Unity Link Up 2024 is a national online youth conference with a vision to ignite a movement of learning and empowerment among all youth, focusing on members of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community. The primary objective is to raise awareness among Canadian youth about the valuable resources and support available to them as they navigate their personal and collective journeys.
Throughout the 2024 February Black History Month Season, this extraordinary event will equip teenage youth with five national online discussions dedicated to critical aspects of interest for BIPOC youth across Canada. These topics encompass:
Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Sports and Self-Efficacy
Growth and Development in the Arts and Cultural Opportunities
Join us as we unite youth from coast to coast in an interactive conference format. Participants and their educators will be esteemed by our diverse guest speakers and panellists. This exciting weekday event is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.), fostering a national dialogue that allows participants to hear the thoughts and actions of their peers from Vancouver to New Brunswick.
This program is free to schools and community centers, making it accessible to all educators and community youth workers interested in incorporating it into their lesson plans. Each session is designed to fit seamlessly into the standard 60-minute class period, complementing their existing curriculum.
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The Power of Sports and Perserverance
February 1 , 2024 1:00 P.M - 2:00 P.M.
Speaker - Kimberly B. Davis
Senior Executive Vice-President; National Hockey League (NHL)
This engaging discussion offers students and teachers a unique opportunity to connect directly with Kimberly Davis, a Senior Executive at the National Hockey League. Kim will share her inspirational journey to success in professional sports, offering valuable insights into overcoming gender and racial barriers. Her motivational discourse aims to encourage youth to persevere in pursuing their aspirations. This event is a must-attend, providing an invaluable chance to glean wisdom from Kim's experiences and be inspired to achieve their own goals.
Entrepreneurship & Business Development
February 8 , 2024 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Speaker - Ryan O'Neil Knight
Social Enterprise Coach, Afro Caribbean Business Network (ACBN)
Embarking on the journey of starting one's own business is increasingly prevalent among Canadian youth, offering an exciting and personally rewarding avenue of work and ownership. In this presentation, Social Entrepreneur Ryan O’Neil Knight will impart valuable insights and essential tips to students aspiring to venture into entrepreneurship. Whether driven by passion or a desire for independence, this workshop is a must-attend, providing invaluable guidance for those considering their own business ventures in the future.
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February 15 , 2024 1:00 P.M - 2:00 P.M.
Speaker - Brian Smith
Vice President of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE)
The adage holds: What You Don't Know Can Cost You! Financial literacy is an indispensable skill for all of Canada's youth, yet many lack the opportunity to cultivate this vital proficiency, which plays a pivotal role in shaping their future. Drawing on his extensive understanding, savvy and skilled financial guru Brian Smith will guide the youth in acquiring the essential knowledge necessary to prepare for their financial futures.
Making the World a better place
February 22 , 2024 1:00 P.M - 2:00 P.M.
The Honourable Greg Fergus, P.C., M.P.
Député de Hull-Aylmer | Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer
38th Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
Canada needs your active participation in civic life. Engage with issues that matter to you and make a difference. You'll learn, grow, and protect your future by getting involved. Be a voice for your community and inspire change. The 38th Speaker of the House of Commons knows a little about making the world a better place; they have been instrumental in improving schools. Join the Honorable Greg Fergus program to learn more about how getting involved in a small way can change the world tomorrow!
Understanding the Significance of Your Art
February 29, 2024 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Speaker - Chayne Jopal
Project Coordinator - Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR)
Speaker - Donald Robins
Director of Radio Promotion, Warner Music Canada
The recording industry, marked by its dynamic and intriguing nature, presents numerous opportunities for aspiring artists. Our distinguished guests will offer students invaluable insights into the essential aspects of pursuing a career in the music industry, shedding light on its evolution over the years. This event is tailor-made for aspiring recording artists seeking a comprehensive understanding of the industry's intricacies and transformations.