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February 25, 2010
Inspire Achieve Connect’ - a free Black History Month celebration and networking event at City Hall for youth
The City of Toronto is hosting Inspire Connect Achieve, a free career discovery and networking event for youth celebrating Black History Month. The event is designed to honour Black history and heritage while exposing youth to new career opportunities and professional connections.

Inspire Connect Achieve will be MC’d by Farley Flex, music producer and Canadian Idol judge, and Michael Opuko, a young CEO and entrepreneur.

Mayor David Miller will be at the celebration to greet the participants and kick off the day’s events, which will include a libation ceremony, musical and spoken word performances, and a keynote address by Dr. Jude Igwemezie, owner of Applied Railroad Research Technologies.

Date: Saturday, February 27

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The attendees will participate in panel discussions featuring top local Black professionals, entrepreneurs and skilled tradespersons from a variety of industries. Several opportunities have been planned for the youth to network and get connected with mentors, who will spend 30 minutes discussing the youths’ career aspirations. There will be employer information displays and the TTC will be on site accepting summer and temporary job applications from the youth.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Cher Jones, Senior Coordinator, Cluster A Communication Unit, 416-392-5349,



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