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  Community Greeting

Dear METRAC community,

We at METRAC have exciting things to share as the hot Summer months are coming to a close.

  • We are thrilled to announce the official launch of two new Family Law-related videos in ASL, happening Thursday September 22, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto. These videos are part of the Family Law Education for Women’s (FLEW) campaign goals to increase access to legal information for women from diverse backgrounds.
  • We are still recruiting team members for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon taking place on October 16, 2016, and this year, we are partnering with Springtide Resources! Join us as we raise funds to benefit all who face gender-based violence.
  • We have set the date for our Annual General Meeting: October 27, 2016! Please save the date, and consider becoming a Board member. Consult the call-out details here, and apply here!

We hope to see you at these events, and, as always, do not hesitate to reach out for more information.

Best wishes,

The METRAC Team


   METRAC News


METRAC student workers reflect on their Summer spent in GTA communities


This Summer, METRAC had the incredible privilege of working with 17 student leaders. ReAct’s Youth Program Coordinator, Shequita Thompson, developed an employment program that enabled students to learn from and share their knowledge and experiences with 4 community organizations and projects across the Greater Toronto Area. We worked in partnership with organizations such as Black Creek Community Health Centre, Woodgreen Employment Services, Central Neighbourhood house and South Asian Women Centre. Wendy De Souza (Peer Youth Facilitator) and Linda Frempong (METRAC’s Safety Coordinator) assisted the program by supporting students and developing the training curriculum.

Students learned skills such as outreach, community development, asset mapping, budgeting and organizational skills, while making connections with the need to reduce violence for marginalized youth who have limited access to services and supports in Toronto’s most underserved communities. The summer students came from East, West and Central Toronto with a focus on learning more about mental health, violence against women and youth, youth development and employment through their placements with our community partners. METRAC extends its deepest gratitude to these inspiring students, who reminded us about the resiliency of the young people we work with across our communities. Despite the barriers that the students faced daily, they thrived and challenged their understandings of the world and how it relates to their work. They were an absolute pleasure to work with over the summer as they all brought their talents, brilliance and passion to the work that they were tasked with. We here at METRAC thank them for their hard work and service to their community.

METRAC also extends its deepest gratitude to our community partners who played a critical role in providing meaningful employment and skill-building opportunities for youth, in a variety of sectors and fields. 

The Board and staff of METRAC express our deepest thanks to Employment and Social Development Canada, for its generous financial support to facilitate meaningful employment and skill building opportunities for youth of Toronto. 


   Community News


New school year: The Canadian Federation of Students is launching new Consent is Mandatory materials on campuses across the country

As university and college campuses are starting to fill up with students following the Summer break, it bears repeating that 4 out of 5 women-identified undergraduates on Canadian campuses are victims of violence in dating relationships and that many on-campus sexual assaults occur during the first eight weeks of classes.

Students, united through the Canadian Federation of Students, will be taking campuses by storm with new Consent is Mandatory materials and resources to educate, raise awareness and do prevention work on this issue. They will distribute the Campus Toolkit to Create Consent Culture on Campus, which features METRAC’s Safety Audit checklist!

Learn more about the Canadian Federation of Students’ campaign to prevent gender-based violence by visiting nomeansno.ca.