180 Change Street North West (South Side) Toronto Region

We may have started off as a school program, but with Gods graces have grown to become more like family. Life and its obstacles are never easy, but we must always remember to 1) get back up when we fall and 2) support one another. We have been able to watch some of you rise to knew heights of success and we encourage you to continue on your journey. Never be ashamed to let your brilliance shine! 


180 Change Street North West Toronto Region

Big shout outs to our 180 Change Street Alumni. Time flies, but we never forget the amazing youth we work with from past to present. Some of you have gone on to successful business ventures and we hope you know that we see you doing amazing things. Bullet proof love from 180 Change Street. 


The Streets Are On Fire, Here's What You Can Do!!

 

The Streets of Toronto are on fire but the real question is what are you going to do to change that! You can start by adding your info to our members list. This will keep you in the loop on amazing opportunities and ways you can help the streets. Other courses of action can be registering your child, family member or friend by going into the Apply section of this website. This will allow individuals access to immediate services around prevention, intervention and reintegration. The time to act is NOW Toronto!

 


Legalization

 

Recently in the amazing country of Canada, there has been a lot of discussion on the many multiple things we need to contemplate before we finalize the legalization of Marijuana. However, there is one thing we have not been hearing which leads to this next pondering question. Now that we are making the wise decision to legalize why aren’t we looking at the many lives that were railroaded stemming from past marijuana charges/convictions? How about the Rastafarian movement that fought so tirelessly in the past to have their religion respected but were instead vilified for recognizing the same medical and spiritual truths we now acknowledge in marijuana today? What can we be doing to potentially turn this past stumbling block in the lives of individuals and our community into a positive stepping stone for the future? Now that’s the piece that is missing, an oversight that has not been mentioned throughout the entire equation of legalization. We need to utilize the indigenous practise of restorative justice in this case and add balance to the growth of Canada’s marijuana industry. How can we spend countless years arresting marijuana smokers and then turn around and have police own and operate legal dispensaries moving forward? Mod Ting! I think we all know that it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none. Send on and don’t hang on!!!


PURPLE SYMPOSIUM NEWS UPDATE

 

This past February 180 Change Street jumped things off for the Black Youth Action Plan mentorship initiative with the P.U.R.P.L.E Symposium. We brought together youth with lived experience and various steak holders creating a powerful and rich conversation that is a must see for the evolving Black Canadian community. What makes P.U.R.P.L.E truly amazing is that it goes away from the rhetorical dangle the carrot conference type style of wasting time trying to figure things out and instead offers viable solutions that we can build from starting from today. Support 180 Change Street and help us continue trail blazing for tomorrow.


The P.U.R.P.L.E. SYMPOSIUM

This Wednesday February 21st 2018 we will be dropping the street centred solution to trauma and mental health while looking at a few of its deeper root causes such as criminalize discourse, the prison industrial complex and school to prison pipeline. Spots are going quickly so take action now and R.S.V.P: Reachus@180changestreet.com to attent The .P.U.R.P.L.E. SYMPOSIUM #blackexcellence #streetintelligence #purpulating


Get 2018 Started On the Right Path


Have a Safe and Successful 2018 and Remember this Quote from 180!!!

 


TEAM 180

180 Change Street is currently enrolling YG’s from the downtown core of Toronto to focus on building new positive outlets for the streets of downtown. With the temperature rising in our city, we have stepped it up a notch by creating a street team that has already begun to engage youth across the downtown core. What makes this street team special and most of all impactful, is that they have lived experiences the streets relate to that helps to reach our most vulnerable youth and navigate them towards positive change. We have decided to leave the politics for the politicians and focus on the bigger picture for the streets. With that said we are applying what we learned in the streets to modern industries that create stability and sustained wealth. It’s time to bang Smarter not Harder, take action today and register. Don`t forget, if you can run a range you can run a business.


Bang Smarter, Not Harder!!!

 


Malcolm X

 


Mahatma Ghandi

If Ghandi was still here, civil disobedience in terms of the streets would in essence be not to participate in the criminal justice system what so ever. To resist in a way where no possible charges or convictions could be laid. Now think about that? What would happen to the expansions of prisons? Or the demand for increased department of justice budgets that come out our taxes? What would happen to fathers and the overall family dynamic as a whole? Many question come to mind. We want you to think about some of the diffent questions that come to mind and how you can apply it to your life. This effective strategy does not require violence, but instead strong will and a solid personal CONVICTION!!!.#BangSmarterNotHarder

Here are a couple suggestions of places you can lay low at while working on your non-violent strategy

1) Can`t go wrong with school, instead of catching that "letter" you stay charge and conviction free while adding knowledge and positive letters like Msc and Phd to your name.

2) Work or better yet start a business! Once again it keeps you charge and conviction free while adding value to your wallet and sustainabilty to your life.

It sure beats canteen!


