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Introducing Youth Engagement and Community Outreach – Canada (YECO), a distinguished non-profit organization committed to enhancing community safety and well-being by tackling the critical issue of gun violence through targeted sports initiatives, youth networking events, and captivating participatory photography art projects like PhotoVoice. Our paramount objective is to empower youth newcomers, specifically African-Black and Caribbean (ABC) youth residing in economically disadvantaged areas and other marginalized groups, to integrate into the Canadian society and achieve resounding success seamlessly.

YECO’s transformative approach centers around engaging 500-800 young individuals across Ottawa, focusing on racialized youth, underprivileged neighbourhoods, newcomer youth, and new Canadians, as recommended by experts in the field. By harnessing the power of sports, we organize exciting basketball tournaments that promote physical activity, foster camaraderie, and instill values of teamwork and respect among participants.
Additionally, YECO facilitates impactful town hall meetings, providing a platform for young minds to voice their perspectives, exchange ideas, and build influential networks within their communities. These events cultivate an environment where youth can actively contribute to shaping their surroundings, empowering them to become catalysts for positive change.

Moreover, our innovative participatory photography art projects, such as PhotoVoice, allow young individuals to artistically express their lived experiences, thereby amplifying their voices and fostering community cohesion. Through these artistic endeavors, we aim to nurture a sense of belonging, bridge social divides, and ignite conversations that drive meaningful transformation.

At YECO, we are dedicated to spearheading pioneering solutions to address societal challenges and establish a safer, more inclusive community for all. By supporting our cause, funders like yourself will contribute to the lasting impact of our initiatives, propelling the empowerment of marginalized youth and fostering a harmonious Canadian society.

Together, let us create a brighter future by investing in YECO’s visionary programs and championing the potential of our young leaders. Join us in making a profound difference in the lives of youth and the communities they call home.