Children's Aid Foundation helps vulnerable kids across Canada overcome the obstacles in life that hold them back
 
"Because of all you have done, I have built up my self-esteem over the years to the point where I feel pretty good about my future in the world”
Young Person in Care
Young People's Advisory Council
YPAC was founded in 2013 with one visionary goal: to involve the young people that the Children’s Aid Foundation serves directly in the work we do. Joe Canavan (former CEO of CAF) established the Young People’s Advisory Council to allow members to shape the priorities and positioning of the Foundation by sharing their knowledge, expertise, experiences, and needs, and by acting as ambassadors for our organization in the wider community.

 

  • YPAC 2016-2017

    Tolumade Atkinson
    Alisha Brooks
    Crystal Groves

    Alumni: Shameer Rahman and Jemal Thompson

  • Brittany Herbold
    Anna Amy Ho
    Christina Li

  • Shyanne Nichols
    Melissa Sayers
    Riley Spence

ToluTolu was born in London, England but was raised in Vancouver, Canada for most of his life. He recently moved to Toronto two years ago to change his environment and, in doing so, discovered his true passions: health and business. He enrolled in a college program studying anatomy and business for fitness and health, becoming the second person in his family to graduate from college. In 2016 Tolu attended the Children’s Aid Foundation’s five14 Talks in celebration of Ontario’s Children and Youth in Care Day where he met a YPAC member who highly recommended he apply to join the council.

High school was a difficult time for Tolu. He and his single mother, who tried her best, moved between homeless shelters. Due to increasing conflict at home, he was eventually taken away and thrown into foster care where he also faced bullying. He searched for every quick fix until he realized the pain was within him. During this difficult time, his foster parents encouraged him to express himself though fitness, enrolling in mix martial arts. He began to flourish like a flower from concrete. Living a healthy lifestyle became his outlet, his source of healing and happiness.

Tolu’s ultimate goal is to develop a company specializing in men's health worldwide, from nutrition, skincare, fitness, fashion, giving personal advice and giving back to the community. Another bucket-list goal is to deliver a TED Talk, inspiring others with his journey to self-care and entrepreneurship.
  • YPAC 2015-2016

    Michele Farrugia
    Jemmy Felix
    Kristy Graves
    Crystal Groves

  • Wendy Hayes
    Shyanne Nichols
    Shameer Rahman
    Maya Ramchandani

  • Cheyanne Ratnam
    Melissa Sayers
    Jemal Thompson

  • YPAC 2014-2015

    Michele Farrugia
    Jemmy Felix
    Kristy Graves

  • Wendy Hayes
    Tamia Kerem
    Shameer Rahman

  • Maya Ramchandani
    Cheyanne Ratnam
    Jemal Thompson