P.I.L.O.T Mentorship Series
Passion Inspires Leaders of Tomorrow
The acronym P.I.L.O.T stands for Passion Inspires Leaders of Tomorrow.
PowerFIlled Youth PILOT talks mentorship series is intended to allow black children and youth to gain knowledge and inspiration from black leaders and professionals within their communities and society. Impactful mentor-ship is unquestionably valuable and often influences the future choices and way in which our children and youth see their worth and limitless potential.
Why this programs exists:
Positive black representation is an integral step in the struggle against anti-black bias as it relates to the healthy development of children and youth.
Historically black people have been portrayed as athletes, gangsters, entertainers, welfare mothers, servants, drug dealers, scammers, video vixens, divas, deadbeat dads, etc. Based on these stereotypes, our behaviors are portrayed as violent, lazy, animalistic, sexual, opportunistic, and angry which is hugely problematic and disparaging to people of colour.
Our goal with this program is to break this pattern by exposing youth to black leaders and professionals.
Previous P.I.L.O.T Talks
Dina Roudman is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She is a lover of film, music, architecture and design and loves all forms of art. Dina shared how she's continually overcame her fears, faced her limitations, and then boldly leapt into the unknown. She encouraged the team to ask questions and push boundaries when needed to reach their goals and aspirations. She then led great interactive photography workshop with the team using disposable cameras. so much fun! Thanks Dina! We appreciate you <3
Guest Speaker: Shawn Allen
Shawn Allen is a mortgage industry leader and CEO of one of the top 500 fastest-growing businesses, Matrix Mortgages. Shawn was born and raised in the Scarborough area and spoke to the youth about his personal life experiences and road to success. His down-to-earth, realistic approach resonated well with the team. He also led an in-depth discussion with the team about money, what it is, what it's worth, and why it's important. Thanks Shawn 🙂 we appreciate you!
Guest Speaker: Natalie Comrie
Natalie Comrie, CEO and founder of Ask Donna Marie, came in to speak to the team about not holding on to negative names and the things people say to you but rather focusing on reaffirming positive "I am" statements. Natalie has been providing therapeutic counseling services to children, teens, adults, and families with an emphasis on self-esteem and self-care for over 15 years. Thanks Natalie 🙂 We appreciate you!
Guest Speaker: Andree Nicole
Andree is a passionate educator, certified motivational speaker, and author of 4 Inspirational books. She holds an Honours Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Education, as well as a Masters in Education specializing in the area of Curriculum Social Justice and Cultural Studies. She's currently running for School Board Trustee in Ward 19 in the upcoming elections and is committed to educating, elevating, and empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders of excellence. Thanks Andree 🙂 We appreciate you.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kisha Mcpherson
Dr. Kisha Mcpherson works full-time as a college professor with an academic concentration on media, equity, and social justice education and is a director and co-founder of the power to be international. She has a passion for working towards the development of youth through non-traditional civic engagement as well as equity-based education and leadership initiatives. She's an advocate for youth and women's rights and wealth of knowledge of issues around inclusion and diversity. Thanks kisha 🙂 we appreciate you.
Guest Speaker: Tasha Rozez
In addition to receiving the first-ever female Sound Clash Champion trophy (2002), Tasha is Wun Magazine's 2010 selector of the year, three-time Toronto Marc Ecko female DJ of the year, stylus award nominee, and one of the most traveled and sought-after DJs out of Canada. She spoke to the youth about breaking barriers and her experiences of overcoming challenges that come with succeeding in a male-dominated industry. Thanks Tasha 🙂 we appreciate you!
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