Centre of Learning and Development Partnership with The Sector

new regent park sewing studio for neighborhood women, empowering community

Supporting the Centre of Learning & Development’s Programming and Initiatives 

The Sector has supported the work of the Centre of Learning & Development (CL&D) for over two years by empowering community. Specifically, we have supported initiatives focused on employment readiness and social incubation. CL&D was founded in 1979 as East End Literacy. In 2006, it changed its name to reflect expanding initiatives and ongoing dedication to development and inclusion. Today, CL&D offers programs in: Adult Literacy, Leadership Development, Immigrant Integration, Civic Engagement, and Skills Development.

Research to Adapt CL&D’s Immigrant Women Integration Program 

Most recently, we finished a project researching CL&D’s Immigrant Women Integration Program. This free training readies newcomer women through certifications, classes, research, mentoring, and placement. Our research focused on adapting the program for the post-pandemic world. We ensured offerings meet employer needs, leverage trends, and address skills gaps. This research also supported CL&D’s application for Career College status.

Empowering Community Regent Park Sewing Studio Social Enterprise 

Additionally, we are fostering the Regent Park Sewing Studio social enterprise. This group of neighborhood women design, sew, take orders, teach classes, and sell at markets. They have a long partnership with OCAD’s DesignWITH hub focused on upcycling. With our support, they will formalize their partnership, develop sustainability plans, and grow their audience. We are honored to support CL&D’s continual innovation and inspiring empowerment in downtown east Toronto.

The Bottom Line: 

The Sector has supported the Centre of Learning & Development’s continual innovation and inspiring community empowerment through conducting research, providing advising, and fostering social enterprise. CL&D exemplifies anchoring community leadership. We look forward to our continued collaboration and are excited to see what’s next for this visionary organization creating real social change in downtown east Toronto and beyond.