 “Young Black Canadians (aged 15 to 24) have been particularly hard hit, with a jobless rate of 30.6% — almost double the 15.6% rate for non-minority youth.”, the report also acknowledged that “25 to 54 age group, Black Canadians also had a higher unemployment rate than non-minority Canadians (9.4% versus 6.1%)”, read more about the report here.
 
Prince’s Trust Canada (PTC) and Black Daddies Club (BDC) are teaming up to co-create an employment readiness program for Black and Racialized parents 18-30, who are experiencing barriers to accessing employment. The virtual focus group will take place on August 20th 2022 from 11:00am-12pm. To register for this focus group, please access this link.


We want to hear from you!
* What are the current barriers to accessing sustainable, equitable employment?
* Which types of employment/career opportunities are you looking for?
* Which job-related skills would be valuable to learn?
* What type of job-related support do you need to have the tools to succeed with your employment/career goals?



Each participant who attends the full virtual program and completes the survey will receive a $30 Amazon gift card.

Prince’s Trust Canada (PTC) and Black Daddies Club (BDC) are Teaming up to Co-create Focus Group for Black and Racialized Families with Barriers to Employment

Prince’s Trust Canada (PTC) and Black Daddies Club (BDC) are teaming up to co-create an employment readiness program for Black and Racialized parents 18-30, who are experiencing barriers to accessing employment. The virtual focus group will take place on August 20th 2022 from 11:00am-12pm. To register use QR code.

We want to hear from you!

  • What are the current barriers to accessing sustainable, equitable employment?
  • Which types of employment/career opportunities are you looking for?
  • Which job related skills would be valuable to learn?
  • What type of job-related support do you need to have the tools to succeed with your employment/career goals?

Each participant who attends the full virtual program and completes the survey will receive a 30$ Amazon gift card.

The Black Families Investment Club: Barbershop Financial Community Forums

The Black Daddies Club (BDC) co-presents The Black Families Investment Club: Barbershop Financial Community Forums, on Tuesday, July 26th 2022, 6pm-8pm at Onyx Barbers (90 Adelaide St E, Toronto), this is a free in-person community event.

This barbershop community forum will look at what financial strategies Black and racialized families are currently using to stay afloat during these challenging times. There will be guest speakers offering various strategies that families can use in their homes.

There will be two-parts to this barbershop event:

Black Families Investment Club with BitBuy

Bitbuy has collaborated with BDC to co-create a cryptocurrency financial tool for Black and racialized families to gain income, while they invest and share the tool with other folks in their networks. A representative from Bitbuy will be discussing more about this financial tool during the first part of the event.  To find out more about Bitbuy and their services check out their website at this link

Financial Strategies for Black Families’ Barbershop Forum with Alterna Savings

Alterna Savings has collaborated with BDC for this grassroots barbershop forum to engage Black and racialized families, who are interested in having a discussion around what financial strategies can our families use to manage our financial resources during these times of high inflation for daily living costs.

To find out more about Alterna Savings and their services check out their website at this link

Register for this free community event on Eventbrite

Black Families Investment Club- Barbershop discussion series Tickets, Tue, Jul 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Why the barbershop?

Black Daddies Club (BDC) returns to their roots by collaborating with Onyx Barbers, who BDC collaborated with 15 years ago in 2007 to do our first barbershop sessions. In 2022, we decided to collaborate again for these financial series, as we have seen in research and our own experience over 15 years that barbershop works for community engagement specifically for Black men and Black fathers, because these barbershop spaces normalize the idea of Black men speaking and communicating with each other and it’s a place where we can practice being comfortable being vulnerable and honest in our dialogues with each other.

Alterna Savings collaborate with Black Daddies Club for Financial Barbershop Forum for Black Families

Black Daddies Club Co-Presents: Financial strategies for Black families barbershop forum

This barbershop community forum will look at what financial strategies Black and racialized families are currently using to stay a float during these challenging times. There will be guest speakers offering various strategies that families can use in their homes.

Where: Onyx Barbers (90 Adelaide St E, Toronto)

When: Tuesday, July 26th 2022, 6pm-8pm

Cost: This is a free community event

Register for the event at this link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-families-investment-club-barbershop-discussion-series-tickets-379319854897

About Alterna Savings

Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited – the Good in Banking for over 110 years!

