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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.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), collaborates with the Black Daddies Club for Family Day

Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled, 7 Women, 2019. Unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil, spray paint on museum board, 101.6 x 127 cm. The Hott Collection, New York © Paul Anthony Smith. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Family Day with the Black Daddies Club is a collaborative initiative with the AGO to ensure that Black Families are able to spend time together in an interactive way, even during the pandemic.

The Black Daddies Club and the AGO would like to invite you to a moment to celebrate Black Families. We welcome families that self-identify as Black, Black families from the diaspora, families from the Caribbean, families who are allies and families who want to learn more about art and culture. The AGO is closed as per provincial health guidelines, but we would like to share the exhibition, Fragments of Epic Memory which invites visitors to experience the multiple ways of encountering the Caribbean and its diaspora, from the period following emancipation through today.

Hosted by Brandon Hay, MES (founder of Black Daddies Club) and Audrey Hudson, PhD (Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Education and Programming). For this event, we invited Curator, Julie Crooks, to do a talk on the big ideas, art works and artists in the exhibition and we will also have Art Educators conduct a mini-art tour and making lesson geared towards families. As a thank you for participating, we would like to mail you a care package of art supplies to use in the session. Please include your mailing address in the zoom registration form by February 1, 2022 so we can ensure the packages get to your family on time. Limited quantity of 100.

Please see link to register here.

We hope you will join us!

Regards

Brandon Hay,

BDC Recommends this event series: Carleton University Black Mental Health Awareness Month Series (Jan 20th- Jan 31st, 2022)

Black Mental Health Month

In many Black communities, mental health is stigmatized, and talking about your mental health issues can have social consequences. The ACMP aims to provide ACB youth with the tools and safe opportunity to successfully talk about mental health issues in the open. To ensure that this discussion is trauma-informed and attentive to stigma, the ACMP will engage with a range of experts from the mental health field, covering the most common and most harmful mental health issues that ACB youth face.
In January 2022, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP), partnered with the Royal Bank of Canada will host four events to address some of the major issues that the ACB community faces. Prizes will be given away at each event!

Let’s Talk: Anxiety and Depression: January 20 at 6pm

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues. Everyone can sometimes feel anxious or depressed and may need support or skills to cope as best as possible. For many of us, anxiety and depression can have a profound effect on our lives depending on our own lived experiences. Our goal is to explain what each of these conditions entails, how to recognize them, share strategies to mitigate and cope, and how to support people who live with anxiety and depression.

Changing The Narrative: How do Black people cope with the new “Normal?”: January 22 at 6pm

The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP), partnered with the Royal Bank of Canada, invites all community members to a FREE showcasing of the film “Home,” directed by Oliver Jono.  The film is a story of an African American man dealing with mental health concerns that limit his ability to assert himself in mainstream society. “Home” showcases the main character’s plight to transition from living in a group home to suitable and independent living. Although the movie is not directly tied to the COVID pandemic, we showcase this film to encourage critical thinking and meaningful conversations about mental health concerns in the Black community.

Panel Discussion: Locating the (A)ccess for African descent people in addressing their MENTAL HEALTH concerns-January 26 at 6pm

This bilingual event will host African descent Therapists/Psychologists through an online panel discussion.

The event focuses on providing ACB community members and the broader community with the opportunity to talk about mental health issues openly and safely with mental health professionals. By creating a safe space for ACB people and folks from different ethnic backgrounds to connect with experts in the field, we strive to empower people by granting them access to tools and resources that allow them to seek help but know how to (a)ccess help. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness about the wide spectrum of mental health issues that affect the ACB community and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illness. This can include promoting positive behaviours that encourage people to seek help and inspire others to consider their emotional well-being.


Self Care: Supporting Your Own Mental Health-January 31 at 6pm

This event is intended to provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from our invited mental health professionals.  The ACMP is focused on providing ACB youth with the opportunity to talk about mental health issues openly and safely with mental health professionals. By creating a safe space for ACB students to connect with experts in the field, we hope to empower students by granting them access to tools and resources that allow them to seek help. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness about the wide spectrum of mental health issues that affect the ACB community and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illness. This can include promoting positive behaviours that encourage people to seek help and inspiring others to give more consideration to their own emotional well-being. 

Register at the link below

Black Daddies Club focuses on programming for Black Families in 2022

Happy new year, sending you love and positive vibration throughout 2022.

We are a few weeks into the year 2022, and for me personally the year has sort of carried over some 2021 hangover and it has impacted my mental and physical health and I am not the only one. In Toronto, Canada, lockdowns and going in and out of them, it has taken away the ability to spend time with our loved ones outdoors and in some cases COVID has also taken away our ability to spend time with some of our loved ones indoors.

For over 2 years in Toronto, the pandemic has impacted how we are able to take care of our physical and mental health by the restrictions of being able to go to gyms, it has closed businesses and impacted people’s employment who are taking care of their families. We have seen how our mental health have been impacted by restrictions on our families not being able to travel, limiting how our families are able to spend time together over the holidays, prohibits our children from taking part in organized sports activity in their schools for the past 2.5 years, all of these things have taken a toll on our well-being.

The pandemic has caused tension within families, turning those family members who are for vaccinated against those family members who are not vaccinated, this is further complicated for Black families who are also navigating anti-Black racism outside in the world.

For families who are going through separation or divorce, the pandemic has created more barriers for civility between parents. One of which is how the pandemic has been used as a way to limit some fathers or even some mothers’ access to their children based on the fact that he or she is not vaccinated.

These are a lot of things that Black Families are dealing with that are impacting our mental health. However, we also know that in a city like Toronto and in Canada there are limited resources for Black families to seek mental health supports that are accessible and culturally relatable, which research has shown as important for Black Canadians i.e. Perspectives on Health Well-Being in Black Communities in Toronto Experiences through COVID-19 and Shining a Light on Mental Health in Black Communities

No one is coming to save us, so we need to learn how to save ourselves.”

This Black Daddies Club (BDC) post is not about your choice to be vaccinated or not being vaccinated. What this post is communicating is that BDC feels that this pandemic is a part of our current reality and there is a necessary need for us in the Black community to strategize of ways that we are able to support each other and ourselves during this time. “No one is coming to save us, so we need to learn how to save ourselves.” Was some advice a dear friend and fellow Black father told me a few weeks ago and this deeply resonated with me.

Black Daddies Club is focusing our 2022 programming efforts and collaborations on initiatives that are experiments that will look at supporting Black fathers and Black families mental health and over all well-being. We call them experiments because these are new initiatives that BDC will be doing and we do not know what the outcomes will be. We do know that there has been shift happening in the world since this pandemic began more than 2 years ago and there is a shift also is happening within this grassroots organization based in Toronto called the Black Daddies Club, we are also learning and unlearning as we do this work. As BDC goes into our 15th year doing community-based programming and community engagement/ community building with Black peoples in Toronto and globally, we know that we are growing throughout this process of this work and sometimes the process is what really matters.

Regards,

Brandon Hay

Founder, The Black Daddies Club