youth leadership

July 13, 2017
  by Benjamin Jacobs  Grade 12 Student, Emery Collegiate Institute  YouthREX Youth Research Assistant; and NOISE Youth Fellow (2015 – present)     In February of 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services launched the 47-million-dollar Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (OBYAP) to tackle the barriers that Black youth in Ontario face. NOISE program participant, YouthREX Research Intern, and student at Emery Collegiate Institute, Benjamin attended the OBYAP community launch and a number of the consultation sessions. His experience ended up being focused on advocating for a youth-...
August 30, 2016
 by Jhanelle Porter YouthREX Digital Content and Communications Intern       “The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them… And the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community.” - Carmen Martinez, United States Diplomat   As a new school year approaches, I am reminded of my high school years, filled with friends, lots of homework, my extra curricular activities and of course, the often student-dreaded 40 hours of volunteering. I wasn’t always interested...