London firm unveils $150,000 pledge to foundation to support black youth – London

London-based digital solutions company Northern Commerce has announced a $150,000 funding commitment to a Toronto foundation aimed at supporting young black people interested in the arts.

Northern Commerce says the Lead to Change Foundation has received an initial donation of $40,000 from the company, which will be used for educational resources and support facilities.

Additionally, the foundation will also see Northern staff members deliver pro bono teaching workshops to youth, while Lead to Change will deliver educational sessions to Northern workers. The company, founded in 2015, employs around 190 people.

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On its website, Lead to Change describes itself as a “community hub” dedicated to helping black youth “learn, grow and succeed through the power of transformative arts and wellness programs.”

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In a statement, Carl Blackman, executive director of Lead to Change, said the partnership would help advance the foundation’s mission to “provide a safe space where young people can explore the creative arts with access to standard equipment and to mentorship programs including print, design, photo, video, podcast and audio recording studios.

Michael DeLorenzi, president of Northern Commerce, said in a statement that minorities continue to see inequitable and unequal educational experiences.

“Being able to provide black youth in our community with similar experiences and resources that I had access to as a youth is extremely important to me,” he said.

More information about Lead to Change can be found on its website.

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Laura J. Boyer