About Us

Our History

The Freedom is a Must Foundation is a grassroots organization that takes a holistic approach to provide mentorship, opportunity and guidance to deter marginalized youth involved in criminal activity or at risk of being involved in a life of crime. Through advocacy, workshop activities and education, the Foundation provides at-risk youth and adults with a criminal past with hope, opportunity and a clear path to success. Our mentors offer support, guidance, and a positive outlook on life.

Mission

Our mission is to provide hope, opportunity, and a path to success through advocacy, action, and education.

Vision

Our vision is to create a safe space where at-risk youth can partner with mentors from the community who have overcome similar systemic barriers. Continuing this practice will break the stigma surrounding those that have made mistakes and ensure our societies that people can change.


“Making mistakes shouldn’t define a person’s character forever.”

Creating a positive impact in the lives of those in need

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OUR CAUSES

What we stand for

At our core we strive to create inclusive spaces for all to thrive, alleviate poverty, empower youth, combat climate change, advocating for social injustice, preventing crime, and supporting rehabilitation.

Crime Prevention

Preventing crime is about creating a safe and thriving community for all through education, engagement, and empowerment.

Climate Change

Climate change is a global crisis that demands immediate action from all of us to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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Fundraising

Fundraising is not just about raising money; it's about building a community of support and making a positive impact together.

Tackling Poverty

Poverty is not just a lack of resources, but a systemic issue that requires collective action and social change to overcome.

Youth Empowerment

Empowering youth is not just about giving them a voice, but also the tools, resources, and support they need to shape their own future and make a positive impact in their communities.

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Statistics

Statistics are not just numbers, but powerful tools to understand trends, identify patterns, and make informed decisions that can improve people's lives.

Legal Representation

We understand the crucial role that legal representation plays in ensuring justice and protecting individuals' rights. That is why we have compiled a list of highly skilled lawyers who are hungry for justice and the righteous cause.

30-day Pen-Packs

We are dedicated to ensuring that our efforts make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by incarceration. By offering the 30-Day Pen-Packs, we aim to foster a sense of connection, support, and dignity for both prisoners and their families.

Mental Health

Together, we can break the stigma surrounding mental health and ensure that everyone has access to the care they need. Join us in promoting mental well-being and creating a supportive society for all.

Programs For Restoring Relationships

R & R Programs aim to rebuild relationships and communities by addressing recidivism and supporting rehabilitation after criminal activity. They offer specialized programs focusing on diversity, belonging, and inclusion, suitable for youth, adults, and seniors.

Join the Movement

Let's take action by

“While one hand may wash the other and being bent we can be straightened out.”

From signing petitions and making donations to volunteering and participating in protests or rallies, every action counts.

Browse our Take Action Page and find the cause or initiative that speaks to you. Then, take the first step towards making a difference by joining our community of changemakers. Together, we can create a better world for all.

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Giving back in a meaningful way

 

Born in the island nation of Jamaica, and raised in the melting pot known as Regent Park, in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada, Christophe Lewis’ path has led him down many winding roads.

Having spent the better part of the last 16 years navigating the criminal legal system, Christophe’s lived expertise has afforded him the gift to exist in a diverse array of environments. Because the criminal legal system is largely hidden from public view, few have insight into what happens behind closed doors. Equipped with this life experience, Christophe, along with community leaders and friends has been organizing to ensure that criminal justice bodies are effectively scrutinized and held to account and operating humanely in line with international human rights standards.

Through relationship building and speaking engagements with McGill, Concordia and Toronto Metropolitan University, Christophe is actively working to raise awareness within academia to help shift the narrative to enact policy change within systems. Recently, Christophe has realized the establishment of his first non-profit organization, the Freedom Is A Must Foundation, where he endeavours to leverage the assets of his community to meet their needs around food security, mental health advocacy & youth mentorship, recidivism, and restorative justice. He is also working with Pact De Rue as a Youth Mentor through street work with young people aged 12 to 25 of all origins who are living through difficult situations.

Though his peers may describe him as a critical thinker, a natural entrepreneur, a compassionate leader, a selfless individual, and a humble being; Christophe considers himself to be a father first and a student of life always. He is based in Tio’tià:ke and is currently attending Concordia University, working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations. Family, community and the power of resiliency are values that keep Christophe grounded on his path and which he credits to his ability to continuously move forward despite adversity

Christophe Lewis

Founder & CEO

"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones."

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