Who We Are
Engaged Communities started in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, Toronto in November 2019 when residents and organizers in the community found responses to recent youth violence to be slow and limited. We organized to help address the issues of youth violence, analyze the underlying causes, and engage with affected communities to develop a description of the problems and possible solutions. Our focus is to:
Increase the capacity of residents to engage in community processes (e.g. parents councils, student councils, places of worship, building associations, neighbourhood groups, youth groups) so they are defining priorities and co-creating solutions with agencies
Help bring together the insights and resources of various groups and agencies who are already working on related issues but from different perspectives
Issues focused: youth violence started this, but other issues, like Covid-19, housing affordability, healthcare, etc. have come up. It's all connected
Our group includes residents, and partners from all community organizations, social agencies, the schools, and religious organizations. Stakeholders include the community police, resident groups, business groups, and politicians. Please come join us!