Power of One 2017 Thank You

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE POWER OF ONE A SUCCESS!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE POWER OF ONE A SUCCESS!

THU APR 6, 2017 AT PAINTBOX BISTRO

On behalf of For Youth Initiative (FYI), we are happy to announce that the 2017 Power of One was another success. The event raised over $23,000 and will go a long way in supporting its programs and services.

The event was generously hosted and catered again by Paintbox Bistro and featured a live DJ, a silent auction with great items and a photo booth with fun props. This year, we were honoured to have Tashauna Reid, Breaking News Reporter for CBC News: Morning Live, join us and host the event again. She dazzled us with her charms, stories and great sense of humor once more. The formal program included a fantastic lineup. First, For Youth Initiative’s Board Chair, Doug Brooks, provided us with some highlights about For Youth Initiative’s programs and services. Then, FYI staff enlightened guests about its four main program streams: R.I.S.E., Youth Ambassadors, Youth in Transition and Youth Incubator. We also heard directly from youth program participants about what makes FYI special to them and what successes they have achieved by being involved with the activities it offers: Abdully Jalloh offered a humour-filled and tear-provoking story of his journey with FYI and how they supported him to secure employment; Donnique Reeves, a daily participant since 2013, impressed guests with the her success story – this year, she has been accepted to 7 post-secondary schools and attributes FYI’s involvement in this achievement; and lastly, Riley Peterson, who started the grassroots youth-led initiative called G.I.R.L.S (Growth, Inspiration, Respect, Leadership through FYI’s Agency Mentorship Program, showed us how FYI’s programs not only provide opportunities for youth, but also empower youth to lead change – last year, Riley won the Leading Girls Building Communities Award. The night also included some impressive, high-level performances from FYI studio participants: Christopher Gayle, Cadesha Williams and Miguel Amaral. Lastly, we heard a few words from Michael Soos, Engagement Manager at Recruiting Social, who was this year’s event gold Sponsor.

For Youth Initiative sends a big thank you to the following valued supporters:

Gold Sponsor: 

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Silver Sponsor:

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FYI Board and Committee Members: Thank you to the ongoing support from For Youth Initiative’s board of directors. Special thanks to the External Relations Committee: Andrew, Kelly, Meghan, Tamer, and Jonathan.

Service Donors: Thank you to Gee Soropia for donating DJ services and Navaneeth Panikan from NMP Photography for donating photography services. 

Silent Auction Donors: CN Tower, Ontario Science Centre, Saeed Ally, Manar El Mugammar, Chantelle Grant, Stockyards Bulk Barn, Shine Chung, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Carol Tam, The Second City, and Shaneeza Nazseer Ally.

Event Donors: Karin Jorritsma, Shireen Rohatgi, Sara Gaudon, Anna Kostecka, Penny Deeth, and Fraser Deacon.

The event ran smoothly thanks to the FYI Event Team!

And, finally, a big thank you goes to our guests who joined us at this year’s Power of One!