Uplift Black Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion

Site: Barrie

Record #: BAR2235
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024
Last Full Update: 31 Oct 2023


Office Phone 705-230-6001
E-Mail info@upliftblack.org
Website upliftblack.org
Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/upliftblackorg/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/upliftblackorg/ 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/upliftblack 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbRtM2KhNICEFZ4xWXEzhMQ
Primary Contact Shelly Skinner, President; Email: shelly@upliftblack.org
Alternate Contact Honey Johnson, Centre Director; Email: honey@upliftblack.org


Address & Map
12 Dunlop St E
Barrie, ON
Canada L4M 1A3
Intersection Bayfield St and Dunlop St E (Five Points)
Physical Access Fully Accessible


Description (Service) Black and 2SLGBTQI+ led not-for-profit Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion based in Simcoe County, Ontario
  • works with community partners to UPlift the wellbeing of Black, 2SLGBTI+ people locally and educate nationally on combating anti-Black racism and discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation in Canada
  • connects to community through education, professional development arts and advocacy
  • Programs include:
    • Accelerate Your Black Business - collaborative program with the support of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College
      • Business mentorship, marketing and communications, collaborations to boost businesses visibility using the UPlift Black network as a pathway to help businesses become Investment ready.
      • includes Entrepreneurship guidance, networking, resource sharing
      • maintains a Black-owned Business Listing for Simcoe County on the website
    • YOUth by UPlift Black - Leadership building, creating opportunities for Black youth to connect/ support each other, confidence and self esteem building engagements, business start UP support, wellness supports including mental health and physical health and artistic development.
    • Wellness by UPlift Black - whole family wellness supports including resource sharing of wellness and social support organizations, food insecurities program, financial literacy programs, newcomers support program, advocacy, wellness classes and workshops
    • Black Artist Collective - Black Artists and Creatives working together with the support of UPlift Black to network, collaborate and share opportunities
      • Mentorship programs including arts programs to boost their creative business
      • Access to the UPbeat Box Creative Studio, Art and Culture opportunities offered to BAC members first, when they are marketed to UPlift Black through our stakeholders and clients
    • Proud by UPlift Black - all of UPlift Blacks pillars of support programs designed specifically for the 2SLGBTQI+ community with a focus on BIPOC individuals
  • UPlift Black is a chapter of Black Lives Matter Canada and a member of the Enchante Network
  • Volunteer Coordinator is Honey Johnson
  • Chair of Board of Directors, is Catherine Ankrah, catherine@upliftblack.org

Service Details

Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Hours Hours vary, by appointment only
Areas Served Simcoe County ; and surrounding area
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Email or visit website
Languages English
Fees None


Service Categories Cultural Heritage Groups ~ Black Community ; Cultural Heritage Programs ~ Black Community ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Cultural/Racial Issues