Youth Activists Inc. (YAI), is a non-profit organization focusing on the development of youth leadership skills, community organizing, and advocacy for youth-related issues within the province of Ontario.
Started in February 2019, YAI strives to push young people to advocate for issues that matter to them with their tagline “Ignite Your Passion’’.
Youth Activists Inc. hosts seminars, trainings, and overnight camps that give teenagers an opportunity to learn how to lead in their communities, all while serving different interests. We also strive to run community events for the benefit of everyone in our community.
Che’s Place is a youth centre operating in Bolton, Ontario, under Youth Activists Inc. It was created by the community following the passing of Francesco “Che” Molinaro. It offers drop in programs on Fridays and Saturdays for students in grade 7- 9.
Dmytro Basmat is a local community activist. In 2018, at the age of 19, he ran as a municipal election candidate for school board trustee in Caledon. In that time he heavily advocated for the Peel Youth Charter and successfully helped push through a motion to recognize pride month in Peel schools. He is most passionate about progressive social issues and mental health awareness.
Loucas Loucaides is a small business owner and digital marketing specialist. With a background in photography, videography and graphic design, he owns and operates media production company Lucky Element Media in Caledon and is heavily involved in the community. He is most passionate about LGBTQ+ issues.
Vasil Bourak, while serving as secretary, is also the president and CEO of Moscati Medical Club at the University of Toronto where he is a student with aspirations of becoming a doctor. He is most passionate about healthcare issues.
Olena Kania is a recent graduate from Ryerson University’s Criminology program, where she also completed a minor in Child and Youth Care Services. Her extensive knowledge of the Criminal Code, Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), and the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) allowed for the creation of Youth Activists Inc’s “This is Human Trafficking” awareness campaign. She is most passionate about women’s rights and human trafficking in Canada.