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    It's My Future TO

    Do you have ideas about what should be the future of Toronto [T’karonto]? Are you an 8-12 years old, Indigenous, Black, or Person of Color (POC) youth in the General Toronto Area [GTA]? If you answer yes to both of those questions, It’s My Future Toronto [IMFTO] is a project for you.

    The City of Toronto is asking for fresh ideas on how the city can recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic and bring more justice to Indigenous, Black, and POC communities. As a BIPOC youth, your ideas are the freshest.

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    Free to use illustrations by Brandon Mendoza

    IMFTO youth create ads of design ideas.

    Eight youth [Adrian, Blake, Kealon, Laith, Logan, Marleigh, PJ and Zahra] participated in the IMFTO Advertise workshops led by creatives from Sid Lee and Juliet agencies. Working closely with the Sid Lee and Juliet creative teams, the youth co-created 30-40 second advertisements to demonstrate their design ideas for a better future for Toronto.

    The advertisements are a part of a social media campaign to raise $50,000 in funds by July 1st to bring the youth’s ideas further to life by making real functional objects over the summer. Please donate to Fund our Futures at www.torontofoundation.ca/IMFTO

    IMFTO wins Juror’s Choice Award

    It’s My Future Toronto has won a Juror’s Award from juror, Zviko Mhakayakora at the Toronto Design Festival. Thank you to all the youth and partners who have made it possible.

    Workshops and Videos

    It’s My Future Toronto offers four opportunities for you to share your ideas about how Toronto might recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic and address its racial inequalities. Caretakers of 8-12 years old BIPOC youth, you can register them for IMFTO on the Program Registration page.

    IMFTO Advertising Workshops (Completed)

    WORKSHOP #1
    Date: Saturday March 20, 2021
    Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

    WORKSHOP #2
    Date: Saturday March 27, 2021
    Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

    These online synchronous workshops with advertising specialists from Sid Lee, Juliet, and OCAD University is open to 8-12 years old BIPOC youth. Connect your future ideas into a city wide advertising campaign to fund your ideas for the city through a:
    01 carousel advertisement for social media,
    02 video advertisement for social media, and
    03 out of home/outdoor advertisement for posting bills around the city and digital billboards for places like Dundas Square.

    Learn more on the Advertise page.
    Register (after program registration and sign in) on the Workshop Registration page.

    Picture of an advertising billboard in Dundas Square, city building, and blue sky. The words in the sky say IMFTO Advertising Workshop on March 20, 2021.

    IMFTO Journalism Workshop (completed)

    Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
    Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm
    This online synchronous workshop with Global and Mail journalists is open to 8-12 years old BIPOC youth. Connect your future ideas for Toronto and the GTA to journalism and make editorials to be published in the Globe and Mail.

    After the workshop, upload and share a video of your report on this site.

    Learn more on the Report page.
    Register (after program registration and sign in) on the Workshop Registration page.

    View of McCaul Street in Toronto facing CN Tower and TTC lines. Brown buildings on the side with two cars parked on the road. The words in the sky say IMFTO Journalism Workshop January 30, 2021.

    IMFTO Design Workshop (completed)

    Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
    Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm
    This online synchronous workshop with professional designers and OCAD U faculty, staff, and alumni is open to 8-12 years old BIPOC youth. Imagine, Make, and Connect your future ideas for the City of Toronto and the GTA.

    After the workshop, upload and share a video of your design ideas on this site.

    Learn more on the Design page.
    Register (after program registration and sign in) on the Workshop Registration page.

    Image of a wooden table covered with small black pot with markers, newspaper, and white drawing paper. The worlds on the top left say IMFTO Design Workshop January 23, 2021.

    IMFTO Minecraft World

    Dates: LAST DAY
    Youth from ages 8-18 years old will be able to re-design Toronto following the Toronto Transit Commission [TTC] lines. In the IMFTO Minecraft World, you will decide where to put homes, buildings, parks, schools, or whatever you imagine for the city to be more inclusive and equitable for BIPOC communities. 

    Learn more on the IMFTO Minecraft World page.

    The IMFTO World will close at 11:00pm and wake up at 9:00am each day, so that changes can be saved and damage repaired.

    Use this current Join Code to play in the #IMFTO Minecraft World in Minecraft Education Edition:
    Steve, cake, sign
    JC for Feb 15 09:00am

    Image of a red brick house built with Minecraft blocks, green grass, blue sky, and sheep wandering about. The words in the sky say IMFTO Minecraft World January 15, 2021.

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