Educator and community worker Mourace Scott hopes a new book he has just penned will serve two purposes.
The expectation is that it will help high school and post-secondary students reflect on where they came from and determine a career path. And most of the proceeds from the book will go to a peer enrichment program that will assist young people to develop financial, technological and business skills.
“This will be kids from challenged communities who are looking for opportunities in these areas,” said Scott who runs a consulting and training business in Scarborough. “I am going to start in this community and then look at others across the city. I am also looking to do a pilot in Jamaica and perhaps in the United States.”
Scott has already found willing community partners in the Warden Woods Community Centre and the West Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, with which he was associated for several years.
Born in Jamaica, Scott came to Canada at age four and attended Oakridge Public School and Samuel Hearne Middle School. The then Teesdale community resident volunteered at the West Scarborough Boys and Girls Club for several years.
“I spent most of my teenage life here and this is why I chose to do this book launch right here at the Oakridge Community Centre,” said Scott. “I always said that no matter where I go, I would come back to help empower young people in this community which is what I am about to do now.”
The book’s title is From Birth Through High, Asking Why?
“While the book was designed to help teens and young adults reflect on career choices, many adult readers will enjoy it also,” said Scott. “It will help them expand the career discussions they have with their children and look deeper at their own thought process.”
Scott took a year off from high school to work and make money to enroll at the University of Windsor, where he graduated with degrees in political science & economics, and teaching.
He taught for a few years before dedicating the majority of his time to his consulting and training business.
“Even though I love teaching and children, I was making more money in my business,” he said. “I teach for about 20 hours a year so that I can keep my license.”
The book is available at A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst Street.