Friday, November 27th, 2020, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Every November since 2018, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) hosts its most anticipated event, More Than Networking. Each year ACB students, educators, and the broader Ottawa community gathered to discuss the importance of networking for social and personal growth. Also, we learn how this valuable skill can be used to build positive relations with our communities
Although this annual event improves the social capital among Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) people, it is the Black youth who benefit significantly as they access opportunities to connect and learn from racialized and non-racialized professionals. Through these relations, the following positive outcomes manifested:
- ACB young people (high school and post-secondary) gain mentorship from racialized and non-racialized career-focused professional
- ACB young people gain a mentor who sees the need to provide one on one mentorship beyond the event
- Professionals have the opportunity to give back to young ACB people in a way that is non-intrusive to their busy lives
This November, the ACMP looks to continue this fantastic initiative to continue to empower young ACB people while increasing their social capital intentionally.
The 3rd annual More Than Networking event will include Afro-Caribbean professionals, and many other community members from different ethnic groups, to participate in teaching ACB young people on the importance of networking. Considering how the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not stop the event. The FREE event will be held online, and people participating will experience the following learning outcomes:
- ACB young people will meet and greet professionals
- Professionals will meet enthusiastic young people who will be next to lead our professional sectors
- Build relationships of solidarity among great people
Like in the past, the annual More Than Networking event is non-intrusive and respects that professionals are busy. However, professionals are encouraged to extend as “olive branch” by meeting young people online and possibly connecting with them after the event to continue a positive mentor and mentee relationship. The ACMP initiative sees this as an absolute win for professionals but importantly, the young people who participate!