Wayne grew up in the Jane and Finch community and obtained a Child and Youth Worker diploma at Centennial College; he is currently furthering his education at Ryerson University for a Bachelor Degree.
Throughout the years Wayne has excelled in connecting with the youth of Jane and Finch because of his authenticity and respect he garners in the community.
Wayne has worked and volunteered for many organizations such as: Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, San Romanoway Revitalization Centre and YAAACE.
Being a youth advocate for young people has given Wayne the opportunity to experience a variety of diverse issues that affects the community and continues to give him the drive to be a part of the youth’s support system.
Youth Outreach Worker
Jelani ‘J Wyze’ has been writing professionally for 16 years.
An accomplished spoken work artist, his poetry can be found in “Word Up: Spoken Words in Print” and on EMI Canada’s companion audio compilation also entitled ‘Word Up’.
His articles have been published by the Toronto Star and included in Canadian civic high school texts.
“Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly” is his first novel.
In his role as Youth Outreach Worker, Jelani connects Jane Finch youth to the programs and services they need when they need them.
He has enriched the Thursday Night Music Drop-In program by engaging youth in conversations about what is important to them.
Project Coordinator – Asset Building Project
Having worked closely with PEACH through a research partnership between York University’s Faculty of Education and School of Social Work since 2012, Stephanie officially joined PEACH as a Project Coordinator in 2014.
Stephanie is a trained Sociologist and completed her Master of Education degree at York University in 2014.
Growing up in a small community in New Brunswick, she spent time as a youth in community based programs.
Stephanie feels strongly that community organizations in Jane Finch, such as PEACH are instrumental to positive youth development.
Stephanie is currently coordinating an exciting new collaborative project with Success Beyond Limits and The Spot! Where youth Wanna Be, introducing the 40 Developmental Assets Model framework of PYD to Jane Finch.