Alterna is the third-largest credit union in Ontario and one of Canada’s Top 10 Credit Unions.

Alterna Savings members enjoy:

  • Banking with one of the largest credit unions in Canada
  • Having a say as a member-owner
  • Feeling cared for by a financial institution that puts people above profits
  • Competitive rates and friendly, transparent advice
  • Convenient digital banking solutions and a bilingual Contact Centre open seven days a week
  • A network of branches across most of Ontario
  • Access to thousands of surcharge-free ATMs in North America with THE EXCHANGE Network in Canada and the Allpoint Network in the US
  • A dedicated team of Commercial Service and Community Business Banking professionals that can help you reach your business goals;
  • An industry-leading online brokerage and investment management services with Alterna Wealth;
  • Watching communities grow through Alterna’s volunteer work, mentoring, innovative financing and support for local interests and sports;
  • The strength and security of a resilient financial institution.

To find out more about Alterna Savings, check out their link

https://www.alterna.ca/AboutUs/

BitBuy and Black Daddies Club, collaborates to present: Black Families Investment Club Barbershop discussion series

Bitbuy and The Black Daddies Club co-presents Black Families Investment Club series,will be a quarterly barbershop series, and the first of four discussions will take place on Tuesday, July 26 th from 6pm-8pm. This will be an in-person event.

This barbershop session will be a conversation with Black and racialized families around what strategies are we using to keep a float amidst challenges around food and housing inflation, job loss and other things impacting Torontonians.

Supporting Black families is the 2022 theme for the Black Daddies Club (BDC), and one of the areas that BDC is focusing on this year is on economic betterment for Black families in Toronto through collaborations with various community stakeholders such as Bitbuy.

Unemployment was one of the areas that Black fathers in Toronto mentioned was a barrier for them in the 2013 research project called Gathering Our Voices: The Lived Experience of Black Fathers in Toronto that was led by University of Toronto (OISE) , York University, The Black Daddies Club and Funded by the City of Toronto. The COVID-19 pandemic also shown to impact Black families in Toronto at a disproportionate higher rate in both contracting COVID-19 and Job loss, as stated by the \Canadian Government and Black Health Alliance Black and racialized Canadians has experienced “Higher representation in lower paying jobs and disproportionate rates of job loss”.

About Bitbuy

Bitbuy was designed for both new traders seeking a simple interface and for advanced traders who know their way around the crypto world. Their mission is to provide fellow Canadians convenient, dependable, and secure access to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. find out more about Bitbuy at this link.

Register for this free event

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-families-investment-club-barbershop-discussion-series-tickets-379319854897

Black Daddies Club collaborates with Justice Fund to bring Black Parents and their Children to Scarborough Shooting Stars Basketball game

In keeping with the theme of co-creating positive memories for Black families for 2022, the Black Daddies Club (BDC) will be taking a group of Black parents and their children to watch a game with the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League in action. These tickets have been graciously provided to BDC by Justice Fund, who have been fantastic work in the community creating opportunities for Black and racialized families in the city of Toronto.

If you are a Black parent living in Toronto and is interested in taking your children to watch the Scarborough Shooting Stars basketball team in action at no cost. Please contact info@theblackdaddiesclub.com, no later than Sunday, June 19th 2022 at 11pm, in your email please write in the Subject line (Scarborough Shooting Starts), in the body of the email indicate how many adults and how many children, limit of 5 tickets per family, as we want to ensure we are able to engage multiple Black families with this opportunity. 

Event information

Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre 

Address: 875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, ON M1C 0C7

Teams: Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers

* All cost related to food, parking and transportation to and from the game is the responsibility of the families that attends.

Sunday Dinners: Online Gathering for Black Men on Zoom: March 2022 edition

What is Sunday Dinner

Black Daddies Club co-presents Sunday Dinners is an online conversation series, that is held once a month on Sundays, from 5pm to 8pm (eastern time) and will take place on the zoom platform. The idea behind the virtual series is the intersections of food, conversations, and healing. The importance of gathering as Black people for Sunday Dinners resonates with many African and Black people from across the diaspora. The purpose of the Sunday Dinner gatherings is for Black men to have cross border conversations with other Black men from various entry points to explore our similarities and differences as Black men. Using large rooms and breakout rooms on the zoom platform we will have conversations about strategies and learnings for Black men navigating Anti-Black racism in the territories that they live. This online conversation series is for Black men who identify as cis-gendered, heterosexual, trans-men, gay, bi-sexual, mixed race, living with a disability or non-binary Black men; as long as you identify as a Black man the Sunday Dinner space is for you.

