Youth Troopers for Global Awareness (YTGA) is a youth-led nonprofit organization that empowers and mobilizes youth to advocate for social justice. We encourage activism by hosting programs, events, and campaigns accessible to the public. In all that we do, we aim to benefit humans, animals, and the planet.
At Youth Troopers for Global Awareness we value:
ADVOCATING for humans, animals, and the planet.
CREATING space for learning.
EMPOWERING youth to engage in social justice dialogues.
PROVIDING youth with leadership, employment, and volunteer opportunities.
ENCOURAGING collaboration with the wider community and like-minded initiatives.
Vision & Mandate
At Youth Troopers for Global Awareness we are working toward a socially just and sustainable world through youth leadership development.
Our mandate is to encourage community dialogue, Interculturalism, artistic expression, and conscious consumerism while focusing on youth leadership development. In all that we do, we aim to benefit humans, animals, and the planet.
Studio.89, YTGA’s revenue generating social enterprise cafe and non-profit community hub, provides free space for events, workshops, and resources.
YTGA is Born
YTGA is BornMarch 9, 2006
Beginning in a classroom at John Fraser Senior Secondary School over a discussion regarding water and waste issues, a group of young activists band together – Youth Troopers for Global Awareness is born! Focusing on topics including child slavery, human trafficking, women’s rights, fair trade, and media influence on current issues, YTGA was determined to bring about local change through various art forms.
Theatre ProductionsJuly 7, 2009
Youth Troopers for Global Awareness expands into theatre productions, performing across the Greater Toronto Area to bring awareness to topics closest to them. YTGA continues writing “Our Voice”, campaigning against genetically modified foods, human trafficking and women’s rights, as well as creating visual art pieces.
Social Enterprise Brainstorm
Social Enterprise BrainstormJune 15, 2011
During their journey, YTGA identified 3 gaps in resources available within Mississauga.
1. Access to Fair Trade Goods
2. Lack of Free Venues for Nonprofits
3. Lack of Resources for Students
YTGA dreams of opening a social enterprise cafe that can fill all 3 of these needs. Welcome to Studio.89!
Studio89 is Born
Studio89 is BornJune 17, 2014
After three long years of dealing with zoning, fundraising, and garnering community support, Studio.89 finally opens its doors in March 2014! It is completely furnished by donations and community partners – from toilets to the paint of walls! Downstairs, the Studio.89 cafe promotes conscious consumption through fair trade and organic goods. Upstairs, the Artademic Resource Center offers everything from workshops, and free camera rentals, to computer programming and free film nights.
5 Year Anniversary
5 Year AnniversaryMarch 11, 2019
At 5 years old, Studio.89 evolves from a grassroots organization to an established community hub, showcasing events such as social justice campaigns, community panel discussions, paint nights, open mic nights, and poetry slams. Our free space is used by numerous organizations assisting with fundraisers, board meetings, and outreach events helping Peel Regional nonprofits thrive!
Studio89 Partners with Daniels Corporation
Studio89 Partners with Daniels CorporationMarch 8, 2022
Studio89 partners with Daniels Corporation and moves to one of Daniels’s communities called The Arc in Mississauga.