Generation Chosen

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Mission Statement

Generation Chosen is a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the emotional intelligence of young adults from underserved communities. Through openly confronting mental health obstacles, dealing compassionately with harmful emotional tendencies, creating opportunities for educational matriculation, financial self-sufficiency, and meaningful mentorship, we aim to holistically support the development of those most vulnerable in our society and interrupt inter-generational cycles of poverty, disenfranchisement and trauma.

Why We DO What We DO

The primary facilitators and organizers of Generation Chosen (Joseph Smith, Dwayne Brown, Kimarie Smith, and Nadia Dowie) 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.

At Generation Chosen we see ourselves as interrupting inter-generational patterns of poverty, disenfranchisement and trauma for those who are markedly underserved. We know that what fundamentally hinders youth ages 15-25 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 the way in which institutional and systemic barriers, structures, and biases coalesce to condition the perception and emotional makeup of our participants and 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  engaging in meaningful educative discussions, activities, and programming around mental health and emotional intelligence.

Our Pillars

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


Understanding the world demands that we first understand ourselves

Civic Engagement

To know and overcome what is uncivil (anti-social) about ourselves is the beginning of civic engagement

Our Principles

At Generation Chosen we seek to inculcate five key virtues that we think overwhelmingly contribute to the emotional and mental health of any subject. These virtues are made manifest in all of our programming, and constitute the very matrix of our organization.


Perspective is the activity of self-worth.


Courage is taking responsibility for dealing with change and error.


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


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


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

Our Programming Themes

Our programming themes manifest in all of our programs on a monthly basis.

Our Programs

All of our programs run from October to May each year. All participants in every program, excluding those who receive our therapy services, are eligible to acquire 1000 dollars in scholarship money, 1000 dollars to invest in stocks, 1000 dollars to start a civic action campaign/project, and 1000 dollars to launch a business. Our programming is facilitated in online and offline spaces.





Civic Anchor


Gen Fem




After Sc-Kool (A.S.K.)


Green Anchor

CoAnchored (Cooperative Education)


The ReAnchoring Experience (Credit Recovery)


The Chosen League


Each One, Teach One (Tutoring)


Youth Collective Initiative (Youth CI)


Anchored by Nutrition


Anchor Seminars

Our Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills (financial literacy), Civic Anchor, Gen Fem workshops are called Anchor Seminars. We have a team of trained facilitators who can deliver 60 minute, 90 minute, and 120 minute seminars to any individual or organization looking for content in these areas. We can facilitate Anchor Seminars online and in person Our Seminars are highly interactive, aesthetically appealing, and substantive. They have been designed by Ontario Certified Teachers and PhDs whose work experience entails teaching in underserved, racialized communities where developing culturally relevant and responsive curriculum is imperative.

Pricing is as follows: 250 (60 minutes) | 350 (90 minutes) | 450 (120 minutes)

Emotional Intelligence is Life and Death where I'm From

Our Anchor, Dwayne Brown, has written a fabulous article for 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!
Emotional Intelligence is Life and Death where I'm From

The Ominousness of Systemic Anti-Black Racism

Our Anchor, Joseph J. Smith, compellingly delineates the harrowing and nightmarish effects of system anti-black racism on himself, his community, and society at large in light of the killings of unarmed black people and the BLM protests.

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Thanks to OperationBlackVote, we have been privileged to be spotlighted by . Check out the amazing article they wrote about our program and its members.

Urban Heros

Our anchors Dwayne Brown (2018 recipient) Joseph Smith (2019 recipient) were selected as the People's Choice for the Metroland Media Toronto's Urban Hero award in the area of Social Issues (Dwayne) and Health (Joseph). Selected through a voting process that saw 12,000 voters support the granting of this award, Dwayne and Joseph were nominated by @torontodotcom for their exceptional work in the area of emotional intelligence and education within underserved communities. Dwayne Brown and Joseph Smith you are our URBAN HEROS. Thank you for all of the work you have done within the Jane and Finch community. Take a look at the articles below:

CBC National: Black Panther Advanced Screening

CBC: Civic Engagement and Generation Chosen

Global News: Matthew Cole (Generation Chosen Anchee)

CBC: Toronto's Gun Violence Initiative

CBC: Toronto Homicide Rate Ties Record

CityNews: Taking Aim At Toronto's Gun Violence

Our Board

Bishop Dr. Glenford Duffus

Board Member

Sherrie James

Board Member


Board Member

Karlyn Percil

Board Member

Danavan Samuels

Board Member


Joseph Smith

Executive Director


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Dwayne Brown

Director of Education


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Kimarie Smith

Organizational Manager/Director of Gen Fem


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Nadia Dowie

Director of Marketing


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Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist


Registered Psychotherapist


Therapist Intern


Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying


Registered Psychotherapist


Registered Psychotherapist


Counsellor (Group Therapist)


Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Life Coach


Life Coach


Renee Lindo



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