Amanda Parris is a critically-acclaimed award-winning alternative educator who has not gone to teachers college (on purpose). Please see below for select examples of projects that she has worked with and on.
- 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. Our 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. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.
The Remix Project’s vision is to become an internationally recognized destination for recruiters from post-secondary institutions and corporations looking for fresh and exciting young talent and leaders.
For more info, please visit: www.theremixproject.ca
- Instructor (2011/2012)
- Lead Facilitator (2012/2013)
The Each 1 Teach 1 Partnership is culturally responsive workshop series designed to improve the success of Black students within the public school system.
For more info, please visit: http://e1t1.ca
- Advisory Committee Member (2010-Present)
This documentary short is an introduction to the issue of shadeism (also knows as colorism), the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young women within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl – all females of colour – the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, ‘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 have decided to create a feature length documentary on the issue. They continue to work on this project with the support of their advisory committee.
For more info, please visit: http://shadeism.com
Educational Attainment West
- Steering Committee Member (2011-2012)
Educational Attainment West (EAW) is an initiative created by the United Way that seeks to create supports for racialized and criminalized youth who are insufficiently supported by existing school and community systems. The goal of this initiative is to develop and implement a coordinated, collaborative, community-based response to educational attainment in the west-end priority neighborhoods.
- Founding Member (2009-2010)
Nia Centre for the Arts is a new organization that is creating an Afro-Diasporic arts and cultural space in the City of Toronto
For more info, please visit: www.niacentre.org
Voices on CHRY 105.5 FM
- Host and Co-Producer (2006-2008)
Voices was a weekly news radio show on the community radio station CHRY 105.5 FM that explored social justice issues and activism on a local and global scale.