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.
You could call it my first job rejection, well volunteer job rejection. I was turned down as a grade 9 orientation leader, and needed my volunteer hours filled. When I stumbled across a volunteer fair, that's when I found out about PUYO! As a shy and timid grade 10 student, I joined the Night It Up! Sales team to work on my interpersonal skills. I had the chance to negotiate and sign contracts with vendors, and the timid 15-year old girl became history. Over the years in high school, PUYO became my 2nd family, with incredible mentors, and friendships that were invaluable to volunteer hours. This whole journey has empowered myself to focus on youth development and give back to the community. Call it cheesy, but without Power Unit, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
Three years ago, I started off in PUYO as a student looking for something to keep me busy when I didn't have school. I started off as a regular team member of the NIU! Logistics team and slowly climbed my way up to becoming Vice President of PUYO. With the guidance of my fellow PUYOers over the past couple of years, I learned to embrace change and step out of my comfort zone to become a leader. PUYO has given me motivation to meet new people and talk to people that I would have never thought to talk to before joining. PUYO has shaped me to become what I am today and now it's time for me to give back to our community and inspire our youths of today.
PUYO has impacted my life by allowing me to come out of my shell and develop both my confidence and myself more as an individual. Not only have I met some of the most amazing and supportive people in my life, I find myself constantly learning something new in everything I do.
PUYO has been a very rewarding experience where I have met and learnt from a lot of talented and motivated individuals who want to make a difference in their community. Over the years, I have embraced new challenges and opportunities which has helped me develop invaluable, lifelong skills. This year, I strive to do the same by creating unique and amazing learning opportunities for my team.
Youth Development Director
I've been involved with PUYO for 5 years and I've learned how to work in a team and manage my time much more effectively! It has also been an incredible opportunity to meet different people with varying skills and interests. This year will be my second year as PUYO's Youth Development Director and I'll be managing year-round recruitment, organizing workshops, evaluations, awards, and, of course, our organization's Annual Retreat!
Being a part of Power Unit has definitely had a large and positive impact on my life. I joined PUYO thinking I'd simply be planning events and running around NIU with a bunch of volunteers, but it's actually much more than that! Power Unit has allowed me to meet a group of talented & spirited individuals, and also improve my leadership abilities. The bonds and experiences that have been created through PUYO will be cherished and have made me the person that I am today.
Night It Up! Chairperson
My experience with PUYO has been filled with great people first and foremost. Working with such motivated individuals has fostered motivation in myself and has kept me in the organization for the 7th year now. I believe that the impact PUYO has had on me is something that will last forever and I will try my best to pass on that same passion and motivation to current and future PUYOers.
Night It Up! Vice Chairperson
Being in PUYO has definitely made me a more confident and outgoing person. I've been with this organization for 8 years and I started at the bottom as a Night it Up! volunteer in 2010. Through these 8 years, I've joined various teams within NIU! and this year I decided to step up and take on a leadership position as the Vice-Chair for NIU! this year. PUYO has taught me so much in terms of working as a team, leadership, and the ability to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. I've met many of my close friends (older and younger!) through this organization. The environment PUYO provides contains so much positive energy and provides a lot of learning opportunities that you can't really get anywhere else.
Night It Up! Vice Chairperson
Like many, I started out my PUYO journey as a high school student hoping to fulfill my volunteer hour requirements. That was almost 6 years ago. Over the years PUYO has given me experiences and memories that I would have never imagined for myself. I've made friendships that I know will last a lifetime and I've gained skills that I continue to use and improve upon. If you asked me 6 years ago if this was the me I envisioned for myself I would have laughed and said 'not in a million years'. As I continue to grow and learn I'd like to say thank you PUYO for giving me these opportunities!
The E3 Challenge Chairperson
My first contact with PUYO was through participating in The E3 Challenge during my grade 11 summer. Back then, we were all hungry for extra-curricular experience to put onto our University Applications. I applied, went through the interview process, and joined a team with 3 other guys. (I was the only girl on the team!!!!) I can unquestionably say that E3 was a great experience for me because although I did not win, I was not upset. I came out of the challenge as a confident individual who is proud of everything that I have accomplished. Without PUYO, The E3 Challenge would not exist, and I would definitely not be where I am today. Even after all these years, I am still where I was in grade 11, hoping to make the challenge a better learning experience for everyone. Thanks E3, and thanks PUYO!
Level Up Career Conference Co-Chairperson
PUYO is a home and a team filled with inspirational, uplifting peers and friends. It has enabled me to experience many "firsts", polish various characteristics, and work outside of my boundaries.
Level Up Career Conference Co-Chairperson
When I first joined PUYO, I knew it would definitely improve my leadership and communication skills as well as self-development. But more importantly, I got to meet kind, down to earth, and engaging people that quickly became my second family. PUYO has also given me the opportunity to give back to our community through philanthropy work while being surrounded by enthusiastic and hardworking people.
I have been a part of the organization since high school and it really helped me developed my soft skills and widen my connections. I met people of different ages so they varies from people who are in high school, university, or in the work force. It is a great platform that allows you to learn whether it’s from the workshops or through delegated tasks. It is an organization that welcomes everyone to be a part of the PUYO family.
What started off as volunteer position to kill some time ended up with an adventure of thrills and experience of a life time!
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 second year as Treasurer of PUYO, I look forward to working with such a talented group of individuals this year.
Operations Compliance and Control
I hope to uphold the achievements of this wonderful organization in encouraging youths to contribute positively to our community via philanthropy, and empowering them to develop skills to form solid foundations for their future.
Public Relationships & Marketing
Empowerment has played a large role in shaping who I am today. I aim to pay it forward with PUYO - youth dedicated to learning and making an impact.
PUYO provides me the opportunity to help others grow, learn, and develop valuable skills for their careers, all the while giving back to our community.
Community and Government Relations
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.
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.
PUYO is a family of passionate, influential and inspirational youth that gather to empower themselves and give back to the community.
PUYO continuously provides me with opportunities which allow me to break through my comfort zone and discover my inner potential.
Justin G. Persaud, J.D., LL.M.
Zach D. Ho