The Spotlight Series 2024

Season 3 – “Ask The Expert”

As part of our commitment to targeted outreach for youth resilience and safety, we are introducing a new dimension to the Spotlight Series in 2024, titled “Ask the Expert.” This exciting addition aligns perfectly with our mission to inspire 14-24 year olds to build life skills & develop healthy community connections.

Purpose: The “Ask the Expert” series aims to connect young individuals with professionals, mentors, and community leaders who possess specialized knowledge and experience in areas relevant to youth resilience and safety. By leveraging the expertise of these individuals, we empower youth with information and insights that are vital for their well-being and security.

Benefits: By incorporating “Ask the Expert” into our targeted outreach efforts, we provide a platform for youth to access valuable information and guidance tailored to their specific needs and challenges. These sessions not only empower them with knowledge but also strengthen their connections with mentors and community leaders who can serve as positive role models.

CYC CommUNITY podcast

Our CommUNITY podcast is a project facilitated by DTBY’s Community Youth Council (CYC); we are giving our young leaders an opportunity to step into bigger leadership roles and explore causes they are passionate about. Through this podcast we hope to highlight organizations in our community who we believe are doing amazing work, spread awareness about important issues and inspire viewers to get more involved in their community.

Ask the Expert – Jackie Boyle

For the first episode of our new season Ask The Expert we are interviewing YICD opening keynote speaker Jackie Boyle.

Jackie is a Track Sprint Cyclist and RBC Training Ground athlete who is currently training to qualify for the Paris 2024 olympics this summer.

In this episode we discuss Jackie’s training regimen over the next month and advice for youth while unpacking Youth Inspire Community Day 2023.

Be sure to check out Season 1 and 2 in the links above and get ready to be inspired!

Season 3 Title Sponsor – Civitan Club of Oakville

A huge thank you to the Civitan Club of Oakville for their incredible support! They are our Title Sponsor for Season 3 – Ask the Expert Series. We are beyond grateful for their partnership and commitment to empowering young people.

community podcast s2 episode #1 – cj and sean from nrg lites

Welcome to the second season of DTBY’s Community Podcast, this season we are discussing creating IMPACT!

For our first episode we were honoured to interview CJ and Sean from NRG Lites; two amazing

To learn more about this incredible community partner visit: https://www.nrglites.com xindividuals who are helping us put on our Play Day event on September 28th at Burlington Central.

To learn more about this incredible community partner visit: https://www.nrglites.com

community podcast s2 episode #2 – joseph from joe apps

In this episode, we interviewed a long-time DTBY supporter; Joseph from Joe Apps.

We had an amazing conversation about the impact of technology on youth and the importance of youth mentorship in a digital world.

To learn more about this amazing community partner visit: https://www.joeapps.ca/

community podcast s2 episode #3 – shaheryar from ljm developments

In this episode, we interview one of our lovely community partners who will be hosting a workshop at Youth Inspire Community Day (YICD) 2023; Shaheryar from LJM Developments.

We had an impactful conversation about Shaheryar’s career journey while discussing the importance carving your own path as a young person in the post-secondary and professional world.

To learn more about this amazing community partner visit: https://ljm.ca/

community podcast s2 episode 4 – steve from mini giants

In this episode we interviewed one of DTBY’s greatest supporters; Steve from Mini Giants.

We discussed the importance of giving back and instilling confidence in youth so young people can confidently tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow.

To learn more about this amazing community partner visit: https://www.minigiants.co/

community podcast s2 episode 5 – fareen from python’s pit

In this episode we interview the incredible Fareen; the founder of Pythons’ Pit.

DTBY is partnering with Fareen for the Pythons’ Pit 2023 Live Event at Youth Inspire Community on November 5th.

Are you currently a Canadian high school student who has a business or social enterprise idea that can change the world?

Apply to Pythons’ Pit 2023 for the chance to win $1000, receive professional mentorship and pitch your idea in front of an audience at Youth Inspire Community Day 2023!

To learn more about this competition and how to apply visit: https://pythonspit.ca/the-contest/

DTBY is looking also looking for mentors and investors in the community to support the dreams of the top 3 winners and bring their Big Impact Ideas to life. If you would like to support young entrepreneurs fill out this form to get in touch: https://forms.gle/sKke3juw1B5W6YTVA

community podcast s2 episode 6 – Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home (Arbor Memorial)

In this episode we interview one of our newest change partners; Tom from Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home (Arbor Memorial).

We have a impactful discussion about the importance of supporting youth, peer-to-peer mentorship and building practical life skills.

community podcast s2 episode 7 -Miranda Ayim

We discuss her journey with DTBY as a keynote speaker and CYC mentor, as well as the importance of community and youth mentorship.

Miranda will be joining us again for this year’s Youth Inspire Community Day on November 5th and will be hosting a workshop session.

Attending Youth Inspire Community Day is the first step in gaining access to exclusive mentorship sessions with Miranda in the future!

community podcast s2 episode 8 – Halton Learning Foundation

We have an inspiring conversation about his career supporting young people in need and the importance of empowering youth with the tools to succeed.

