The Black Youth Mentorship Program is focused on providing support to Black youth aged 13-25 in the Hamilton area. We work to bridge the gaps between needed supports and youth that are unable to access them.  

Supports include providing programming, connection, and resources pertaining to Black mental health, 2SLGBTQIA+ focuses and safe spaces, arts programming, social drop-in sessions, as well as peer mentorship, academic-based workshops, and any other areas where Black youth in Hamilton may feel as though there are disparities or barriers to receiving adequate support.

Our main goal is to provide safe spaces for Black youth in Hamilton to feel seen, supported and heard. We work to create spaces where they can freely express themselves and access resources that can best benefit them and their intersecting identities to help them grow and thrive in this city. 


These monthly sessions will focus on encouraging the engagement of Black youth in various session formats that pertain to a variety of students’ interests and identities. These sessions will aim to empower and inspire Black youth to pursue their most authentic passions, while fostering confidence and inspiring them to create strong pathways whole being strong advocates for themselves and their communities.

These sessions, facilitated by Black organizers within our community, including mental health specialists, artists, community leaders, and other professionals, will work to support students and grow their skills in different subject areas. During these sessions, youth will be free to discuss various challenges they may be facing, such as racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression they may experience. Facilitators will be able to provide guidance, support, skills, resources and strategies to address a variety of challenges. Core topics and themes include:

  • Mental Health safe-spaces and support
  • Arts and Culture
  • Queer Support, Advocacy and Safe-Spaces
  • STEM programming (coding, etc)
  • Mentorship
  • Civic Engagement / Leadership
  • Building a strong cultural identity


The Black Youth Mentorship Programs One-on-One mentorship stream pairs professionals and community leaders directly with students. Youth aged 13 to 18 are matched with mentors whose background, experience, interests offer significant learning opportunities. The pair will connect on a weekly basis, with group mentorship events occurring monthly, in person or virtually. The nature of the relationship and advice is unique for each student. This ensures that the individual time, consideration, and attention that best fits their life, opportunities, and challenges.

If interested in being either a mentee or a mentor, please fill out this form:

If you have any questions, comments or suggests, please feel free to contact HCCI’s Black Youth Mentorship Coordinators at

Let’s Connect!  

We are always open to more suggestions for programming to incorporate, and would love to hear feedback from youth that have not yet connected with us on what types of resources and programming they would like to see; feel free to connect with us and reach out if you would like to be a part of this growing program on our instagram @bymphamilton and keep in touch with new events and updates coming up!  

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We welcome feedback, comments, and questions.
Please email, call, or use the form below to connect with our team.

Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion 

423 King Street East
Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297 4694

423 King Street East, Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297-4694