When: Sunday, March 27th 2022, 5pm – 8pm (eastern time zone)

Where: Online on Zoom

Register for Free at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-dinners-online-gatherings-for-black-men-tickets-308299200207

Co-parenting Life And Your Parenting Right Access

About this Event

Power imbalance is a concern we might feel in our relationship. That our gender or financial circumstances has impacted our parental right.

Join us as we discuss two individual’s point of view who have had to venture in single parenting, co-parenting and finding that balance in their relationship.

If you feel that your right as a parent has been taken away and you have not had the opportunity to have equal parenting time or unable to be part of your child decision makings this workshop will help you find your rights and see others who have struggled just like you.

Topic:  Coparenting Life And Your Parenting Right Access
When:  Tuesday, Feburary 25 at 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM EDT
Where: Online Zoom Event

About Your Speakers:

Brandon Hay is the founder of the Black Daddies Club and consultant which brings over 15 years of experience working in Canada and internationally with a background in strong mobilizing, leadership and facilitation skills. Brandon has been recognized for his work in the community by winning the African Canadian Achievement awards of Excellence (ACAA) for parenting in 2011 and the Black Business & Professional association (BBPA)- Distinguished Man of Honor Award in 2010.

Rose Morsh is the founder of InventiveMinds Child, Youth and Family Support Centre a not-for-profit organization, which is licensed under the Ministry of Education and OAFM (In process).

Inventiveminds provides Family Law Mediation Services, Private Inspired Montessori School, Early Years Childcare (Montessori), Parent and Youth Support therapy, community services for new moms. Parenting courses related to children Aid Services and Mediation, Separation, and Divorce.

Adam B. Staviss has worked with thousands of students around the world to guide them on a journey of self-discovery and personal development through music. While teaching students to master an instrument, Adam incorporates his unique methods to encourage early childhood development and improve communication, stress management, relationships and family dynamics. Through his professional development training and assessment, he helps adolescents, teens and young adults with growth and development planning and goal setting.

Through his one-on-one and family seminars, he guides participants in developing skills and strategies useful in the various scenarios and challenges life can bring with a positive outlook.

Register at the link below

https://inventivekidz.com/classes/coparenting-life-and-your-parenting-right-access

Sunday Dinners February 2022: How Has Fear impacted you as Black men?

As a Black man at the age of 42, recently I have been thinking about the ways fear has shown up in my life and sometimes how these fears keep me from the type of connection that I yearn, whether the connection is with other Black men in authentic friendships, connection with women in platonic and or romantic relationships, but most importantly asking the question how does these fears keep me from truly connecting with myself in ways that offer true growth and moving me away from stagnation.

This month of February Sunday Dinner will be looking at the fear that Black men experience and what are the impacts of these fears. It was suggested by another Black father that we use the Kendrick Lamar, song Fear, in which Kendrick raps about the fears he felt at various ages in his life and I have decided to use this topic of fear between the ages 7, 17, 27 and 37 as the theme for this upcoming Sunday Dinner, taking place on Sunday, February, 27th 2022 from 5pm to 8pm (Est.)

Register at the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-daddies-club-presents-sunday-dinners-online-gatherings-for-black-men-tickets-268100504827

What is Sunday Dinner

Black Daddies Club co-presents Sunday Dinners is an online conversation series, that is held once a month on Sundays, from 5pm to 8pm (eastern time) and will take place on the zoom platform. The idea behind the virtual series is the intersections of food, conversations, and healing. The importance of gathering as Black people for Sunday Dinners resonates with many African and Black people from across the diaspora. The purpose of the Sunday Dinner gatherings is for Black men to have cross border conversations with other Black men from various entry points to explore our similarities and differences as Black men. Using large rooms and breakout rooms on the zoom platform we will have conversations about strategies and learnings for Black men navigating Anti-Black racism in the territories that they live. This online conversation series is for Black men who identify as cis-gendered, heterosexual, trans-men, gay, bi-sexual, mixed race, living with a disability or non-binary Black men; as long as you identify as a Black man the Sunday Dinner space is for you.