Founded in 2002, Power Unit Youth Organization is a youth-driven non-profit organization based in the Greater Toronto Area, striving to promote youth development and empowerment through philanthropy. Run by youths, for youths, we plan and execute events to show the impact one can make in the community while encouraging the act of giving back. Through organizing philanthropic projects, youths are given the opportunity to grow, self-explore and be a part of something bigger than themselves.
PUYO Vision: To Believe. To Act. To Care.
Nurturing and developing today's youths to tomorrow's leaders.
Making a safe place for everyone to build self esteem and mutual encouragement.
Working hard for a good cause.
Our flagship project is a combination of youth spirit and social responsibility resulting in a three-day night marketing celebrating Asian food and culture.
A hands-on business competition complete with mentors and workshops for youths to gain valuable “real world” experience.
trained youth leaders
fundraised for local charities
With 150+ current members from age 15 - 26, our roles include but are not limited to
project management, marketing, stage management, community relations and contingency planning.
PUYO continuously provides me with opportunities which allow me to break through my comfort zone and discover my inner potential.
PUYO has allowed me to grow more than I believed I can and it continues to teach and shape me to become a better person every day!
I realized that being part of this organization is more than just planning events, but it has helped me develop my skills while giving back to the community.
Make a difference one step at a time!
Youth Development Director
PUYO is an incredible opportunity to become a better leader while giving back to the community. Joining PUYO when I was in high school has led me to a journey full of both friendship and leadership!
PUYO can be defined in one word and that is Family. The reason why I joined PUYO is because it’s a group of people that becomes your family and helps develop your personal growth.
Night It Up! Chairperson
PUYO is a family of passionate, influential and inspirational youth that gather to empower themselves and give back to the community. I'm looking to learn and grow with my Night It Up! team this year!
Night It Up! Vice Chairperson
Joining PUYO began as giving back, however it became so much more. I’ve made new friends, gained valuable skills and moreover learned about myself and others. I love you, PUYO
Night It Up! Vice Chairperson
PUYO is putting in 100% and receiving 200%. Working with awesome people and having fun just makes it that much more rewarding.
The E3 Challenge Chairperson
Power Unit Youth Organization provides an outlet to give back to others, and gives individuals an opportunity for community involvement and self development.
Level Up Career Conference Director
PUYO is an amazing organization that has let me get involved with the community and really feel like I’m part of something bigger than myself!
PUYO gives countless of opportunities for individuals to give back to the community while providing chances to develop skills that would benefit themselves as well as the public.
Power Unit Youth Organization is a group of people who care. The people of the organization want you to learn and succeed. It's amazing to be part of an organization that aims to inspire.
PUYO gives our members ownership of projects, providing them with experience, confidence and passion to achieve anything they set their mind to.
This is my first year as Treasurer of PUYO, I look forward to working with such a talented group of individuals this year.
Operations Compliance and Control
Developing youths by empowering them to make decisions and learn from their mistakes. Serving the community via philanthropy and keeping our youths engaged via our projects.
Philanthropy and Government Relations
In PUYO, we believe in the power of change; we see challenges as opportunities to do better. I am very grateful to be a part of this amazing team.
Public Relationships & Marketing
Joining PUYO was an opportunity to use my professional skills to contribute to the community and work with individuals who are just as passionate about volunteerism.
Community and Government Relations
Power Unit Youth Organization gives youths the opportunity to develop skills that are invaluable to their professional career and develop lasting friendships.
I joined PUYO because I wanted to be a part of an organization that truly values fostering the next generation and giving back to our community.
Board Youth Development Director
It is inspiring and rewarding to be a part of PUYO, an organization which engages youth and empowers them to be the agents of positive change.
Justin G. Persaud, J.D., LL.M.
Zach D. Ho