The IMANI Black Academic Mentorship Program encourages and supports students’ work towards their academic and personal goals through tutoring, mentorship, civic engagement education, and Afrocentric workshops that aim to build confidence in our students to pursue college and/or university education.
The goal for Imani is to provide middle school and high school students with the tools and skills that they will need to be successful in high school, post-secondary, in their future careers, and in their personal lives.
The IMANI program provides:
- Weekly academic tutoring and mentorship
- Afrocentric Workshops building a sense of identity and community
- Connection with Black Post-Secondary Students
- Educational trips to the UTSC campus, Scarborough and Toronto
- Access to resources to enhance mentee academic success
Our participating schools for our program are:
- Dr Marion Hilliard Senior Public School
- St. Margaret's Public School
- Military Trail Public School
- St. John Paul II
- West Hill Collegiate Institute
- Lester B. Pearson C.I
- Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute
Imani runs online (via Zoom) every Tuesday (High School) & Wednesday (Middle School) from ~ 5:30 – 7:30pm. For each of the weekly sessions, mentees will be matched with a UofT student mentor, who will assist with homework and lead meaningful mentoring conversations. Mentees will also participate in a weekly workshop that works to develop and foster a strong identity and develop a critical lens that challenges systems of anti-black racism.
NOTE: We would like to meet the parents interested in this program and share more details about our goals this year. Our Parent’s Meet & Greet and Information Night is on November 18th from 6:00 –8:00pm; details to follow. Please save the date!
Are you interested in learning more? Contact us at Imani.UTSC@utoronto.ca.
Don’t see your school on the list? Request your Principal/Teacher to have Imani join your school!