Who Are We?
The idea that that youth involvement drives change in communities drives Youth For Humanity. A youth-led, non-profit organization, Youth for Humanity builds youth from a range of academic, social, racial, religious and cultural backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations in Toronto to advocate about local and global humanitarian issues through its Humanitarian Ambassador Program. Alongside its local work with Humanitarian Ambassadors, Youth for Humanity also engages youth in its annual fundraising projects in developing countries. Since 2013, Youth for Humanity raised over $5,000 for projects in Turkey, Thailand and Pakistan.
We provide programs for youth to expand their knowledge of social issues. One of our main programs is the Humanitarian Ambassador program. For more information check out our humanitarian ambassador page.
We provide humanitarian aid through both our local and international projects. For more information check our local and international projects pages.
We advocate about local and global humanitarian issues in order to raise awareness and knowledge. We have monthly workshops for our Humanitarian Ambassadors, and we regularly post about issues on our facebook and twitter pages.
Markham student Fahmeeda Murtaza returned from an internship at the United Nations as a youth representative from Canada in 2013 with the idea to start an organization to increase youth involvement in standing up to humanitarian issues. With United States intern Johnnie Kenneybrew as Vice-President, Murtaza launched Youth for Humanity.The organization started at Middlefield Collegiate Institute as Youth for Humanity fundraised to feed Syrian refugee families in Turkey in 2013 and install solar panels on an orphanage in Thailand in 2014.
In 2015, Youth for Humanity expanded outside Middlefield Collegiate into Toronto. It became an official not-for-profit organization and launched its Humanitarian Ambassador Program, a program for youth to learn to take leadership on humanitarian issues. Under Murtaza’s leadership, Youth for Humanity expanded to be run by its Operations, Marketing and Communications, Programs and Finance subcommittees. In late 2015, Youth For Humanity introduced its International Affairs subcommittee headed by founding Vice-President Johnnie Kenneybrew.