Youth Empowerment.

Program Description
The AHA Youth Empowerment Program is centered around youth mentorship. We want to inspire and motivate our younger members by providing an environment for leadership development through opportunities to network and connect with passionate mentors (leaders/teachers) in the community. The program also provides an avenue for our youth to express themselves in creative ways. The program is volunteer-based, and is governed by a group of passionate, caring and inspiring individuals who have an innate desire to help younger members grow and develop in productive ways. We welcome all youth interested in participating, regardless of age and ethnicity.

The Michaëlle Jean Sudbury Afro-Canadian Heritage Fund

This fund was launched Sept. 21, 2007 at the end of the commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Act of Abolition of the British Slave Trade -1807 to 2007- event in Sudbury.  The award will be presented to young people of Afro-Canadian heritage/descent who are attending high-school and are working hard, motivated and planning to pursue post secondary education.  There will be two awards presented each year. 

Eligibility Criteria:
Nominees for the student award must be senior secondary students planning to enter a post secondary institution on a full time basis, and must be between the ages of 16-25 years.  Applicants must have demonstrated diligence, consistency in their academic career, and contributed to their school-life/community.  Applicants are expected to obtain references from their school teachers/principal and community members/leaders.


How is the Award presented?
A special ceremony will be held yearly to present the Award. Recipients will receive a personalized certificate. The Award, up to $2,000, will be forwarded directly to the post-secondary institution for the recipients’ respective use.

More information about the fund is available through the association.
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Our Dance Program: 

We invite you to our weekly dance sessions held at the YMCA Sudbury starting April 8, 2022. Sessions will be held from 7:15pm to 9pm. Participants can expect a combination of choreographed and freestyle dance sessions. Our instructors will lead and provide step by step instructions for our participants during choreographed sessions. Sessions will include a variety of dance genres including afrobeats, dancehall, reggae, contemporary, hip hop, pop, among others. We will also incorporate interactive activities during the sessions, for example, freestyle competitions and team battles. Above all else, expect to have LOTS OF FUN!