Power Unit Youth Organization

To Believe. To Care. To Act.

Make a difference
About Us

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.

Join Us!


Each year, passionate youth of Power Unit Youth Organization vote on a charitable initiative to support throughout the year. All on-site proceeds go towards a selected beneficiary charity. To date, Night It Up! and Power Unit Youth Organization has contributed over $143,000 to various charitable initiatives in the GTA.


Night It Up!

Our flagship project is a combination of youth spirit and social responsibility resulting in a three-day night market celebrating Asian food and culture.

The E3 Challenge

A hands-on business competition complete with mentors and workshops for youth to gain valuable real world experience.

Level Up Career Conference

The Level Up! Career Conference is an opportunity for youth to learn about and explore different career paths by connecting youth with real world professionals who are put into distinctive subject panels with a mix of professional work and unconventional careers.



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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.

Jessica Peng


Jessica Peng

Three years ago, I found myself involved with Power Unit as a participant in one of its projects, The E3 Challenge. I never thought I would be the President of PUYO, yet here I am. Even throughout the pandemic, organizing various projects and working with different teams have helped me learn and develop myself tremendously. With another year ahead and a passionate team by my side, I cannot wait to see what new heights we reach!

Saarukan Suhanthan

Creative Director

Saarukan Suhanthan

Samantha So

Health & Safety Director

Samantha So

Over the past 5 years, PUYO has given me many opportunities to grow my leadership skills through hosting Level Up Career Conference and skills workshop with a team of dedicated volunteers! I love to work in projects with others to enact the PUYO values which are also my own!

Joanne Leung

Finance Director

Joanne Leung

Hey! I'm Joanne and I'm currently studying accounting and finance at the University of Waterloo. I first joined PUYO back in 2019 as a finance intern. Since then, I have had the chance to develop my leadership and and technical skills while being mentored by industry professionals. I’m excited to serve as the Finance Director this year, and I look forward to making an impact in the community!

James Luo

Web Director

James Luo

Being in Power Unit has taught me a lot about leadership and collaboration. I'll continue to try and assist others in achieving their goals.

Kenneth Lo


Kenneth Lo

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.

Sally Woo


Sally Woo

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.

Laura You


Laura You

I have been with PUYO for over 8 years now, creating a strong community. I hope to provide the same guidance and mentorship PUYO has given me to the next generation of PUYOers.

Karen Ng

Karen Ng

I've been with PUYO for almost 8 years and i've played different roles in this organization, starting as a regular volunteer at NIU! to where I am now. I want to help shape our future generations to become the leaders they can be and empower our youth to achieve what they previously thought to be hard to achieve. It's time to give back to the community.

Tiffany Huynh

Compliance and Governance

Tiffany Huynh

PUYO allows me to empower our youth by providing mentorship while giving back to the community.

City of Markham

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City of Toronto

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Reel Asian

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Markham Wesley Centre

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Advisory Council

Frank Scarpitti


Advisory Council

Dennis Flaherty


Legal Advisor

Justin G. Persaud, J.D., LL.M.


Youth Development Trainer

Zach D. Ho

Youth Development Trainer

Annie Lim

Youth Development Trainer

David Markwell

Youth Development Trainer

Kester Ng

Youth Development Trainer

Alexandra Lam

Why join us?


  • PUYO Annual Award
  • PUYO Service Awards
  • PUYO Awesome Awards


  • Two $500 PUYO Scholarships


  • Various workshops available to all members
  • Resume Review Service

Leadership Development

  • Leadership Conference
  • PUYO Annual Retreat

Community Involvement

  • Community Service Hours available
  • Access to External Awards and Scholarships
  • Working directly with community partners and beneficiary
Interested to start yourself?
Are you a team player between the ages of 15 - 26 with a passion for community involvement and a drive to learn new things? Join us!