Impact Design Lab and CGC Educational Communications launch a youth program

Impact Design Lab, in partnership with CGC Educational Communications, is launching  a six-week program that challenges youth to reimagine what Toronto will look like in a post-pandemic world.

My T.O. in 10 is an  online event that brings together Toronto’s urban thought leaders – working to build and change Toronto – with over 500 high school students and educators across the city.
“The last year has brought into sharp focus the need for equitable and sustainable cities and our firm is committed to advancing the dialogue around this,” said Bruno Weber, a partner at KPMB Architects. “We want to contribute to the social and cultural well-being of our communities and create a positive impact through our work, which also includes mentoring the next generation of designers and architects. We believe My T.O. in 10 encourages the kind of forward-thinking in youth that we need now more than ever and KPMB is proud to be participating in and supporting this program.”

From May 18th to June 18th, the program will offer youth and educators four different courses that explore ways to make Toronto a more liveable city: creating climate change resiliency, building “15- minute” communities within the city, making incremental neighbourhood improvements and designing spaces for improved mental health.

“As urban planners, we believe in the importance of hearing from all residents of the city on what they hope for Toronto in 10 years. My T.O. in 10 is a great forum to have those conversations and inspire youth to become involved in the communities that they live in. Bousfields is pleased to sponsor and participate in My T.O. in 10; an important initiative to engage youth in the future of our city.” said Jocelyn Deeks, Partner – Community Engagement.

“Our team at My T.O. in 10 designed the program to empower youth through their voices and
creative ideas to build tomorrow’s Toronto,” Creative Producer, Raquel De Filippis, said. “We
wanted to ensure that the course content was engaging, to support experiential learning in
today’s online classroom environment. We set out a series of activities to bring students outside
into their neighbourhoods – to walk around and observe where they would like to see change.”

Twelve videos were produced featuring urban experts who offer a wealth of experience and guidance to support the youth inquiries. Educators invite planning and architectural practitioners into their classrooms as online mentors for the students to have direct access to their expertise. Finally, educators and mentors debrief their experience in culminating online presentations.

Project Lead, Marcia Cunningham, said, “My T.O. in 10 offers a unique opportunity for high school students who are studying urbanism to learn from some of Toronto’s top experts in the field. Through recorded talks and classroom mentoring, they meet and work with people who are actually in the process of re-imagining Toronto for the next ten years and beyond. Also, the experts get an infusion of youthful ideas about what young people, who will be functioning adults in ten years’ time, want their city to be. It’s a winning situation for all and will no doubt result in a better Toronto.” 

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