Our music and our politics speak to a new generation of youth who are looking for more than the clichéd “bling bling” lifestyle and has led to us performing and connecting with a wide variety of artists such as Public Enemy,Drake, Dead Prez, Beenie Man, Shad K, Michie Mee, Maestro and K’Naan to name a few. Recently, our organization completed a tour of several Toronto high schools, resulting in filled auditoriums, stunned faculty and hundreds of students becoming aware of many often overlooked issues.
By speaking out in the community, bridging the gap between youth and authority and challenging their minds, we can connect with young people from all walks of life and help them better understand their place in their community, their society and in history.
From speaking one on one to offering in-depth and engaging workshops for youths aged 10 and under, 10 to 13 years of age and for 13 +, Stolen From Africa creates a unique forum that connects what the youth are learning in their studies to what is going on in the real world. By using the language and culture of Hip-Hop, true expression can be fostered, allowing education and understanding to grow without preaching.
Stolen From Africa is an inclusive movement, offering our services to institutionalized youth, students and faculty as well as community organizations.
Youth Leadership Development Program
- Storytelling (Personal Identity, sharing history)
- Personal Mission & Vision (Knowing self and goals / Awareness)
- Community Identity (Cultural Communities “Multiculturalism”, Low-Income Communities,
- Communities labeled “Priority & At-Risk”)
- Team Building (Creating connections)
- Personal Strengths (Personal Strengths and areas for growth)
- Social and Political Change (How does it happen? Why does it happen?)
- Organizing and Learning Styles (In our groups and our lives)
- Organizing & Task Management
- Reflection & self-evaluation (What do I want to do?)
- Mentorship (Mentors from community connected to students)
Black Diaspora Experience & African History
- Black Community Needs (Toronto / Canada / Global)
- Cultural & Indigenous Issues (African, Aboriginal, Tamil, Aboriginee, Maroons)
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Life on the Plantation, Resistance to Slavery, Emancipation, Life after Emancipation)
Since 2005, SFA has facilitated over 75 workshops and presentations to over 50 schools, community centres and conferences.
Toronto District School Board Schools
Marc Garneau C.I.
Lawrence Park C.I.
George Harvey C.I.
York Memorial C.I.
C.W Jeffery’s C.I.
Firgrove Public School
Contact Alternative School
Downsview Secondary School
York Humber High school
Dave and Mary Thomson C.I.
2012 – Stolen From Africa, RealTV Documentary – www.sfarealtv.com
2008 – Un-Habitat invited SFA to a youth violence summit in Durban, South Africa ’08
2008 – Globe and Mail article: SFA alternative ways of engaging youth.
2007 – Africville Documentary sponsored by Canadian Heritage and National Film Board (NFB)
2006 – David Miller writes letter of support for SFA in Toronto Schools