We fled bullets in Somalia only to have our sons die on Toronto streets. We have to do something. If not us, who will?
Habiba Adan, Positive Change Co-Founder
Our goal is simple.
We want to end gun violence in Toronto’s Somali-Canadian community. Positive Change is a volunteer-run advocacy group dedicated to addressing the root causes of violence in Toronto. Through meaningful advocacy work with key allies in our city, we hope to address a simple question with a complex answer: how can we stop our sons from dying?
Our work is two-pronged: we take a seat at the table with key government and institution decision-makers to ensure our young people are considered when making important policy and service changes. At the same time, we work with the community – from young to wise – to hear their stories, inspire and build future leaders. Below are just a couple of the events we've held in the recent past. For more, visit our events section.
On May 3, 2015, dozens of young people came together to inspire and learn from each other at our first #SKYSTHELIMITTO conference. Entirely run by young people, the day’s conversations ran from career choices, leadership, entrepreneurship and education.
We have worked alongside the Toronto Police since the group’s inception in 2012. Through dedicated collaboration, the Toronto Police Service have come a long way in serving the Somali-Canadian community, including the creation of the Somali-Liaison Unit, community meetings and much more.
On April 20, the Toronto Police presented Positive Change with its Leading the Path Award, given annually to organizations in recognition to their dedicated service.
We cannot do this alone. We need allies from all walks of life, backgrounds and affiliations to stand with us as we advocate for young people’s lives. Whether it’s a retweet, attending an event, or volunteering with us a few hours a month – every little bit helps. Ready to do your part? E-mail us.