“I have confidence and purpose that I’m not just here to gain an education, but as a Christian, I can take those tools with me and reach out to the world.” – Kimarie Smith
In Toronto’s Jane and Finch community, many young men are lacking in positive role models. In an area where gangs are prevalent, it’s easy for them to feel trapped, with no other option than to follow the existing way of life. Kimarie Smith [BA Psychology, Business minor, 2018] and her husband saw the need to show them they have a choice. Together, they started a mentorship and leadership program called Generation Chosen.
They meet regularly at a local high school, discussing issues such as the criminal justice system, finding a job, managing their finances, applying to college and, most profoundly, growing in their relationship with God. After their weekly sessions, they build relationships with each other playing basketball.
In the beginning, there were seven or eight participants. In less than a year, the program grew through word-of-mouth to over 60. Many of them never dreamed of what was possible for their future. Now six of them are attending college and others have been introduced to apprenticeship programs for work in the trades.
Kimarie’s desire is to put her skills and education towards helping people reach their full potential. As a transfer student from another university, Kimarie found her past professors “[didn’t] really believe that God has anything to do with the human mind. At Tyndale, I learned how God has impacted our mind to do so many miraculous things.”
“I’m able to be a lot more understanding of [a person’s] circumstances. I have confidence and purpose that I’m not just here to gain an education, but as a Christian, I can take those tools with me and reach out to the world.” That is exactly what Kimarie is doing. Because of your support, she’s applying her hands-on acuity and academic knowledge towards a life-changing program in one of Toronto’s high-risk areas.