The CCYP Fellowship Program provides promising,
bright young thinkers and doers who are mobilizing and advocating at the grassroots level with an opportunity to learn how to create systems-level change.
Peer Specialist, Youth Homelessness & Mental Health
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Mardi is passionate about creating equitable opportunities for youth in the realm of homelessness and mental health. They have extensive lived experience to resiliently engage in research co-design opportunities in addition to other skills-based employment which utilizes their lived experience perspectives. They support a wide array of community-based organizations in a multitude of roles inclusive of advising, consulting and peer mentoring.
Art Curator and Program Manager, Co-founder of 'Stay Golden'
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Henrick Sales is a BIPOC executive director, art curator, program manager and spoken word artist. He is the co-founder of Stay Golden, a grassroots initiative in the Agincourt community that provides young people opportunities to share their stories through the arts and storytelling. He is a creative individual that combines his passions with all projects that he chooses to engage in.
Sabrina Guzman Skotnitsky
Climate Justice and Youth Empowerment Advocate
Sabrina believes in providing individuals and communities the tools and knowledge that they need to construct their own solutions. She is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Development Studies and a minor in Political Science. In addition to being a CCYP Fellow, Sabrina is a research assistant with St. Francis Xavier University, working on the Restoring Climate-Just Futures project which supports a collective of BIPOC artists and activists envisioning the climate in 2030. She is very passionate about creating a Canadian Green New Deal, Just Transition for workers and a Green Recovery from COVID-19 which prioritizes individuals and the planet.
Advanced Peer Specialist
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Marche-Romae, has recognized that passion, happiness and success are not much different from one another. She believes that the "warm feeling" that each of these brings forth, is often similar and that everyone deserves equal opportunities to pursue each. Her role as an advanced peer specialist within the Toronto shelter system has revealed to her that inequality and a lack of culturally-reflected resources have resulted in a continuous cycle of harm to marginalized communities.