January 31, 2006- Toronto Community Housing Corporation,
Community Housing Unit 18 (CHU18) presented Friends of YPEC
(Young Peoples Experience for Change) to youths of the Firgrove
area in the Jane and Finch community. The social conscious youth
group facilitated dramatic performances and discussion on human
rights issues in Ghana. As part of Toronto Community Housing and
UNICEF Canada’s youth engagement activities, a number of
students from Westview Centennial Secondary School traveled to
Ghana to learn human rights issues facing many Ghanaians by a
youth group in the region, YPEC (Young Peoples Experience for
Change). The Toronto and Ghanaian group participated in
discussion and exchanged their views on important social issues
that exist in their communities, including racism, gender and
Fundamentally, both groups face similar challenges as a
result of social myths about where they live.
The group includes youth ages eighteen and nineteen in Toronto
Community Housing, and students enrolled in Regent Park’s
Pathways to Education and Jane and Finch’s Westview Centennial
Secondary School. In a recent remarkable trip to Ghana, the
students engaged in human rights workshops facilitated by local
youth group Young Peoples Experience for Change (YPEC) as part
of UNICEF Canada’s Popular Education Project of 2005-2006. The
presentation to Firgrove youths was taken place on Wednesday,
January 25, at 6:30pm., at the Firgrove Recreation Centre.
The organizer of this event was Tiffany Amanda Ford, a tenant
representative for Firgrove and York University student.
Friends of YPEC was presented in association with, Toronto
Community Housing Corporation (CHU 18), Pathways to Education,
Westview Centennial Secondary School and UNICEF Canada.
Media Contact: Tiffany Amanda Ford -