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GTA Faith Alliance
GTA Faith Alliance
Supporting youth, families and communities of all faiths and ethnicities.
     

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a) Our History

Community Services for Preventing Youth Violence

The GTA Faith Alliance was established, as a result of the escalating violence in the city. Rev. Don Meredith organized 25 faith and community leaders in the GTA to meet with Toronto Police Chief and his staff. The discussion focused on the escalation of youth violence in the city and how faith leaders can assist with its eradication. The aim is to build stronger relationships with the police and the community, while finding programs that can help our young people.

Alliance members participated in a number of roundtable discussions and attended a variety of youth crime-prevention seminars and conferences to showcase our programs and contribution to the community.

The Alliance and the Toronto Police Services held a joint press conference at Police Headquarters denouncing youth violence, while calling for gangs to put down their weapons. The overwhelming media coverage demonstrated to the community that faith leaders are not willing to stand on the sidelines and watch their children die. We are prepared to combat youth violence in our neighbourhoods, anywhere in the GTA.

Community Initiatives Against Youth Violence

Participating in and creating various initiatives to promote its mandate, the GTA Faith Alliance engaged in many endeavours to make a difference in our community. They include:

  • March against violence- drawing a crowd of over 300-400 people, folks marched, sang and prayed in the streets of the Rexdale & Malvern communities.
  • Prayer breakfast to help our youths - with over 200 faith leaders present, members of the Toronto Police force and government leaders.
  • Motivational presentations‚ designed to help the community overcome obstacles of youth violence.
  • Press conferences across the city standing against violence.
  • CFRB Town Hall Meetings‚ focusing on the causes, identifying the problems and learning how to deal with the serious issue of youth violence and crime.
  • Radio Interviews, 680 News, CFRB 1010, CBC Radio, AM 640.
  • Television Interviews and discussions.

The role of the GTA Faith Alliance has remained the same and will continue with your support.

An Action Plan for Youth Violence and Community Issues

Members of the Alliance continue to bring faith leaders together to discuss the challenges facing our communities as it relates to policing, violence and the breakdown of the family unit.

While facilitating the discussions, we have developed an action plan designed to address these issues.

GTA Faith Alliance Co-Founder and Executive Director, Rev. Don Meredith, has graciously accepted the lead role in bringing the concerns of our community to the Toronto Police by acting as the communication link between the respective church groups and the community at large.


b) Vision & Mandate

MISSION STATEMENT

To empower youth by implementing programs and activities designed to create positive educational and employment opportunities for success.

MANDATE

Members of the GTA Faith Alliance believe our support of Faith-based grassroots organizations is a necessary and vital means of repairing the social fabric. This can in turn restore the economic vitality in urban neighbourhoods where youth crime and violence has drastically escalated.

We endeavour to empower through education, by implementing programs and activities designed to deter at risk youths from embarking on a life of crime.

These activities will include:

  • Alternative Schools
  • Computer Training Centres
  • Culinary Programs
  • Conflict Resolution Classes
  • Teen summits
  • Parenting skills training
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Behaviour Monitoring
  • Resume writing, interview skills, job training and placement services
  • Recreation Programs
  • Financial Planning

The GTA Faith Alliance is also a public awareness and education vehicle to motivate the community to support, promote and participate in crime prevention programs and activities.

This includes:

  • Crime prevention campaigns
  • Meetings with law enforcement
  • Community Watch task forces
  • Community/Faith/school activities
  • Co-sponsorship and exhibition at various conferences on preventing crime in the community.

The role of the GTA Alliance has remained the same and will continue with your support.

Members of The Alliance continue to bring faith leaders together to discuss the challenges facing our communities as it relates to policing, violence, at-risk youth and the breakdown of the family unit. While facilitating the discussions, we have developed an action plan designed to address these issues as a faith community.

GTA Faith Alliance Co-Founders, Don Meredith, Keith Morrison and Bonnie Irwin have graciously taken the lead role in bringing the concerns of the community to the Toronto Police; acting as the communication link between the respective Faith groups and the community at large.

c) Senator's Message

d) Board of Directors

e) Our Supporters

Partners in Community Building & Youth Programs

GTA Faith Alliance could not have accomplished so much without our supporters! There are people who saw the need for the Center and they have been on board with us to see this venture continually grow in its potential.

Special thanks to:

  • NEW AGENCY DEVELOPMENT FUND

  • US CONSULATE

  • ENBRIDGE GAS

  • BIG TECH INC.

  • STAPLES

  • YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

  • PANERA BREAD

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS

  • STEPS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

  • GOODWILL

  • YORK REGION POLICE

  • CANADIAN PACIFIC

Let’s work together to build our youth and enable them to be the best they can be!
 

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