Alternative Educator

Amanda Parris is an award-winning alternative educator who did not attend teachers college (on purpose).

Here is a brief selection of organizations she has worked with and projects she has worked on:

The Remix Project

  • Outreach Coordinator (2008-2009)
  • Managing Director (2010)

The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities.  Its programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Their mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success.

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The Each 1 Teach 1 Partnership at Central Technical School

  • Instructor (2011/2012)
  • Lead Facilitator (2012/2013)

The Each 1 Teach 1 Partnership is a culturally responsive workshop series designed to improve the success of Black students within the public school system.

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  • Advisory Committee Member (2010-2013)

This documentary  is an introduction to the issue of shadeism (also knows as colourism), the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary looked specifically at how it affects young women within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas.  ‘Shadeism’ explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as women of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion.

Following the viral release of the documentary short in October 2010, the producers created a feature length documentary on the issue that was released in 2015.

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Educational Attainment West

  • Steering Committee Member (2011-2012)

Educational Attainment West (EAW) was an initiative created by the United Way that sought to create supports for racialized and criminalized youth who are insufficiently supported by existing school and community systems. The goal of this initiative was to develop and implement a coordinated, collaborative, community-based response to educational attainment in Toronto’s west-end priority neighborhoods.

Nia Centre for the Arts

  • Founding Member (2009-2010)

Nia Centre for the Arts is an Afro-Diasporic arts and cultural space in the city of Toronto

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