Youth Empowerment Collective event marks ‘significant milestone’

Events in Bradford included a flag raising as well as a ribbon cutting for a youth art exhibition

Families and youth from the Bradford area gathered at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library to celebrate a significant milestone with the Youth Empowerment Collective’s inaugural event. Founded by Francesca Licursi, the Youth Empowerment Collective aims to provide a platform for young people to engage, collaborate and create positive change locally, with a vision to expand their mission nationally.

The event was a day full of meaningful activities including a welcome address, a proclamation by the Honorable James Leduc, Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the flag raising ceremony led by our first Youth President, Freddee of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Among the highlights of the day was the presentation of the first Francine’s Hero Awards at Oxford Learning Bradford, which honor the outstanding achievements of local businesses and community programs that excel in fostering a deep sense of belonging among young people.

Attendees attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the youth art exhibit, which will be available for viewing until May 18, 2024. Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to participate in various activities, including a drawing for prizes for our talented artists.

The event was made possible by the dedicated support of volunteers, vendors and sponsors, whose contributions were critical to its success. The Youth Empowerment Collective expresses its sincere gratitude to everyone who generously gave their time, resources and expertise to make this event a reality.

Local dignitaries from Bradford and East Gwillimbury also attended the event in their support, reaffirming their commitment to empowering young people and promoting positive change within the community.

Call to action

As the Youth Empowerment Collective embarks on its mission to empower and inspire Canada’s youth, the organization invites individuals, businesses and community leaders from across the nation to join hands to create a brighter and more inclusive future for the next generation . . Our goal for 2025 is to expand the chapters to two more communities, each supported by a local youth chair.

To apply to be a Youth Chair supporting your chapter of the Youth Empowerment Collective in your community, visit our website and apply today.


“Today’s excitement at the flag raising and grand opening of the Youth Empowerment Collective was a poignant reminder of how we all need to empower and inspire young people – they are the future of this community and nation.” – The Honorable James Leduc, Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury

“Bradford West Gwillimbury Library and Cultural Center is always delighted to support and highlight local arts and culture in our community. We are proud to highlight the voices and work of young artists, while supporting capacity building for emerging and inspiring grassroots groups. making positive changes in BWG”. – David di Giovanni, cultural services manager, Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library


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