The Congress conducts a nine-week leadership training for youth and leaders of tommorrow.


The program is available for young people ages 14 to 22. Participants must reside in the London, Ontario area and currently enrolled in a high school or post-secondary education institution.


The Program
Founded in 2000, Future Smart is one of The Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter's program designed to prepare young Black adults for the practicalities and art of living in today's society. The program is a continuum of learning beyond the educational curriculum. The strategies presented will help to offer a more balanced and focused life. 

This nine week program provides an opportunity for our young Black adults to gain experience in variety of topics including:

  • Communication Skills
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self Discovery
  • Black History
  • Post Secondary Transition
  • Health and Well-being
  • Grooming and Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Nutrition & Etiquette
  • Money Management

We are very excited about the program and feel that it will be a valuable experience for our youth, both now and in the future.

The nine week program culminates in a cotillion ball where the participants have the opportunity to showcase the acquired skills and talents. During the evening, each graduate  is expected to present a three-minute speech demonstrating the learned public speaking skills.

Our presentations volunteer their time, talent, energy and expertise and are the heart of the program. If you can help in any way (as a presenter, sponsor, donations, cash or in kind), please contact Liz Akano (President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter) at (519) 649-4666. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Apply to join the program.