Generation Chosen

~ Anchoring Youth From Volatile Communities ~

Mission Statement


Generation Chosen is a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the emotional intelligence of young adults, from marginalized communities. Through openly confronting mental health obstacles; dealing compassionately with harmful emotional tendencies and creating opportunities for educational matriculation, job recruitment, and recreational catharsis, we aim to holistically support the development of those most vulnerable in our society.

About



   

 Why We Do What We Do
       The primary facilitators and organizers of Generation Chosen (Joseph Smith, Dwayne Brown, Kimarie Smith, and Rhianne Campbell) all possess unique backgrounds that both inform and motivate their work today. The common thread that unites them, is their acknowledgement of the dramatic impact that psycho-social tensions and unresolved emotional issues can have on educational, vocational and life outcomes.

       This is why at Generation Chosen we take such pride in cultivating and enriching the inter/intrapersonal relationships that each of our participants have, given that the very success of their future endeavours (in their relationships and work life) is predicated upon the quality of the relationships they currently hold – both with themselves and others. In marginalized and low-income communities like the one we serve (Jane and Finch), what we believe hinders youth ages 15-19 from educational matriculation (both at the secondary and post-secondary levels), and precludes their access to tertiary and quaternary industry jobs, is not so much their willingness, capacities and acumen, but rather, the way in which institutional and systemic barriers, structures, and biases coalesce to condition our participants and condition the individuals who function as their first points of contact with mainstream society (parents, teachers, employers etc.).

       These institutional interfaces (family, school, work etc.) are often plagued with harmful power structures that favour those with privilege, and sideline those without. It is because we believe that these types of (mis)relationships suppress the psycho-social development of our participants, the inter/intrapersonal relationships they seek to establish and by extension, their life prospects, that we seek to demystify, and make less taboo, engaging in meaningful educative discussions, activities, and programming around mental health and emotional intelligence.

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Our program caters to the needs of racialized, marginalized and disenfranchised inner-city youth by focussing on 5 key areas, which we believe, fundamentally catalyze holistic human development.

Mental Health

Mental Health is the Ability to Resolve Contradictions

E.I. (Emotional Intelligence)

Experiences are Composites of Our Emotions

Education

Understanding the World Demands that we First Understand Ourselves

Jobs

The Secret to Success: Make your Vocation your Vacation

Recreation

The Therapy of Motion

Emotional Intelligence is Life and Death where I'm From


Our Anchor, Dwayne Brown, has written a fabulous article for www.conversationcanada.com regarding our work with Generation Chosen, and how it relates to the personal tragedies he has had to contend with in his life. Take A Look!  https://theconversation.com/emotional-intelligence-is-life-and-death-where-im-from-93413
Emotional Intelligence is Life and Death where I'm From

generation ruth


At Generation Chosen, to properly cater to the respective needs of our participants – and to lessen the anxiety induced by large group settings – we sometimes separate the male participants from the female participants. When we separate, the males are placed into a group called Generation Joshua; the women: Generation Ruth. An explanation of what each group represents; what they advocate and foster, can be read below.

INTEGRITY

Integrity is the ability to stay committed to what is eternal.

BOLDNESS

Boldness is a loud and powerful statement, made, internally.

VISION

Vision illuminates the world within.

generation joshua


At Generation Chosen, to properly cater to the respective needs of our participants – and to lessen the anxiety induced by large group settings – we sometimes separate the male participants from the female participants. When we separate, the males are placed into a group called Generation Joshua; the women: Generation Ruth. An explanation of what each group represents; what they advocate and foster, can be read below.

PERSPECTIVE

Perspective is the activity of self-worth.

COURAGE

Courage is taking responsibility for dealing with change and error.

HUMILITY

Humility is recognizing that everyone is in need of someone or something for their success.

