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RYP Honour Inaugural Realize Your Potential Youth Society’s Fundraising Gala

June 25, 2022, Delta Calgary South
Ways to Support the RYP Honours Gala
Gala Dress code: semi-formal

Sponsor The Gala-

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2022 RYP Honours Gala, from cash sponsors to in-kind support. Download Sponsorship Package.
For more information contact Sharon Cornwall

Donate an Auction Item-

The auction is essential to the event’s success, accounting for over 35% of the total amount raised for Realize Your Potential Youth Scholarship Fund. The event includes a Silent auction, so the possibilities are limitless. You can make your donation HERE or email Yohaly Mwamba, RYP’s Student Recruiter,



One of Calgary’s hip-hop heavy-hitters; Turrell Black was born in Calgary, Canada.

pictureBeing influenced by different cultures and genres, being of Jamaican descent but strongly involved in Alternative, Pop-Punk, and Rock music and culture, Black$tar became infatuated by the melodies, memorizing vocal and drum patterns, and later moved on to the piano. In 2011 he fell in love with hip-hop after listening to Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller, & T.I. In his grad year, Black$tar crossed paths with Calgary hip-hop artist @Deezy, and the two began doing show after show with Black$tar’s lifelong friend and fellow hip-hop artist @Stik.
The 3 three were booked full for almost three years and grabbed the city’s attention, as well as some big-time promoters landing their first major show in 2018, SmokePurpp, at the Palace Theater. The Outlaws, Kent Jones, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Nas X, the late Juice Wrld, plus sold-out shows in Kelowna, BC, And across Canada. Generating over 700k streams on Spotify & Apple Music alone, and more were put on his resume through 2019. Hot off all the hype in 2019, Black$tar is working on his debut album in the studio. You can listen to his new E.P. “Final Fantasy” Out on all streaming services.


Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, 22-year-old rapper DeSean Williams (a.k.a. $tik) got his hometown going brazy.

pictureStarting in 2017, connecting with life-long friend/recording artist Black$tar and mutual friend/recording artist Deezy, the trio began making music together and did 35+ shows in 3 years at countless venues across the city, including opening for Kent Jones and Outlawz.
In 2018, the trio was offered an opening spot by 10@10 for Smokepurpp at The Palace Theater. $tik’s debut album was produced. after seeing the increased attention to his work. During the process, the crew opened for the likes of Madchild, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Nas X, and the late legendary Juice WRLD. $tik also branched out to work with more creatives and artists like Yung Papi Bonito, Tony Toosick/Toosick, Doneze, Kuya Jerzey, YeahThisAlp, Max Storie, and more. In August of 2019, Death of Prince was released as $tik first album; in 2020, $tik placed top 5 out of 20000 in the vans musicians wanted for North America.
2021 $tik joined force with lifelong friend and fellow artist black$tar for a collab E.P. final fantasy alongside six unique singles released throughout the year. 2022 we are so excited to bring you lots of soulful music and live performances. See you there

The Melisizwe Brothers

The Melisizwe Brothers, (Mei - lie - seize - way)
Marc, Seth, and Zacary, winners of Showtime at The Apollo, and America's Most Musical Family.

pictureHail from Leduc, Alberta, Canada, and are three multi-talented brothers who have received international recognition for their incredible musical talent. The brothers shot to fame with the viral video of the Jackson 5 classic “I’ll Be There'', and would go on to have numerous appearances across the globe, in such places as Brazil, the Caribbean, Europe, the USA, and Canada. They have appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Apollo Theatre in NYC</span>, the Steve Harvey Show, Time Square, Little Big Shots UK, America’s Got Talent, Netflix, Nickelodeon, the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna and most recent winners of theNickelodeon musical competition show America’s Most Musical Family.
The Melisizwe Brothers partner their love for music, with their heart for giving back to the community. The Melisizwe Brothers created the Gold Mind Programs, where they donate instruments, visit schools, and mentor kids, all in hopes of inspiring their peers to go after their dreams.
When The Melisizwe Brothers are not busy touring and producing music, they perform at charity events that raise money and awareness for multiple causes. Notably, the World Pediatric Project, Youth Empowerment & Support Services, American Pediatric Association, YOU Awards, Integrity Children's Fund, CASA Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health, Little Warriors/Be Brave Ranch, United Way, SOS Children's Villages Canada, and SVG Disaster Relief Initiative Platform.
Follow The Melisizwe Brothers on Spotify , Apple Music, Deezer, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok and Snapchat.

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Television - Appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show:

Television - Appearance on showtime at the Apollo

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Councillor Courtney Walcott

Before being elected Ward 8 City Councillor, Courtney was a teacher and basketball coach at Western Canada High School.


In his time at Mount Royal University, he focused his studies on African-American History with a special focus on post-slavery North America. It was here when Courtney chose education as a pathway to helping build up his community. After graduating from Mount Royal University, Courtney completed an Education degree at the University of British Columbia prior to coming back to Calgary to teach. Courtney is a community builder and community organizer; his life has been dedicated to helping people realize their place in the world. In 2020, Courtney petitioned the Calgary Board of Education to form an anti-racism task force, and helped to bring together 15 community organizations to successfully advocate for $8 million in additional community funding from The City of Calgary.

Femi Akinsanya (she/her):

As a young, 1st generation, millennial black woman growing up in Calgary, Femi has experienced immense gaps and systematic barriers in various services and sectors locally.


As a racialized person, not only has she faced the systemic hurdles of Canadian society, but her experiences were compounded with my cultural values, religious affiliations, family, and sense of community. Sexual violence is an incredibly complex topic to broach in racialized and marginalized communities despite its prevalence; for many, sexual violence does not exist in a vacuum. Instead, it is coupled with several other forces and experiences inside and outside families, communities, systems, and institutions.
Femi is deeply passionate about unearthing communities’ unique experiences regarding gender-based violence, gender equity, and human rights. Whether professionally as the Education Program Lead at CCASA or as an advocate, a community-centred approach through a decolonized lens is an integral part of her work. This approach aids in directing services, agencies, and institutions in bettering and more purposefully serving diverse communities.

Ibrahim Sadiq

Ibrahim Sadiq is a third-year medical student at the University of Alberta. Prior to medical school, he completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree at the University of Calgary.


He’s very passionate about social advocacy and minority representation and has dedicated much of his energy to these passions as the co-founder and president of the UofA Black Medical Students’ Association (BMSA) and as VP External of the UofA Medical Students Association (MSA). In his first year, Ibrahim was also engaged as the VP Outreach on MD Admissions Initiative for Diversity and Equity (MD AIDE), which is an organization that works to address inequity in the medical school admissions process for students facing financial barriers, and from underrepresented backgrounds. Ibrahim also received the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation 2021 Top 30 Under 30 Award for his advocacy work. In his free time, he loves playing/watching soccer and basketball, learning Arabic, and spending time with friends and family.