• Michele Newton

Uplifting Simcoe County’s Black Youth with Care Packages

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Community invited to help with encouraging cards, poems, gifts and supplies.

a Black mom and young son smiling during Black History Month
Mother and son attending Black History Month Kick Off Event

Media Release - June 11, 2020 (Please note the drop off and donation details have since been updated)

The Simcoe County community is being asked to join the movement and uplift our Black youth today. Shelly Skinner has launched “Uplift Black Youth In Simcoe County” in collaboration with local not-for-profit organizations Making Change and Shak’s World. The project’s goal is to rally community support and provide care packages to Black youth living throughout Simcoe County. As of Thursday, June 11, 2020, 67 families have registered over 110 children and youth.

“As our youth sit at home isolating and navigating online school, they are overwhelmed with both the stress and anxiety of the global COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation and the recent events spotlighting the prevalence of anti-Black racism here in Canada,” says Shelly Skinner, Uplift Black Youth project lead and Co-founder of Making Change. “The time for change is now and our Black youth need to hear from their neighbours and our community allies that BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

Families with school-aged (JK-12) Black youth may register on the Making Change website confidential form. Along with personal information, the form asks for the school grade and interests of each Black youth, to better tailor the care packages.

For those community members interested in helping Uplift Black Youth in Simcoe County, both financial support and the donation of supplying specific items to stock the care packages are welcomed.

E-transfer to donate to either the Uplift Black Youth Project or the ongoing work of Making Change to spark broad community interest and foster conversations around inclusion and diversity.

This is a list of “new” items the community is invited to start collecting for school aged children from JK to 12:

Letters of solidarity and support ✊🏾 Greeting Cards Poems Musical instruments Puzzles Board Games Toys Books with leading character that is a Person Of Colour Art supplies Journals Spa care products Makeup for our skin tone Hair care for our hair Ice cream/Fro yo gift cards Sporting goods Electronics accessories-chargers, ear plugs Plants Baking supplies/baked goods Jewelery Candy LEGO Beanie Boos/ Stuffies

Official drop off locations for care package items are:

JJ’s Caribbean Cuisine – 110 Little Ave, Barrie Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Drors – 98 Dunlop St. E., Barrie Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at side/rear entrance

Dosti Eats 0- 535 Bryne Drive, Barrie Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Simmering Kettle – 53 Bryne Drive #B2, Barrie Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Barrie Chamber of Commerce – 121 Commerce Park Drive Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Financial Donations: – note Uplift Black Youth

Facebook Group: Uplift Black Youth Simcoe County


About Making Change

Making Change is a not-for-profit organization of community volunteers. Their goal is to spark broad community interest and foster conversations around inclusion and diversity. Through their initiatives centred around Black History Month, Making Change embraces the community values that connect us as people, bring us closer together, and encourage us to support each other. It’s really about community togetherness. Launched in 2019 by changemakers Shelly Skinner and Michèle Newton, joined by Stephanie Gourlie in 2020, it has grown to include a group of dedicated volunteers.

Note: Financial transactions will be processed through our business partner PMJ Inc. Making Change is a non-registered not-for-profit, therefore unable to issue charitable receipts for donations.

About Shak’s World

Shak’s World is a not-for-profit based in Simcoe County. Their motto is “Empowering youth to Stay Humble And Kind”. They create respectful-successful athletes and community members through building a space to experience the environment of togetherness and encouragement.

Media contact:

Michèle Newton

Our Mosaic Lives 705.220.2469

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