The Sankofa Youth Mentoring Program

                                                                                  Two Locations :

     BUROAK SECONDARY SCHOOL (Markham)  Thursdays 

     VAUGHAN SECONDARY SCHOOL  (Vaughan) Tuesdays

   Programs run concurrent with the School Year 

                            6:30pm to 8:30pm

+ Summer Retreats & Field Trips

Email The Program Manager at : PGMMGR@YORKREGIONAACC.CA


                                                                           For Students  Ages 12 to 16

The Meaning of Sankofa  ……… “Go Back and Fetch It”     

         “Bridging the past with the Present

        ..Navigating the Present into the Future”

A Youth mentoring , Life –skills Program Rooted in an African Centered Rites of Passage Process, utilizing the Nguzo Saba ( Seven Principles )

  • Unity
  • Self-Determination
  • Collective Work and Responsibility
  • Cooperative Economics
  • Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Faith 
  • + Self-Respect


  • Building a strong Cultural Identity
  • Promote Positive Social and Emotional Skills
  • Develop Civic Engagement / Leadership
  • Promote Holistic Health and Safety
  • Promote Civic Engagement & Environmental Responsibilities
  • Enhance Self-Confidence and Leadership
  • Enhance Academic Performance and Self-Efficacy
  • Improve Family Relationship and Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Expose Diverse Career Options , Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Recognize and Promote Excellence..
  • Demonstrate through mentoring that “ It takes a village to raise a good child”



  • Field Trips.
  • Retreats.
  • Cultural Foods.
  • Black  History ( Success Stories)

A SAFE SPACE for Interactive discussions on:

  • Racial & Cultural Identity
  • Current and Community issues.
  • Youth Challenges and Solutions .
  • How to Manage Racism through Confidence and Excellence.