Mission

It’s My Future Toronto [IMFTO] is a special program bringing together education, industry, and government to provide the opportunity for 8-12 years old BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth to design Toronto’s recovery from COVID-19 and systemic racism for the next 3-5 years. 

The program works with community organizations to recruit up to 100 youth. From mid-September to mid-November, the youth participants follow a four-step creative process of Report, Imagine, Make, and Connect. Youth participants are guided through the process via “how to” videos on the website www.itsmyfutureto.ca  and online workshops by professional journalists, designers, advertisers, community activists, movie directors, and policy experts. 

Teams who have made IMFTO happen

Project Management and Community Engagement

  • Dori Tunstall, OCAD U (lead)
  • Gary Newman, OCAD U
  • Bianca Li Chandler

Branding

  • Forest Young, Wolff Olins (co-lead)
  • Josie Luu, Wolff Olins (co-lead)
  • Draeger Gillespie, Wolff Olins
  • Nicolo Bernardi, Wolff Olins 
  • Cassidy Moriarty, Wolff Olins

Website 

  • Dori Tunstall (lead)
  • Mulugeta Bisrat
  • Ayomide Sami-Orungbe 
  • Draeger Gillespie, Wolff Olins

Journalism

  • Matt Frehner, Globe and Mail (lead)
  • Sean Humphery, Globe and Mail
  • Patrick Dell, Globe and Mail
  • Gabe Gonda, Globe and Mail

Policy

  • Liin Nur, OCAD U SFI
  • Jerusha Richards, Ministry of Infrastructure 
  • Kathy Moscou, OCAD U SFI
  • Pam Sethi, OCAD U SFI
  • Jacquie Shaw, OCAD U SFI

Advertising

  • Eve Remilllard Larose, Sid Lee (co-lead)
  • Denies Cole, Juliet (co-lead)
  • Natasa Kajganic, Juliet
  • Ariana Romano, Sid Lee
  • Laurent Abesdris, Juliet
  • Mariam, Juliet

Design 

  • Dori Tunstall, OCAD U (co-lead)
  • Sabina Dron, Microsoft (co-lead)
  • Ian Kamau, OCAD U
  • Daniel Kwan, Microsoft

Video Production Guides 

  • Alison Duke, Oya Media
  • Julien Lutz pka Director X
  • Malachi Ellis, Oya Media

Participating community organizations

  • Sistema Toronto
  • The Library of Social Change
  • Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association
  • North York Community House
  • Urban Rez
  • Queen Victoria Public School Black Students Success Initiative

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