Store


Tee's

Blk GenJoshua Simple Tee

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$30.00

Blk GenRuth Simple Tee

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$30.00

GenChosen Goal Digger Tee

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$30.00

Faith over Fear

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$30.00

GenChosen Tee

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$30.00

Hoodies

GenRuth Hoodie

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$50.00

GenJoshua Hoodie

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$50.00

Gen Chosen Crewneck

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$50.00

Gen Chosen Zipper Hoodie

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$55.00

Hats

Gen Chosen Grandad Hat

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$35.00

Bracelets

Tanks

Blk GenJoshua Tank

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$20.00

Blk GenRuth Tank

All profits made from merchandise go toward maintaining the program and sustaining the vision. Thank you for your support!

C$20.00

The Chosen Plan

PROGRAM TIMES: 6:00-6:30 (Opening remarks, Food, Announcements) 6:30-7:00 (Anchor Talks/Anchor Sessions) 7:00-9:00 (Recreation/Trip) *Anchor Session : 30 minute hands on group activities that build team work, foster introspection, and promote meaningful relationships. *Anchor Talk : 30 minute themed talks (large and small group), infused with multi-media and provocative discussions.

__________________________ EI=Emotional Intelligence, MH=Mental Health Sept———WELCOME 26th: WELCOME+ INFORMATION SESSION+ RECREATION _________________________________ Oct———FEAR 3rd: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) ~ Fear Factor 10th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) - Nelson “Our Greatest Fear" (EI-JJ, MH-Dwayne) 17th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 24th: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) - LAW/POLICE – Keshia Mamdeen + Brothas from the 6 27th: TRIP - FEAR FEST (Wonderland) __________________________________ Nov————HATE 7th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 14th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (EI-KIM, MH-Rhianne) 21st: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) 28th: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) (CAMH Counsellor) DEC 1st: TRIP – Ebenezer Holiness Church of God to watch “DETROIT” __________________________________ Dec—————FORGIVENESS 5th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) 12th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) + Community Dinner (7-7:45) (EI-Rhianne, MH-KIM) ___________________________________ Jan——————RESILIENCE 16th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (EI-Dwayne, MH-JJ) 23rd: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) 30th: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) – Toronto Argonauts JAN 26th: TRIP - Up The Bloc (Rock Climbing) ___________________________________ Feb—————LOVE 6th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) 13th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (EI-Dwayne, MH-Rhianne) 20th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 27th: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) (Sex Education by Black Creek Community Health Centre – Melissa Buckland and John Kiyra) 23rd: TRIP – PAINTING/ART THERAPY ____________________________________ Mar—————STRESS 6th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 20th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (EI-JJ, MH-DWAYNE) 27th: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) (Bootcamp by Dennis Johnson of Outdoorsman Fitness) 9th: TRIP - ARCHERY TAG ___________________________________ Apr——————VISION 3rd: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) 10th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (EI-DWAYNE, MH-JJ) 17th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 24th: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) (iEmerge Youth Minister Alrick Grange) 27th: TRIP - CN TOWER/FERRY CRUISE ___________________________________ May———————IDENTITY 1st: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 8th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (EI-JJ, MH-Kim) 15th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (JJ) 22nd: Educational Workshop (6:30-7:15) (Oral Speaking Workshop by Ebony Toastmasters) 25th: TRIP - OCAD FACE SCULPTING ___________________________________ Jun—————YEARLY OVERVIEW 5th: Anchor Session (6:30-7) (DWAYNE) 12th: Anchor Talk (6:30-7:00) (ANCHORS) -COMMUNITY DINNER☺ 22nd-24th: GENERATION CHOSEN RETREAT

Anchors


Joseph Smith

"You Become What You Understand" ~ Soren Kierkegaard @drjosephjsmith

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Dwayne Brown

"Thato Ke Lesedi" - Education is Light ~Sesotho Proverb

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Kimarie Smith

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

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Rhianne Campbell

What is to be, will be.

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Nadia Dowie

"Life is what you make it" - Beres Hammond

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Contact


  • 3395 Weston Rd, North York, ON M9M 2V9