ABOUT JERMAINE

Jermaine is Social ARTrepreneur who is passionate about connecting and inspiring people to self-actualize. Jermaine is member arts-based social enterprise, The Heard (formerly Spoke N’ Heard). Through performance, hosting and speaking, he aims to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and hope.  Jermaine has had the privilege to perform and facilitate as well as collaborate with various communities in Ontario's social sector, including Hamilton, Toronto and York District School Boards, The New Mentality of Children’s Mental Health of Ontario, Children’s Peace Theatre, Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative, 360°kids, YouthREX and York University. His mission is to use his artistry and facilitation skills to make a difference in the community.

 


A CLOSER LOOK

I am passionate about creating a social impact and enterprise through my involvement in community arts and social entrepreneurship. I am pursuing mastery as a coach, performer, and host. Presenting on themes surrounding Hip Hop, Mental Health, Equity, Youth/ Community Engagement and Spirit. 

During my final year of university, I became very interested in community outreach and development. I began to participate and help various camps, retreats and programs focused on art, mental wellness, and leadership. In this short time, I learned so much about who I am and how I can impact others in a positive way.

I went from being heavily involved in community-based activity to performing, hosting and speaking at seminars and facilitating programs. It didn’t take long to realize that this is where I was comfortable. I felt confident, and most importantly, I was able to see that I was having a positive impact on those around me. I knew then that this was my passion...my vocation. I have since had the honour of supporting various events and workshops that work to empower grassroots movements including Spoke N’ Heard, The New Mentality, AVNU, Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) Collaborative and Grassroots Youth Collaborative (GYC).

 

Education, Training & Fellowship


  • Art of Hosting: Beyond The Basics, 2015

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs LaunchPad & Fellowship Program 2015

  • PATI (Performing Arts Training Intensive) Watah Theatrical Institute; July 2014- April 2015

  • Art of Facilitation Certification, AVNU x ArtReach x NIA Centre for the Arts, 2014

  • Grassroots Youth Collaborative Mentorship Program, AVNU Certificate, 2014

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, York District School Board, 2014

  • Restorative Justice Facilitation Certification, George Brown College 2014

  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Youthdale Treatment Centres, 2012-2013

  • Expert Academy x Elite Life Coaching Certification, 2013

  • High Performance Academy, Achiever’s Training on Advanced Psychology, Physiology, Productivity, and Persuasion, Online Master’s Course by Brendon Burchard 2013

  • World’s Greatest Speaker Training Advanced performance and promotions training for the world’s greatest speakers, by Brendon Burchard, Bo Eason and Roger Love, 2013

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training Part 1&2, Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, 2012

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training Part 3, Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute, 2012
  • Member of Psi Chi International Honour’s Society in Psychology, 2012

  • Bachelor of Psychology, Minor in Religion, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI; May 2012

  • Academic article published in North American Journal of Psychology, 2012

  • Awarded an Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 2011

Who Have I Worked With?

  • 360°kids
  • 4Rs Youth Movement
  • Albion Boys and Girls Club
  • AVNU
  • Canadian Alliance Black Educators
  • Canadian Mental Health Association- Toronto Branch
  • Centre for Social Innovation
  • Children’s Peace Theatre
  • Community Creative
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Grassroots Youth Collaborative
  • Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board
  • Inspirit Foundation
  • International Association for Youth & Mental Health
  • L.I.G.H.T (Lead Inspire Grow Hope Transform)
  • L.I.F.T (Let's Inspire For Today)
  • Lost Lyrics
  • Malton Black Development Association
  • Neptune Youth Committee
  • R.A.Y (Rathburn Area Youth Project)
  • R.I.S.E Edutainment
  • Spoke N' Heard
  • Success Beyond Limits
  • Studio-Y @MaRS District
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Community Housing
  • The New Mentality of Children Mental Health Ontario
  • Watah Theatrical Institute
  • YouthREX
  • York Centre for Community and Education
  • York District School Board
  • York University
  • Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative