The project was created to promote greater civic engagement and community development in Malton by empowering adult and youth leadership in the South Asian Community with the aim of developing and strengthening new and existing formal and informal community networks.
The Malton Community Building Project focuses on community engagement, collaboration, parent education, health, literacy, recreation, support, training and sustainability. “South Asian Community” refers to people from the Indian sub-continent and from the South Asian Diaspora.
This project is a five-year community development initiative funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The goal is to empower community residents to become active and foster change within their community. A community engagement model was established to increase civic literacy and participation in the South Asian community.
Through education, support, training, leadership development, coaching and mentoring, Malton Community Building Project takes a collaborative approach and program to the community. Various community partners volunteer their expertise to the community in various categories such as:
These partners provide their services in order to host events, execute programs, provide training and mobilize residents.
The main objectives of the project are to increase a sense of belonging, increase awareness of services and support available in the community, enhance adult and parental involvement leadership in the community increase youth participation in leadership roles bringing the community together in overcoming ethnic and cultural stereotypes and barriers.