United Way of Peel Region and partners release research on well being of Black youth in Peel

BRAMPTON (May 4, 2015) – United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council, in collaboration with the Social Planning Council of Peel, the Black Community Action Network and the F.A.C.E.S. Collaborative launched the 2015 F.A.C.E.S. report in Brampton today.

The F.A.C.E.S. report - Facilitating Access, Change and Equity in Systems – examines the social well-being of Black youth in Peel Region and the supports needed to ensure the opportunity to thrive. The research presented is a compilation of demographic and socio-economic data as well as key interviews with service providers and Black youth themselves.

Key findings among others:

  • There are 116,225 Black persons living in Peel Region - between 2001 and 2011, the Black community grew by 64%
  • Children and youth make up 44 % of this population
  • The unemployment rate for Black youth in the GTA is 30% - 10% higher than the general youth unemployment rate
  • “Blacks earn, on average, 76 cents for every dollar a White worker earns” (Block and Galabuzi, 2011)
  • Qualitative findings indicate that many Black youth in Peel feel unwanted, devalued and socially isolated.

“The findings tell us many things – including that there is a shortage of culturally appropriate programs and services needed to support Black youth in Peel,” said Sharon Douglas, United Way Peel Region’s Director of Community Investment and staff lead to the Black Community Advisory Council. “The exclusion of racialized youth has significant implications today and tomorrow. One person not included in Peel, is one person too many.”

“We use research to identify community needs and work together to meet those needs. United Way’s key role is to bring together leaders from all sectors and residents to build collective responses to the root causes of poverty,” said Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region, “Barriers to social inclusion and racism continue to play a significant role in the cycle of poverty. The release of this report is the beginning of many conversations with partners to continue to build sustainable solutions.”

Launched in February 2010, the Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) was formed to inform the development of strategies addressing key issues affecting Peel’s Black community. The BCAC serves to give voice to the needs and challenges faced by the Black community. Members come from all walks of life including business, health, education and social services.

The F.A.C.E.S Report was launched at Brampton’s Community Door, by members of the collaborative group, including:

  • Peter Amponsah, Peel Children’s Aid Society and F.A.C.E.S. Collaborative Member
  • Sophia Brown-Ramsay, Program Manager, Black Community Action Network
  • Len Carby, Chair, United Way of Peel Region Black Community Advisory Council
  • Sharon Douglas, Director, Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region
  • Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Member, F.A.C.E.S. Collaborative
  • Dr. Carl James, Professor, York University
  • Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region

Funding for the F.A.C.E.S. report was provided by the Region of Peel and sponsored by the Social Planning Council of Peel.

For a copy of the full report, visit www.unitedwaypeel.org/faces

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region serves the communities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through its Community Fund, United Way invests in services, programs and initiatives that develop resilient people, grow strong families, and build vibrant neighbourhoods and communities. The mission of United Way of Peel Region is to engage with our community, through partnerships, to ensure people are cared for, connected and included.

Media contacts:

Carol Kotacka | United Way of Peel Region | Cell: 416-420-9975 | ckotacka@unitedwaypeel.org | @unitedwaypeel