ACCESS Program

Prior to March 2020, Empowerment Squared primarily engaged with our community through in-person programs focused on mentorship, access to post-secondary education, information literacy, and sports and recreation. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid shutdown of most in-person programs, Empowerment Squared quickly adapted and engaged with our stakeholders to understand how the organization could continue to support families during this unprecedented time.

Through assessments, we learned that several families were experiencing partial to complete loss of income, impacting their ability to purchase basic necessities such as food, household supplies, and hygiene supplies. Another emerging need was the lack of access to technological devices for children and guardians to access and actively participate in remote learning.

The ACCESS program was launched March 2020. Since its inception, the program has supported over 1000 individuals with food, household essentials, personal protective equipment, and access to technology.

Photo of young newcomer girl participating at an Empowerment Squared homework circle

ACCESS Tech

Empowerment Squared’s ACCESS Tech program addresses the gap in access to technology that disproportionately impacts newcomer, racialized, and marginalized communities in Hamilton.

The program delivers digital literacy workshops to youth, guardians, and caregivers and provides basic computer skill education to build confidence as participants engage in the education system, seek employment, and connect with loved ones overseas.

The program also distributes technology to the community to remove barriers in accessing equitable opportunities in education and employment.

ACCESS Tech

Empowerment Squared’s ACCESS Tech program addresses the gap in access to technology that disproportionately impacts newcomer, racialized, and marginalized communities in Hamilton.

The program delivers digital literacy workshops to youth, guardians, and caregivers and provides basic computer skill education to build confidence as participants engage in the education system, seek employment, and connect with loved ones overseas.

The program also distributes technology to the community to remove barriers in accessing equitable opportunities in education and employment.

Upcoming Digital Literacy Workshops

Cohort 1: Every Wednesday, June 15 to July 6, 2022, from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Cohort 2: Every Monday, July 25 to August 22, 2022, from 2:00 PM -3:30 PM

Cohort 3: Every Wednesday, Sept 7 to Sept 28, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Cohort 4: Every Wednesday, Oct 19 to Nov 9, 202,2 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Upon successful completion of workshops, participants will receive a computer.

If you would like to know more about the ACCESS Program, please call
(905) 393-5370 or email
info@empowermentsquared.org.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Empowerment Squared provides newcomer and marginalized youth with a diverse scope of programming that helps them to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits, build their confidence, and empower them to make safe and healthy decisions in their day to day life. All youth programs offered by Empowerment Squared are free of charge.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Empowerment Squared provides newcomer and marginalized youth with a diverse scope of programming that helps them to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits, build their confidence, and empower them to make safe and healthy decisions in their day to day life. All youth programs offered by Empowerment Squared are free of charge.