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“We are trying to bring more opportunities to our black student population here at [U of T Scarborough] in the way of education and experiences.”

Elvis Ibrahimovic, Student Life’s community engagement co-ordinator

Students mentor black youth in community program

For more than a decade, an academic mentorship program run by the department of student life at the University of Toronto Scarborough, known as Imani, has been pairing black U of T student mentors with black youth in the community.

Since 2005, more than 1,000 students between Grades 1 and 12 have taken part in the after-school program. In that same time, more than 500 students from the university have volunteered as mentors, facilitators and co-coordinators.

Imani is important because it’s a one-of-a-kind program that directly helps youth in racialized and underserved communities in Scarborough, says Dorian Grey, a fourth-year U of T Scarborough student and volunteer in the program.

“There aren’t many programs that overwhelmingly show black leaders in a university setting, so having this is important for black youth in our community,” says Grey.