EXERCISE YOUR MIND AND YOUR BODY

 

It`s a work hard play hard philosophy at 180 Change Street, literally!. At 180 Change Street we hit the books before hitting jump shots. On one aspect we ensure our talented youth are academically ready for the next level, and on the other aspect ,we provide a theraputic outlet that allows them to release built up energy at the end of the day. It`s a win win!! (Our youth burning some steam at the end of the day)

 


JORDAN MANNERS: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

JORDAN MANNERS:GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

It’s never easy dealing with the loss of a loved one especially when it happens so prematurely. To show their love and admiration for the late Jordan Manners our youth made this beautiful T-Shirt in his loving memory. Marching with candles and singing songs throughout the community it was a moment of solidarity, a moment to reflect but most of all a moment to think about how our actions impact the lives of others. Whether it`s Chiraq, Furguson or Toronto for that matter, the age range of youth passing away to senseless violence is getting younger and younger. 180 Change Street sends it’s love and condolences to all the families going though it. We can let these painful traumas paralyze us in life or we can take a positive aspect of ones life and commit it to ours in their honour and loving memory.

 


180 LIFE: DIVIDED WE FALL UNITED WE CONQUER

180 LIFE: DIVIDED WE FALL UNITED WE CONQUER

As true Canadian’s it is less about race and more about humanity. The common thread amongst our youth is that they are tough, talented and ready to pave a new way for Toronto. Ultimately, it`s not ones occupation that determines good or bad but instead the actions we take to make a difference in peoples lives and society as a whole. 


EPAC

EPAC

 180 Change Street with Toronto’s very own Epac. Unlike many over night rappers of today, Epac has paid his dues in the streets and now aim’s to hit the game with witty flows that will have you playing back verses to catch the deeper meaning. Already with a mix tape featuring DJ Absolute Epac is just warming up. Stay tuned


180 CHANGE STREET FUTURE CHAMPIONS

180 CHANGE STREET FUTURE CHAMPIONS! (CLASS OF 2013/2014)

Here at 180 Change Street we like to highlight our up and coming future champions. Our youth our the future and luckily we have amazing young men who are up to the challenge of making positive change. You see with us there is no such thing as losing, for the only time we lose is when we give up. 180 Change Street Future Champions.


180 CHANGE STREET X COMMUNITY UNITING TOGETHER C.U.T. (MALVERN)

180 CHANGE STREET X COMMUNITY UNITING TOGETHER C.U.T. (MALVERN)

 On Sunday September 9th 2012 180 Change Street teamed up with Lawyer Jason E. Bogle for a community forum in Malvern in response to the recent gun violence in our city. Free hair cuts were provided to youth ages 6 to 17 by Cut Creator`s Barbershop, the same barbershop were Chris Thompson, 35 was gunned down while at work this past January. Seeing that school just started for our youths, sending them to school with fresh cuts and valuable life lessons is a step in the right direction as we the community heal from the aftermath of gun violence in our streets. It is important that we deal with the vicarious trauma in our communities before it turns to anger and violence in our youth. This forum laid out the communities response to our governments course of action plan regarding the recent shootings taking place in Toronto and provided insightful follow up recommendations.


180 AT COMMUNITY MARCH IN SCARBOROUGH WITH REPS UP

 

180 CHANGE STREET X SCARBOROUGH DANZING/GALLOWAY)

Toronto saw its most horrific case of gun violence this past July 16th, 2012 at a community barbecue in Scarborough. Twenty five people were shot and two people where pronounced dead at the scene. The victims were four-teen years old Shyanne Charles and twenty three year old Joshua Yasay who attended the Danzing St. function on the night in question. In response to this senseless killing, on July 20th, 2012 Toronto rap artist P. Reign stepped up for the community and held the "Angel March" in support of the victims and their families. We at 180 Change St. mobilized our youth after a long day of Summer school at C.W Jeffries ( West Toronto) and journeyed to Scarborough to march in this amazing display of community and unity. May this be a wake up call to everyone that we can no longer sit down and watch our youths kill each other, that we all, not just the police,play a vital role in making this city a better place. It`s time we start putting down these guns and start resolving our issues in other ways. It`s not the gun that kills, but the anger behind one. Love and respect from 180.

 


180 CHANGE STREET X TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

 

180 CHANGE STREET MAKES ITS OFFICIAL DEBUT WITH THE T.D.S.B. (CLASS OF 2012)

180 Change Street officially makes history as it starts programming July 3rd 2012 with the Toronto District School Board. Students are able to attain credits while others are able to obtain gainful employment. This one of a kind program runs until August 17th, 2012. Look out for us at a school near you this fall. Shout out to the youths of the future, it`s your time to shine!! Check out the article theToronto Star wrote about the program.


180 Change Street (Jamaica) @Bob Marley's former primary school

180 Change Street (Jamaica) 

180 Change Street Black History Month workshop on exercise,team work, and unity. Special thanks to Manifesto and G.Y.C. Check out those great non-profit organizations when you get a chance.