The girls of YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre (video)


Meet some the girls we’ll be helping become more empowered and valued:

YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre is a girls-only space. At the Centre, girls 9 to 18 years of age try new activities, develop skills and discuss topics in a safe place.

Girls build leadership skills, enhance their self-esteem, learn to live safely in their communities, make new friends and learn to understand and challenge the world around them. Girls and young women receive support on difficult issues, share ideas, express creativity, explore interests and plan their futures. And they have a lot of fun!

Programs at the Centre include media and tech training, mentoring, volunteering, leadership skills, participating in civic engagement, and arts.

YWCA Toronto Girls' Centre

More than a party with purpose. #HoHoTo

Ryan's article

See Ryan Taylor’s post on LinkedIn about HoHoTO’s new direction and request for mentors and partners. A copy is below.

More than a party with purpose. #HoHoTo
Published on November 6, 2015
Ryan Taylor
Founder, CEO at Consensas

In 2008, I shared an incredible experience with some incredible people co-founding a tech industry event called #HoHoTo; since then it has raised almost $400k for local food banks. That is a legacy for everyone who participated or attended to be extremely proud.

This year though we’re pivoting the event away from food and philanthropy to focus on impact and opportunity. We recognized #HoHoTo is more than just a ‘party with purpose‘ and that it had so much more potential as a hub that connects efforts to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits. It is a celebration of our collective influence to make positive contributions to the next generation of our community.

Our initial efforts will be directed at supporting a more comprehensive network for young women in the GTA to explore their prospective futures. The event will be the same great tech industry party it’s always been, just with a twist. Ahead of the event we’re inviting young women to meet with mentors and various agencies, like Ladies Learning Code, to ask questions, get advice and build new meaningful relationships.

2015 is just the beginning of a 3-year community challenge, to promote and fund a single GTA Girls Center. We finally have our sponsorship info [PDF] and updated website. We’re looking for mentors and partners; please join us in this worthy endeavor.

The Details:
See or, please reach out to me personally if you’d like to join us with organizing efforts.

Doing more for our community

HoHoTO began in 2008 with a call to arms on Twitter: Toronto’s digital mavens can do more for our community.

From that first event and every year that’s followed, we’ve fed countless Torontonians with over $350,000 raised for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

This year, impact and opportunity are our focus, as we bring the digital community together in support of organizations that directly affect beneficial change in our technology ecosystem.

Organizations with impact

Participating in HoHoTO year-round, beginning with this year’s holiday event Dec 11, 2015, are a number of organizations who are helping to drive opportunity, diversity, and innovation in the workplace now and in the future.

HoHoTO will be the hub that connects their efforts to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits.

This year’s participating organizations are:

YWCA Toronto with money raised going to YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre

Ladies Learning Code and their women & youth coding and technology programs

And we’re looking to bring more organizations on board to participate year-round.

Learn more about these organizations and our 3-year mission.