Jack Layton Summer Leadership School 2015

Friday evening, June 12
6:30 Registration
7:00 Welcome by Aboriginal elder: Joanne Dallaire
7:15 Introduction of the Jack Layton Summer Leadership School
7:30 Key note speaker: Kofi Hope
8:00 Speaker: Deena Ladd
8:30 Entertainment: Spoken word: Truth

Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate. He has over 10 years of experience in managing community based programs.  In 2005 he founded the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, a group which advocated for real solutions to the issue of gun violence. Currently he is the Managing Director of Community Empowering Enterprises (CEE) a non-profit which creates economic opportunities for Black youth in Toronto.  He has delivered over 60 speaking engagements in Canada and the UK.

Saturday June 13
9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome
10:00 Introduction to Marshall Ganz Organizing Curriculum, to learn more:
10:20 Power of the public narrative: how to tell your story to inspire others to take action
12:20 Lunch
1:05 How to devise an effective strategy
2:10 How to select tactics that align with your strategic goals
4:15 Learning and evaluation

Sunday June 14
9:45 Registration
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Building relationships: how to recruit, train and retain volunteers
12:15 Lunch
12:45 Energizer and group photo
1:00 Structuring and building teams
1:15 Difference between organizing and mobilizing
1:40 Public Narrative part two
2:45 Sharing our narratives
4:15 Learnings and Evaluation and Introduction to the week ahead

Saturday June 20
9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome back
9:40 Panel discussion on campaigns:

A National Inquiry on Murdered and Missing Women (Audrey Huntley), Refugees and Immigration (El-Farouk Khaki), Affordable Child Care (Ausma Malik)

El- Farouk Khaki- Refugee and Immigration Lawyer and human rights activist on issues including gender equality, sexual orientation and progressive Islam.

Ausma Malik- School Trustee, Toronto District School Board, Ward 19. Child care activist. Former Community Outreach coordinator at the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Audrey Huntley- Audrey is of European settler and Indigenous ancestry. She was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Europe as a young adult. She lived and worked there organizing in social justice movements for 18 years and earned a Masters Degree in political sciences at the Philipps University of Marburg. She returned to Turtle Island in 1998 and has been involved in anti-colonial struggles in BC and Ontario ever since. Audrey is a documentary filmmaker and paralegal based in Toronto. She is the co-founder of No More Silence and works at Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto.

Ausma Malik- School Trustee, Toronto District School Board, Ward 19. Child care activist. Former Community Outreach coordinator at the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

11:00 Break
11:15 Anatomy of effective civic engagement Sean Meagher

Sean Meagher is a partner at Public Interest. He is also the Executive Director of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the voice of Canadian physicians who support our public, single-payer health system. With thirty years of experience, he has worked closely with communities, governments and non-profit organizations. Sean also has great experience leading successful community engagement and government relations’ projects.

12:30 Lunch and Speaker Carolyn Egan

Steelworkers Toronto Area Council President Carolyn Egan is a long-time labour and women’s rights activist. In the 1980s she co-founded the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics, where she played a major role in organizing Toronto’s annual International Women’s Day march. It was the definition of women’s ‘choice’ over their lives that broadened the organizing. Her work supports women’s labour, reproductive freedom and justice, gender identity and essentially building an equitable and just society.

1:15 Formation of an effective message and working with media Brad Honywill
2:30 Break
2:45  Fundraising for a cause, including high donors, direct ask through mailings and online, events with Allison Bain and Suzanne Gibson

Allison is a Director of Philanthropy at YWCA Toronto and is a not-for-profit champion of portfolios including: fundraising; strategic, business and operational planning; human resources; volunteers; and governance. Bain was the VP for Human Resources and Planning and the Associate Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Working with key Board members, Bain raised $50 Million in capital funding for TIFF. In 2001, she was recognized in Parliament as a “Canadian Woman Who Make a Difference.” Allison Bain has a Certificate of Advanced Human Resources Management from the Rotman School of Management.

For over 20 years, Suzanne Gibson has worked in the Canadian non-profit organization as a gifted consultant with a personal commitment to social innovation and the creation of a better world. She has worked with grass-root, city, municipal, provincial, national and international organizations as well as universities and larger federations and associations in many sectors. She inspires new and established organizations to “dream big” and unite around an idea, strategy or plan to turn those dreams into reality.

4:15 Debrief and evaluate

Sunday June 21
9:45 Registration
10:00 Welcome back
10:05 Online organizing training: strategy and theory of change and the use social media Jennifer Hollett

Jennifer Hollett is an award winning broadcast journalist (CBC, CTV, MuchMusic) and a leader in Canada’s rising generation of community organizers and activists redefining politics. As a leading digital expert, Jenn uses social media to increase participation and mobilization in politics and social issues. She studied public policy at Harvard University where she obtained her MPA, and is a regular teaching fellow for Professor Marshall Ganz at Harvard Kennedy School.

12:05 Lunch and speaker Trustee Tiffany Ford

Elected as Toronto District School Board Trustee, Ward 4, Tiffany Ford is working towards bettering schools, accessibility to quality education and serving youth in York West.  Tiffany Ford is the founder of the Ford Global Group, a parent company of marketing communications firm Ford Publicity, and telecom company Popeyee Communications. Listed on the 2012 Top 100 Global Publicists and PR Firms for Social Media, she won the Service Award at the 2013 African Entertainment Awards. Ford has a honorary bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and Sociology from York University.

1:00 Public Speaking Mo Waja

Former President and Founder of Ryerson Speech and Debate Association. IMPACT Presentation Training Creator and Instructor. Marketing Coordinator at SPLICE  Software Incorporated.

2:30 Break
2:45 Summarize learning and evaluation
3:05 Commitment
3:20 Multimedia presentation and celebration
3:30 Speaker tbd
3:45 Conclusion

revised June 2