Raptors’ Siakam supports law students in latest charity initiative

Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam wants to bridge the gap between young lawyers and organizations working for positive social change. (Photo via Metropolitan Toronto University)

Pascal Siakam has become one of the best players in the NBA in recent years, highlighted by his selection to the All-NBA Third Team last season.

But despite all of his on-court success with the Raptors, Siakam is equally proud of his community work and his various charitable endeavors in Toronto and beyond.

On Wednesday, Metropolitan University of Toronto announced that Siakam, in partnership with the PS43 Canada Foundation, made a donation last summer to Lincoln Alexander School of Law to provide students with the opportunity “to gain work experience rewarding and remunerated with several organizations working for social change.”

“My father understood that education has the power to change lives and I try to honor his passion for learning through our work at PS43,” said Siakam. of organizations that have the public interest at heart is exactly the kind of empowering experience that can transform their future.”

The 28-year-old’s support has helped broaden the reach of law school Summer Experience Projects initiative and includes organizations that typically do not have the capacity or resources to give students and young lawyers hands-on experience during their summer vacations.

The goal of the initiative is to match students with “frontline organizations that support Indigenous, racialized and other equity-deserving communities who face poverty, discrimination or other systemic barriers.” the legal system and/or education, social and mental health services”.

“Our law school has a responsibility to prepare our students to become competent lawyers and engaged citizens committed to serving their communities with compassion,” said Donna E. Young, founding dean of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Siakam and the PS43 Canada Foundation for this generous donation, which has given our students an important opportunity to work hand-in-hand with communities to champion equity and social justice.”

The donation from Siakam and the PS43 Canada Foundation gave the organizations involved the peace of mind to bring young, aspiring lawyers into their work without having to worry about the financial commitment this would inevitably entail.

“Last summer, I had the opportunity to work with Justice For Children and Youth, a Toronto legal clinic that provides legal services to youth facing poverty and homelessness,” said Shardaine Rowe Brown , a second-year law student. . “Mr. Siakam’s donation to my law school has not only allowed me to gain legal experience without financial anxiety, but it has also opened a new avenue for a potential career as a social justice lawyer. Mr. Siakam’s generosity has directly impacted my future in a positive and meaningful way.”

The Lincoln Alexander School of Law is Canada’s newest law school, welcoming its first students in 2020.

Founded by Siakam, the PS43 Canada Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to impact children’s lives through education, encouraging financial literacy, sports and life skills to “teach children and give them an edge in society.

In June, the Douala, Cameroon native hosted his third ‘Coding for Champions’ initiative, in which the Raptors star and his foundation donated 150 laptops to young girls pursuing careers in the tech industry.

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