Each day, United Way works with individuals and organizations across Toronto to build a better city for us all. It’s something we’re deeply committed to and passionate about. But even as we work it’s good to take a step back and reflect from time to time — to think about the kind of city we’re working to create.
And it’s in this spirit that United Way is trying something new, something we haven’t done before, but something we believe is important. We are engaging people across our city in a conversation about the Toronto they want. Working together we want to make our city not only a good city, but a great city.
We’re motivated by a desire to see a city where every single person is reaching their full potential. Where families are thriving and where young people are succeeding. And we imagine this city to be a place where all neighbourhoods are vibrant, strong and resilient.
But it is not enough for us to just imagine a city, we need to work together to build it. As events this summer remind us there is still more to be done. Our youth need a city where they can grow and prosper — a place where they have access to mentorship, employment supports and resources to complete their education. And we need each and every one of you involved to make this a reality.
During the month of September, I’d like to invite you to join me and other guest bloggers in this dialogue about youth and the challenges and opportunities they face. We’ve also asked youth service providers, and more importantly, young people themselves to offer their thoughts and insights.
Over the next few months we’ll ask you questions such as: How do we build healthy people and strong communities? How do we help kids be all they can be? And how do we move people from poverty to possibility? I hope you’ll join us and share your ideas through our comment’s section, Twitter, and Facebook.
Thank you for being part of what I hope will be a valuable conversation about the Toronto you want to see.