“This program has opened doors for me I thought were closed long ago” – Former Look at My Life Project Participant
Amadeusz is a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto, running since 2009. Amadeusz aims to foster the opportunity among young people who are impacted by incarceration, violence and crime to create positive change in their lives and communities. Amadeusz focuses on various projects, including the Look at My Life Project, Project Prosper, Project Quiet Storm and Research Projects.
Look at My Life Project
The Look at My Life Project facilitates education programs for youth aged 18-30 who are incarcerated at The Toronto South Detention Centre, The Toronto East Detention Centre, and Vanier Centre for Women. The goal of The Look at My Life Project is to provide young people who are in detention with the opportunity, resources and support to complete their high school education and to explore, prepare for and attend post-secondary schooling.
Amadeusz, in partnership with Humber College, The Laidlaw Foundation and The City of Toronto’s Toronto Youth Equity Strategy, conducted research on ‘sparks’ for firearm possession among young people in Toronto. This research is the foundation for Project Prosper. This project works with young people aged 18-29 throughout incarceration and co-ordinates existing systems to support transition and foundation in community with the aim to reduce their involvement in future violence and crime.
Project Quiet Storm
Project Quiet Storm (PQS) is Amadeusz’s effort to continue advocating for equitable access to education for the remand population in Ontario. PQS is a group of stakeholders that was established to fulfill the recommendations outlined in Look at my Life: Access to Education for the Remand Population in Ontario (Woods, Gopal, & George, 2014) to ensure people held in remand will have equal and sustainable access to education.
Amadeusz engages in research projects. Please visit our research page for more information.