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.
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. Stay tuned for beneficiary activations and how you can help.
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 youth 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.
I started my career in PUYO as a general volunteer for Night it Up! 4 years back, where I first discovered my interest for the organization. I joined the Logistics team for NIU! the year after thinking that it'd be like any other extracurricular, but the experience and connections that I got in return was unparalleled by any committee that I’ve been on in the past. PUYO has provided me with many opportunities to improve my leadership and communication, along with technical skills that would not be taught in school. PUYO started off to be just another organization, but once you get to know everyone, you become part of a tightly knit family that work together to plan and execute events.
PUYO provides youths the opportunity to develop leadership skills, build empowerment, and giveback to the community through various projects. I hope to show others the many different ways they can grow and find self fulfillment through PUYO. Working with such passionate people fosters motivation in myself to do something bigger and create a positive impact in someone else's life. I am grateful to be apart of such an inspiring organization.
My name is Betty and I'm this year's beneficiary director. I currently study performance production at Ryerson University. I've been a part of PUYO since 2016 and have had the chance to be on multiple NIU! teams. Joining PUYO has given me a chance to develop professional skills in a safe and forgiving environment, as well as have fun and meet an amazing group of people.
Joining PUYO provided me with the opportunity to give back to my community and develop personally while meeting new people along the way. I’m incredibly thankful to be surrounded by a group of kind and dedicated individuals who have become my friends and mentors throughout the years. As I enter my 5th year with the organization, I’m excited to take on the role of Sponsorship Director and pay it forward to the next generation of PUYO members.
I started my journey within PUYO many years ago while I was in high school along with one of my best friends. Although I had been active for only a year, the friendships and experiences left a lasting impression on me. It's been my goal to facilitate an environment that's conducive to great relationships and experiences for the new generation.
Hey! I'm Grace and I'm currently completing my thesis in Graphic Design and minoring in expanded animation at OCAD University. Back in 2015, I met a previous creative director who was also a studying there. I joined on immediately and have been a member of the creative team for 3 years. So I am extremely excited to be the creative director this year after the experience I had working alongside all my fellow talented peers. The dynamic that the organization brings is something I always admired, which allows us youth the opportunity to operate in an environment where our work will have direct cultural impact on the city of Toronto and beyond. That is why I have stayed on with PUYO all these years, and why I’m looking forward to what this position will bring to me and my team in the coming year.
Power Unit Youth Organization was first exposed to me at a local youth fair. Learning that events such as Night it Up! and Level Up Career Conference were run by youth astonished me! PUYO is one of the most dedicated, passionate and professional groups of youth I have ever seen. This is my second year in PUYO and I believe that all individuals, regardless of age should take an active role in their communities. One way to achieve this would be to join and participate local groups or organizations such as Power Unit where you will have access to a huge network of like-minded individuals who you can lean on for help and guidance!
Youth Development Director
In 2016, I was looking to join a youth organization and found PUYO. During my first two PUYO years, I was LUCC chairperson where I greatly improved my leadership, communication and organization skills. PUYO gave me opportunities to make an impact in the community while also growing as a leader!
PR & Marketing Director
I joined PUYO looking for experience in my field before graduating university; several of my high school friends had been involved with the organization for years, so I gave it a shot. What came of it was not only a great resume boost, but a year of incredible personal growth and professional development. Three years later I’m still here hoping to help other develop their skills and hopefully learn more about themselves as well!
Night It Up! Chairperson
I first joined PUYO four years ago as an opportunity to give back to my community and to add something new to my resume. As a shy teenager who was learning to transition into university, this organization has offered me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and take on challenges to help me develop skills that will be beneficial throughout my lifetime. Joining PUYO is something that I would definitely never regret!
Night It Up! Vice Chairperson
Since joining PUYO in 2016, I have volunteered as a general volunteer, then to the logistics team and director, and finally as Night It Up! vice-chairperson. I intended on joining Night It Up! to volunteer on the traffic team, to work on my conflict resolution and communication skills. Since then, I have expanded my skillset, with a focus on transparency and integrity into all my work in PUYO. In addition, PUYO has enabled me to better express myself and my thoughts, and listen to other stakeholders on the best way forward that aligns with PUYO's pillars.
Night It Up! Vice Chairperson
I joined the PUYO family six years ago taking on a variety of roles within the organization, including Finance, NIU! Logistics, and NIU! Sales. Each of these opportunities have given me a chance to grow and develop new skills. Along the way, I’ve met lifelong friends and worked alongside people who I’ve come to admire and respect. Taking on the role of Night It Up! Vice-Chairperson this year, I hope to share my experience within NIU! to help aspiring leaders achieve their personal goals.
The E3 Challenge Co-Chairperson
This summer, I participated in The E3 Challenge as a competitor. It was an unforgettable 2 months where I learned so much and met so many amazing people. It was unlike any other business case competition I’ve ever participated in, The E3 Challenge gave me opportunities to apply what I’ve learned to real-world challenges. I’m excited to return as the Co-Chairperson and I hope to make it an even better experience and to help other students gain real-life experiences and opportunities. I’m glad to be apart of The E3 Challenge again and I can’t wait to see what happens this year!
The E3 Challenge Co-Chairperson
The E3 Challenge was a life-changing experience for me. I participated in the summer of 2019 and I have never learned so much in the span of two months. I enjoyed every challenge and even more, I enjoyed meeting everyone along the way! It gave me the opportunity to apply my knowledge to real-world challenges and learn new things too. The experience was unforgettable and I knew I needed to be apart of it again. I now return as the Co-Chairperson and I hope to help others blossom and flourish as well. With that, I am eager to see what this year will bring and thankful for this amazing opportunity!
Art Takeover Chairperson
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.
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 youth the opportunity to discover, learn and empower their skills to better prepare themselves for the future.
Public Relations & Marketing
I am grateful for the opportunity PUYO gives me to make a positive impact in my community and to help empower youth to reach their full potential.
PUYO has always supported me in my endeavors and played a huge role while I was growing up during my adolescent and university years. By being the Youth Development Director, I want to give back to the community and the organization and help each member grow, just as my mentors have always been there for me.
I joined PUYO because it is an organization that encourages youth to develop skills that will make an impact in the community and their life. I want to help them explore new things, take risk and discover their skills and interest.
Governance and Compliance
I am excited to part of an organization that helps cultivate leadership skills for youth while contributing to charitable causes in the community.
Initially I joined Power Unit with little intention. Soon after I found myself part of a wonderful family who works hard to care for the community.
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.
Innovation and Strategy
Over the years, PUYO became my 2nd family and empowered myself to focus on youth development and the community. Without PUYO, I wouldn't be who I am today.
Justin G. Persaud, J.D., LL.M.
Zach D. Ho