The OVOV program is excited to present the fourth edition of PowerUp! – a symposium specifically designed for Black-identifying children and youth actively involved with child welfare. The goal of PowerUp! is for Black youth to build connections, community, and to celebrate Black identity.
The event will take place in person on March 6, 2023.
Breakfast starts at 7 AM
Registration table opens 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Program runs from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Register online by February 17th to secure your spot.
Want to attend PowerUp! but you’re not sure if you have permission to miss class?
Use this letter to send to your teacher so they better understand what the symposium is all about!
PowerUp! is for Black-identifying children and youth who are in care or actively involved with an Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency or a Children’s Aid Society in Ontario. Youth participants must be connected to a worker at a CAS or Indigenous agency. PowerUp! programming is geared for youth aged 13 to 21. Agency staff supporting youth attendees can also attend.
PowerUp! is the first Canadian event specifically designed for Black youth in care to gather and feel empowered, seen, celebrated, and uplifted by their own community, elders, and workers. It is an opportunity to foster peer relationships and to strengthen connections to culture and identity in a fun, safe, and affirming way as per CYFSA requirements. To learn more about programming during the event, listen to OVOV manager Keishia Facey here or follow OVOV on social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) to stay up to date with all conference updates.
PowerUp! 2023 will be taking place at the:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport West
5444 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 2L2
PowerUp! is free for all participants! Youth attendees will also receive a swag bag. Snacks and lunch will be provided as well.
Registration for PowerUp! opened on January 5th, 2023. Please register here. Note: Registration is required for all attendees.
Staff should register youth by February 17 to guarantee their spot.
We understand that this event may bring up a lot of strong emotions for youth who attend. There will be a resource packet outlining immediate supports youth can access before, during, or after the symposium in the swag bags and a resource spotlight during the event.
A mental health counsellor will be onsite during and available immediately after the event to support or debrief. We strongly advise that workers check in with their youth before and after the event and be available to support, connect, or debrief.