Building Networks to Shake Up Systems


CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals (CEE)

CEE is dedicated to addressing economic and social barriers affecting Black youth ages 14 and over, who are not employed, in education or training (NEET). Services include career training, job development and personal support. In 2021, CEE supported 124 Black-led and Black-serving organizations in building capacity and internal infrastructure, and trusteed 15 groups.

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Facts (270 × 60 px)

30.6% of Black youth are unemployed. That’s almost one-third of the Black labour force.

Source: Statistics Canada 2021

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Since CEE’s inception in 2006, over 423 Black youth, who were formerly disengaged, have graduated from programming and have seen their lives positively impacted. Programs have a 96% retention rate!


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Top Right: Youth participating in the CEE Toronto Production Assistant program.

Bottom Left: CEE graduation (November 2022)

We acknowledge we are on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. While Indigenous communities in Toronto remain strong, vibrant, and resilient, they need support to address and overcome the impact of colonialism and systemic inequalities. Furthering Indigenous reconciliation and sovereignty are integral to achieving a more fair and just society where everyone can thrive.

We aim to be an ally and to fund local Indigenous organizations.