The Young & Potential Fathers Initiative addresses the cycles of disengagement, lack of resources and lack of visible role models for young racialized fathers in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods, with a specific focus on African Canadians. The initiative will strengthen the capacity of individuals, families and the community at large to provide direct support to young fathers and their children.
In a model of a home away from home, Ujima House is a child friendly space where young fathers can learn and bond with their children. Ujima house was designed to reflect the comfort and sensibilities needed to create an environment conducive to young men feeling at ease.
Moreover YPF has created a space where Young & Potential Fathers can receive mentorship, support and be engaged in dialogues about issues relevant to them as fathers, racialized youth, and to receive life skills supports for them and their children.
The space was named Ujima House using Ujima a Kwanzaa principle that means Collective Work & Responsibility (To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.) We believe that as a community we must work collectively to adress the systemic barriers that face our our brothers’ and sisters’ more specifically our young fathers and young children.
community space includes:
A community board room
A barbers corner
A small community room
A parents and child play are with toys, games, arts and crafts supplies
Computers resources stations
Community Kitchen for nutritious cooking
Lounge space for discussions
is located at
1901 Weston Rd unit 18.
(The corner of Weston Rd & Lawrence Ave.)