To learn more about the amazing impact Halton Learning Foundation is making visit their website: https://www.haltonlearningfoundation.ca/

The Halton Learning Foundation will be joining us at our Community Resource Fair prior to Youth Inspire Community Day on November 5th.

community podcast s2 episode 9 – Pythons’ Pit Winner 2015

In this episode we interview David; the manager of Corporate Citizenship at Volunteer Canada and the winner of Pythons’ Pit 2015.

We have an in-depth conversation about his experience applying and winning Pythons’ Pit, as well as tips for students applying to Pythons’ Pit 2023!

If you are currently a Canadian high school student, apply to Pythons’ Pit 2023 for the chance to build your professional network, skills, win $1000, receive valuable professional mentorship and pitch your idea in front of a live audience at Youth Inspire Community Day 2023!

community podcast s2 episode 10 – Tandia Financial

In this episode we interview our friend Carla from Tandia Financial Credit Union.

We engage in a meaningful discussion concerning the dismantling of obstacles to promote financial literacy, mental well-being, and the significance of mentorship programs.

To learn more about the great work our amazing community partner is doing visit: https://www.tandia.com/

community podcast s2 episode 11 – Leena & Kale

In this episode, we have a special interview with our dear friends and the dynamic pair, Leena & Kale.

During our discussion, we delve into the significant influence each individual holds, particularly among the youth. We also offer insights into what attendees can anticipate at their upcoming workshop during Youth Inspire Community Day (YICD).

Join DTBY on Sunday November 5th 2023 for a day of community building and inspiration, featuring performances by Sage Harris and DJ Frank Vinatra, presentations by Leena, Kale, RBC Olympian Jackie Boyle and many more!

community podcast s2 episode 12 – RBC

In this episode we are joined by Maria; a Community Manager at RBC.

We discuss how getting involved with the community and giving back has impacted the person she is today and the importance of preparing youth for the future so Canadians can thrive.

Tonight, DTBY is partnering with RBC to prepare youth for the workforce.

Join us from 5-6pm for RBC’s Rock Your Profile webinar! In this live webinar, you’ll learn strategies and tips on how to best build your LinkedIn profile, expand your network, and start connecting with professionals in your field.

community podcast s2 episode 13 – Kutana Wema

In this special episode, we are joined by Barbara; a registered psychotherapist and the clinical director of Redbird Therapy.

We discuss Redbird Therapy’s Kutana Wema Project in partnership with Wema Centre in Kenya.

This amazing program involves (1) a 2-week street outreach and knowledge share program in Mombasa Kenya and (2) an international peer trauma consultation program for people who do not have access to peer support.

DTBY is happy to share that youth from the Wema Centre will be joining us virtually at Youth Inspire Community Day and will be apart of our opening performance in collaboration with ArtHouse Halton.

Season 2 title sponsor

A huge thank you to Mini Giants for their incredible ongoing support!

They were the Title Sponsor for our Season 2 CYC Spotlight Series and a Table Host for the November 15th Donor Impact Event & Live Auction. We are beyond grateful for their partnership and commitment to empowering young people.

community podcast s1 episode #1 – taylor and whit from pflag halton

We are extremely excited to launch the first episode of our CommUNITY Podcast! We are beyond honoured to have PFLAG Halton as our first guests to this series. Listen to Taylor and Whit’s inspiring story about leading the charge to support and advocate for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities across Halton. To learn more about PFLAG Halton and get involved: Visit their website https://www.pflaghalton.ca/ Follow them on their socials @pflaghaltonrnrnCheck it out…

CommUNITY Podcast s1 Episode #2 – Halton Learning Foundation

We are proud to present to you the second episode of our CommUNITY podcast featuring the outgoing CEO of the Halton Learning Foundation; Lesley Mansfield. We sat down with Lesley to discuss the financial barriers students in Halton face and how her organization works to eliminate these barriers. Thank you for all the amazing work you have done throughout your career Lesley, we wish you a very happy retirement! To learn more about the Halton Learning Foundation and get involved: Visit their website https://www.haltonlearningfoundation.ca/ Follow them on their socials @haltonlearnfdn

CommUNITY Podcast s1 Episode #3 – Fayrouz from ROCK Halton

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community podcast s1 episode #4 – laurie from halton women’s place

In this episode, we are honoured to interview Laurie Hepburn, the Executive Director of Halton Women’s Place.rnrnWe discussed how domestic violence continues to be a huge issue in a post-pandemic world, how we can create safe spaces for women and young girls, as well as the importance of male allyship and youth leadership.rnrnWe encourage anyone experiencing domestic violence to access their 24-hour crisis lines:rnrnu003culu003ernu003cliu003e905 332 7892 (Burlington u0026 Oakville)u003c/liu003ernu003cliu003e905 878 8555 (Milton u0026 Halton Hills)u003c/liu003ernu003cliu003eu003ca href=u0022https://haltonwomensplace.com/chat/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022u003ehttps://haltonwomensplace.com/chat/u003c/au003eu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernrnTo learn more about Halton Women’s Place visit their website u003ca href=u0022https://haltonwomensplace.com/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022u003ehttps://haltonwomensplace.com/u003c/au003e and follow them on Instagram @haltonwomensplace.