The Cypher: Black Male Empowerment Conference

Posted On Monday May 13, 2019
Cypher Conference
Edutainment and Digital Literacy

This year, The Cypher Black Male Empowerment conference will host keynote speaker, Randall Adjei, a spoken word practitioner and Edutainer who uses the spoken word to empower and create community through Edutainment. Adjei is also the founder of one of Toronto's largest youth-led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). Tech Spark, Canada’s first tech and design school committed to empowering children of colour, will facilitate workshops where attendees will have the opportunity to increase their digital literacy and bridge the racial gaps in technology. 

Black male students from grades 8-10 will have the opportunity at this year’s conference to network and learn about technology, design, and digital literacy while also engaging in positive transitions. The conference, set to take place Thursday, May 23, 2019, will offer students and staff in attendance a unique learning environment and the chance to meet and network with community leaders.

This conference will provide opportunities for sharing and growth, which will enhance students’ understanding of navigating through Grades 8, 9 and 10 and planning for their future.

Edutainment and Digital Literacy Headline This Year’s Cypher Conference

Event:             The Cypher: Black Male Empowerment Conference

Date:              Thursday, May 23, 2019                    

Time:              9:00 am – 1:30 pm                 

Location:         Durham College:  Campus Rec and Wellness Centre (CRWC) Oshawa Campus

                      2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

Audience:        Grades 8-10                

Media Time:    9:15 am – 1:00 pm


Arrangements can be made in advance or on-site for interviews and/or photo opportunities.


The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs over 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB and YouTube at DurhamDSB.