YAAACE has partnered with the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association of Canada (APMA) to deliver the Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Program, funded through the   Skills Development Fund (Ministry of Labor).  The APMA’s EDI Fund will construct pathways for historically under-represented groups such as youth, women, persons with a disability and racialized communities. The EDI Fund will support employers and community partners in their efforts to access, train and retain meaningful employment for new hires.

The EDI Fund will support 800 participants, with up to $8,000 allocated to each participant (wage subsidies, travel/commuting expenses, health and safety PPE, pre-screening candidates, mentorship and mental health services, skills upgrading, and retention and advancement). Participants will have a 3- 6 month placement resulting in on-the-job experience, upskilling and career development.

This project will target and benefit ethnic minority communities in Southern Ontario, such as youth, specifically those in marginalized communities, women, new Canadians, Indigenous communities and other visible minorities and their intersections. Ontario’s automotive sector has an extensive network of Tier1s and OMEs across urban and rural communities. Participating companies will be working with historically underrepresented groups in the automotive sector including youth, women, Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

The automotive sector represents 35% percent of all provincial exports and employ over 100,000 people, however there is an impending labour shortage because of the aging work force but exacerbated the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, by next year, 75% of businesses expect to face shortages in skilled production workers and 38% in labour.

The Canadian automotive sector employs 120,000 people and is the largest single contributor to this country’s manufacturing GDP. It is a great example of Canadian innovation and strength in a globally competitive market and represents $85 billion of annual activity in Canada. APMA is Canada’s national association representing OEM producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services for the worldwide automotive industry. Founded 65 years ago, its members account for 90% of independent parts production in Canada. In 2016, automotive parts shipments were over $32 Billion and the industry employment level was over 96,000 people in parts alone.

The APMA will work with YAAACE and  employment service providers, community organizations and non-profits while coordinating with our 300+ members to promote the program and attract new workers. As an applicant is completed and accepted and a pre-defined term is met, funds can be released to the employers to assist in the support of onboarding, training and upskilling employees. The program will be committed to monitoring the effectiveness of achieving desired goals through qualitative and quantitative key performance indicators that will evaluate the effectiveness of client’s workforce development.

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The Corporate Civic Engagement and Corporate Capital Strategy seeks to partner with Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 corporations to introduce children and youth from marginalized and under-resourced communities to the varying dynamics of Corporate Canada. 


The YAAACE (CSI) Community School Initiative / (SEP) Supplemental Education Program  is predicated on the overwhelming need to edify and build the capacity of Black youth in North West Toronto (Humber River- Black Creek constituency, the Jane and Finch community) and eventually create an evidenced based model that can be replicated nationally across Canada as an alternative to educational attainment models for Black and marginalized communities. 

The TDSB Research and Information Services Department has provided us with astonishing data that speaks to the attrition rate of Black boys in particular those from poor and racialized communities in the North West Quadrants of the city of Toronto. The Humber Blackcreek, York South Weston and Jane and Finch Communities have some of the lowest achieving schools in the province of Ontario as per the Fraser Report and the TDSB Learning Opportunity Index.  Various reports have identified that the Jane-Finch community has the highest concentration of youth gangs in Canada.  The University of Toronto and officials from the City of Toronto have developed the Youth Crime Risk Index, this tool  identifies neighborhoods with a high risk of youth gang activity. For over a decade, YAAACE’s programs and services provided educational and social infrastructure with a mandate of circumventing the academic attrition and struggles young people face navigating the conventional education system.  Under-served and marginalized Black youth in West Toronto face youth violence, polarization, gang culture in and in many instances documented symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Youth Association for Academics Athletics and Character Education (YA.A.A.C.E) recognizes the correlation between educational attainment and gang involved youth. Young people who are labeled as N.E.E.T (not engaged in education or training) are vulnerable to criminalization, incarceration and violence. “Closing gaps in educational attainment and achievement for some of the most vulnerable constituents of the communities we serve is imperative.” – Y.A.A.A.C.E

The YAAACE Institute program falls under academic intervention of our social inclusion framework. The YAAACE Institutes seeks to provide alternative academic support for students from communities who perennially fall below the provincial standard. The initiative is a proactive attempt to mitigate the levels of academic attrition in particular communities

The recent launch of the Virtual Institute provides us with an added layer of academic accountability and digital infrastructure that allows us the ability to support students in real-time, anytime, anyplace and anywhere. 

The March Break program represents YAAACE’s continued commitment to actively engage children and youth by providing them with a rich educational and social experience.  

The Summer Institute program represents YAAACE’s continued commitment to actively engage children and youth by providing them with a rich educational and social experience. 


Y.A.A.A.C.E’s mandate is to provide quality, affordable and accessible programming for children and youth. Through our grassroots developmental program – Small Ball D League, we have designed a robust basketball strategy with the aim of growing the game across the city and providing accessible programming to all.

Over the years, YAAACE’s contribution has leveraged many children and youth with first class programming and amazing opportunities. YAAACE’s athletic programming has allowed children and youth opportunities that they would not normally have access to. YAAACE relishes the opportunity to deliver affordable quality programming accessible to all.

The Health & Wellness is a national initiative to provide a health and wellness infrastructure across Canada.  It seeks to engage children and youth and their families from all communities, particularly those from marginalized, racialized and under-resourced communities in quality…

Project 42 is a program that seeks to make structured baseball accessible to children and youth, in particular those from marginalized and under-resourced communities. Since our inception in 2007, Y.A.A.A.C.E  has pride itself on having children and youth access sports, recreation and expanded opportunities irrespective of cost. 



The Family Engagement Strategy seeks to ensure that there is an infrastructure tasked with building capacity in children and youth and providing advocacy to parents, guardians and caregivers regarding the various social service agencies: child welfare, education, etc

My Child’s Legacy is a national coalition coordinated and led by YAAACE tasked with engaging government, educational institutions, child welfare agencies, stakeholders, etc. in mitigating the disproportionately larger number of homicides of school aged children and youth.