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This page is dedicated to resources and opportunities reserved for students identifying as belonging to an equity-seeking group such as black, indigenous, or LGBTQI2S+.

If you find a resource or program not already featured on this website please e-mail the details to Mr. Nicholson at [email protected]


2022-2023 School Year

African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc. (ACCPI) Youth Scholarship (Due June 16th, 2023)

This award is for students of African or Caribbean heritage and have demonstrated a commitment to service in their school and community.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion’s (HCCI) Black Youth Mentorship Program Presents the Hamilton Youth Summit for Community Building

The Hamilton Youth Summit for Community Building is a unique event that will focus on empowering youth to use the tools in their communities to learn more about themselves, and the world around them. Through interactive workshops, engaging speakers, and opportunities for networking and collaboration, attendees will explore the importance of community building, identifying community needs, and exploring ones passions to inspire change!

The summit is happening at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch) on March 30th, 20223 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If interested, please contact Ms. Woof at [email protected] before March 25th to sign up.



Apply now for McMaster University’s  STEM enrichment program for Black students to help prepare
for STEM professions. Details are here!!

Elevate – A Day for Inclusion in Science

The full-day event will take place on Tuesday, May 31st. This is an outreach event open to all students in Grade 10 from area high schools. We want to especially encourage students who identify with traditionally equity seeking groups in STEM (e.g. BIPOC, 2SLGBTQI+, those with disabilities, women) to register. There is no cost to participate. 

The event itself will consist of hands on and interactive science activities, an inspiring lecture, an “Ask an Undergrad” panel, and an opportunity to meet with scientists from a wide variety of scientific fields.

Self register here!

McMaster University Access

McMaster University invites Grade 11 and 12 students to learn more about their Access program. Check out this video to learn more! The information session is Thursday, March 10. Details here!

Students Will Learn About:

• Student Success Centre mentoring and tutoring outreach initiatives
• Black Student Success Centre mentoring programs
• Indigenous Student Services
• Student Accessibility Services
• Transition programming

For Grade 11 Students
What to do now to plan for next year

What courses or prerequisites will you need for specific programs

Programs offers
McMaster admissions policies

For Grade 12 students You’ve Applied to McMaster. Now What?

Important Dates

What to do while you wait

Academic, financial and personal supports on your way to success at university

YMCA Youth of Tomorrow Conference

The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford is hosting the Youth of Tomorrow Conference 2022. Calling all BIPOC youth! Connect virtually with like-minded peers and BIPOC industry professionals to explore different careers paths and build the skills required for your future.

Conference Date:March 24, 2022


Registrations Link: www.YouthofTomorrow.ca

Youth of Tomorrow attendees will be offered the exclusive opportunity to register for further employment through:

a)Work Experience–This program is designed to provide employment readiness training and individualized support through engaging job experience.


b)Mentorship Experience–Mentorship provided by a BIPOC community professional who will provide direct support and advice about navigating education and employment systems.

The first 100 youth to register will have a change to win several prizes!

For questions, please contact:

Abdullahi Abdi

Newcomer Youth Mentorship Program Facilitator, YMCA

[email protected]


  • Reverend John C. Holland Awards (Applications now Due March 31, 2022)
    • 13 Awards Total (Scholarship + Bursary)
    • These awards are for students who identify as a Person of African Descent and are 16-24 years of age at time of application and have demonstrated a commitment to service in their school and or community
  • African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc. (ACCPI) Youth Scholarship (Check back soon)
    • This award is for students of African or Caribbean heritage and have demonstrated a commitment to service in their school and community.

Special Programs


Updated on Thursday, May 18, 2023.
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