Our Values

Core Values

Person-Centered Work: CEE treats each member as an individual with unique experiences and contexts. We work with our members to develop their own pathways to achieve their aspirations. The needs and perspectives of our members are always at the forefront of our decision-making as an organization.

Strong Partnerships: CEE understands the importance of working in collaboration not competition with other community groups. CEE is committed to working with strong partners with a track record of success in delivering programs that benefit Black youth.

Professionalism and Commitment: CEE will deliver programming of the highest standard, delivered by highly skilled staff who are dedicated to serving their community, in spaces that are safe and professionally run.

Supporting Values:

Social Justice: CEE’s work with Black youth in Toronto is a part of the larger struggle for economic justice, dignity and equity for all human beings. Wherever possible CEE will work to support other organizations and individuals who are striving for social justice in our communities.

Building Community: CEE makes it a priority to invest its resources within the Black community and specifically with those from marginalized neighborhoods. We also are focused on building connections between Black youth and their larger communities.

Anti-Oppression: CEE uses an anti-oppression model to create an equitable, accessible and inclusive space which does not tolerate any form of discrimination.

Respect for Diversity in Black Communities: CEE understands that youth who identify as “Black” come from a variety of backgrounds, regions, cultures and religions. Our programing is inclusive to the different Black experiences young people have in Toronto.