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What is the L.E.A.R.N
after-school program?

L.E.A.R.N. stands for Literacy. Education. Arts. Recreation. Nurturing. L.E.A.R.N. places Black youth from the Malvern/Kingston Road & Galloway, and Black Creek/Jane & Finch communities at its centre, bridging the gaps between school, parents, and community to increase student success.

Only 53% of Black students are enrolled in the academic stream that prepares students for university, compared to 81% of White students and 80% of other racialized students.

(CBC News, 2017)

The program adopts an Afrocentric lens to support youth, aged 7-13 and 14-19, with one-on-one mentorship, homework support and mentoring, for students in elementary and high school, to overcome barriers to success.

By pairing up with Black high school and adult mentors twice a week for academic and social support, participants benefit from the relationship by empowering participants, helping them identify barriers to success, and opportunities to overcome those barriers.

The LEARN program is designed to support youth and to complement TAIBU’s The PLUG Project and From School to Success Program (F.S.S.P.), which support youth to achieve success.

The LEARN project is funded by
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services


8 -17 year old youth


The LEARN Mentorship Project is designed to help children and youth address issues that they face in the school system, by using mentors who have recently faced similar issues.


Participants and their parents share their testimony about the benefits of the LEARN program

“Every time I thought I understood the work in class, it felt like I was forgetting stuff by the time I got home to do my homework. It was so frustrating, I just wanted to give up. When I joined TAIBU’s LEARN program, I realized I just needed it explained differently by someone who learns like me and doesn’t give up on me when I don’t get it right away. I don’t panic right away when I don’t get it, because I know I can get extra help.”


LEARN participant

“I was lucky that I had an older brother to help me when I was in school. I’m not sure what I would have done without him. I might have given up. Now, that I kinda know what I want to do with my life, it feels good to help someone who is still struggling. Besides, it’s good volunteer experience for me to put on my application for teacher’s college.”


Mentor, L.E.A.R.N. Academic Support Program


Ronaye Chester

Program Assistant


ext 2237

Shawna Williams

Mentorship Coordinator

(416) 644-3539

Ext. 2294