Engaging Girls: Safe Return to Class Program (Summer 2021)

Funded the Ministry of Education's Safe Return to School Grant

This program, funded by the government of Ontario, seeks to mitigate potential learning gaps caused by COVID-19 by supporting the learning, health, and well-being of Black girls entering grades 8, 9, and 10. Participants will take part in series of activities starting with online group engagement from July 21st to 30th. The program ends with a 4-night overnight camp in Blue Mountain, Ontario! 

Retreat activities include: daily tutoring and learning support, mindfulness and self-development workshops, physical activities, peer-peer socialization, and mentoring - all tailored to the specific and unique needs of Black girls. 


PTBI follows strict youth programming guidelines for all our programs. Engaging Girls will maintain a 4 to 1 ratio between participants and staff onsite. The program will adhere to COVID-19 provincial guidelines (which include, rapid COVID-19 testing, deep cleaning, strict protocols, etc.) to reduce risks.


This program is completely free for participants! 

To register, applicants must: 

- Identify as a girl or non-binary youth
- Identify as Black
- Be going into grades 8, 9, or 10 in September 2021


To apply for a spot, please complete the form below.

Please note: We are using a first-come, first-eligible, first-serve system.

Space is limited. Apply early!  Click the link to fill out the application

Deadline July 23rd, 2021





Engaging Girls: Empowerment, Leadership, Development & Action (EGELDA)

The Engaging Girls: Empowerment, Leadership, Development, and Action (EGELDA) program addressed the challenges that participants face in developing their social identity and maintaining positive healthy relationships with their peers. It also helped to encourage gender equity and development through youth civic engagement on social issues that are youth-driven and led.


EGELDA was a yearlong mentorship and leadership program that focuses on empowerment for girls of colour through critical engagement with information communication technology (ICT), social media and civic engagement. Our participant group was girls from marginalized groups between the ages of 14-18 in the Pickering/Ajax.