Durham Black Students’ Network (DBSN)

Durham Black Students’ Network (DBSN) has capitalized on its infrastructure through the investment of many of its community shareholders. DBEN is a culturally responsive network built on programming that is founded on the expressed needs of students, educators, parents and community members.

Durham Black Students’ Network (DBSN) is in its inaugural year and will connect youth from the black community with resources for personal and professional development. Through a variety of leadership opportunities, DBSN will expand on the artistry, academia and creative talents in Durham Region.

We will offer:

Ongoing programming differentiated based on need and program type for ten months
(September – June). The programming will consist of a workshop series, community
building/forums and a reciprocal mentorship program.

  • Future Leaders Workshops Series – topics such as financial literacy, rebuilding
    healthy relationships, intergenerational relationships (authority), funding your
    education, writing skills for leadership;
  • Safe space / Creative Forums – focusing on the needs of the participants and determined by interactions with elders and greater community networks;
  • Reciprocal Mentorship Program – building on personal networks and support systems. Youth will be paired with another youth for a four month period, in two cycles.

Through our initiative:

  • Youth skill sets will be valued and matched with opportunities that are available to them;
  • Youth will be able to develop pathways for future goals, build financial literacy, become engaged in creative forums and connect with social resources;
  • Develop personal networks comprised of student-to-student and student-to-community interactions;
  • Participants will have an opportunity to reframe current fragmented realities that black youth experience.

For more information please email dbsn@dben.org

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Activating Success Student Awards!

Cultivating Pathways to Infinite Possibilities

Date: May 4, 2017
Time: 6-9PM
Location: Pineridge Secondary School, 2155 Liverpool Rd N, Pickering, Ontario L1X 1V4

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Philip Howard

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, sucess is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

Awards Time!

It is that time of year when DBEN, in partnership with the DDSB, seek to recognize the outstanding Black students in our community.  The DBEN Activating Student Success Awards and Scholarships shine a light on the Black students who are exceptional leaders in Durham. Activating success is a purposeful effort to motivate Durham to seek, cultivate and encourage the infinite possibilities for Black students in our region. Please nominate deserving students for this year’s awards and scholarship.

Application deadline is March 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

Please save the date, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Pine Ridge Secondary School, when the awards will be  presented with at our annual  awards ceremony.

The Black Community Rise to Excellence Scholarship

DBEN Activating Student Success Award 

Mark Joel Trailblazer Award

The Art of Black Lives Matter

Thursday, February 23, 6:30-9pm
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Oshawa

In recognition of the important work of Black artists and activists in Ontario, we welcome Black Lives Matter – Toronto, the Durham Black Artists’ Collective – DBAC and the DBEN – Durham Black Educator’s Network to discuss the role that art plays in activist and social justice work. Join us for artist presentations, student performances and a pop-up art exhibition. For more information, updates, sneak peeks, full event details and to invite friends check out the Facebook event here.

 This event is presented in partnership with the  Durham Black Educator’s Network and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

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Artwork by: Syrus M. Ware

DBEN Mixer

DBEN Mixer Featuring Justice Donald McLeod!

Date: November 24, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Audley Recreation Centre
Address: 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON

50-50 Draw!
Childcare provided!
Last Chance for $20 Early Bird Membership Price!

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Brunch with Brian Clarke n’ Friendz

BC + F Ministries invites you to brunch with Brian Clarke N Friendz on November 27th, 2016. 

Cost: $20.00
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: La Roya Banquet Hall
Address: 185 Westney Rd S, Ajax, ON L1S 2C9
Phone: 416-564-3400

Fundraising in support of DBEN & other local charities!

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DBEN Activating Student Success Award Application

Inspired by Principal Baruti Kafele, prestigious Milken National Educational Awardee who came to Durham in October 2012, the Durham Black Educators’ Network established the Activating Student Success Awards. This annual event seeks to recognize the outstanding leadership of students of the Black diaspora within Durham region.

This award will be given to six Durham District School Board students, grades 7 to 12. There will be two elementary students and four high school students. Applications must be submitted by the last Thursday in March to the selection committee, through the Chair of the Activating Success Awards Committee, Tracey Grose a (see contact information below). 

Click here to download the application: http://bit.ly/1RnZaaO

With all application submissions, please include a paper or scanned copy of your most recent report card or transcript and send to:

Tracey Grose Chair Activating Student Success Committee
Durham Black Educators Network
400 Taunton Road East
Whitby, Ontario
L1R 2K6
905-666-5500 ext. 5342
Tracey.Grose@ddsb.ca

For more on the award, click here.

Mark Joel Trailblazer Award

Mark Joel has served as the Durham District School Board Superintendent of Education/Operations/Transportation and Leadership Development. He marked the end of his career with the Board at the end of August 2014, after 35 years in public education.

This award has been established in his honour to provide a $500 scholarship to a student expressing a desire to pursue studies in education.

Applications must be submitted by the last Thursday in March to the selection committee, through the Chair of the Activating Success Awards Committee, Tracey Grose (see contact information below). 

Click here to download the application: http://bit.ly/1ZwJFjS

With all application submissions, please include a paper or scanned copy of your most recent report card or transcript and send to:

Tracey Grose Chair Activating Student Success Committee
Durham Black Educators Network
400 Taunton Road East
Whitby, Ontario
L1R 2K6
905-666-5500 ext. 5342
Tracey.Grose@ddsb.ca

For more on the award, click here.

BFCN Scholarship Directory 2016

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The Black Foundation of Community Networks Scholarship Directory 2016 is now available!

The Black Foundation of Community Networks (BFCN) is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to network community resources and groups, to strengthen the Black family unit and to improve student achievement. BFCN is based out of Woodbridge, Ontario and serves the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area. BFCN’s initiatives include a weekly youth Friday Focus Program with a Parent Forum, annual scholarships and bursaries, an annual Scholarship Directory, an ongoing Community Calendar and access to diverse resources, services and opportunities for youth, adults and families.

BFCN is proud to introduce its 4th Annual Scholarship Directory, a detailed and accessible compilation of 45+ available scholarships for youth pursuing post secondary education at the undergraduate level.

Click here for the directory:  http://bfcn.ca/downloads/BFCN_Scholarship_Directory_2016.pdf

Contact BFCN:
6-6150 Highway 7
Suite 431
Woodbridge , Ontario L4H 0R6
Phone: (416) 566-2731
E-Mail: info@bfcn.ca

2016 Durham Black History Month Celebration

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Free Admission! 

When: Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Where: J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, 1355 Harwood Ave. N, Ajax

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReachBHC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reach-Research-Education-and-Achievement-that-Celebrates-Humanity-780021445346109/