youth perspectives

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-...
March 08, 2017
           by Rebecca Choi         YouthREX Eastern Hub BSW Placement Student     I never imagined I would be collecting and analyzing data as a Carleton University Social Work placement student with YouthREX. However, my time at YouthREX gave me many opportunities to see research and evaluation from a new perspective. During my placement, I worked with the YouthREX team to collect survey data at a local event entitled SIXUNTROIS for Francophone youth. The event was organized by Le movement d' implication francophone d’Orleans (MIFO).    A Bit of Context MIFO is an organization whose mission...
February 21, 2017
  by Oji Okafor  YouthREX Youth Research Assistant     This is my unpopular opinion. Black History Month is a problem.    In my experience, February is a month of reflection, not progress. Before I was old enough to understand the full implications of Black History Month, I knew this: I would be expected to act as an ambassador of blackness during every class discussion. Every time. It was delightful. I was one of the only black kids in a very racially diverse elementary school. There was nothing especially terrible or traumatizing about this experience; but something about the constant...
January 02, 2017
 by Yumi Numata YouthREX Communications and Knowledge Mobilization Manager  Happy New Years! While we have lots of exciting content planned for 2017 on our eXchange blog, we thought we'd start off the year by highlighting our Top Five most read entries from 2016. We'll be taking some pointers for 2017 - ie. including lots more Youth Perspective features in 2017 - and hope to feature even more voices from the frontlines of youth work. In the meantime, check out these awesome posts! 1. Youth Perspectives | Taking Care During Times of Anti-Black Traumaby Jhanelle Porter, YouthREX Digital...
December 05, 2016
  by Maria Gabriela Umana-Peraza  Grade 12 Student, Emery Collegiate Institute  YouthREX Coop Student; and NOISE Youth Fellow Alumnae (2012 – 2013)     A core value that shapes YouthREX’s work with Ontario’s youth sector is a commitment to exploring meaningful ways to engage youth so that youth voice and experiences drive our research and evaluation processes. One of the ways that YouthREX engages youth is through our New Opportunities for Innovative Student Engagement (NOISE) Project – a collaborative innovation space that brings together youth and Social Work students to research community...
November 28, 2016
  by Thawany Monteiro  YouthREX Youth Research Assistant, Knowledge Mobilization     I am a fourth year Bachelor of Social Work student at York University. As a Youth Research Assistant with the Knowledge Mobilization Team at YouthREX, I’ve chosen the video, Canada Falling Short on Foster Care, featuring Dr. Marni Brownell to engage with and reflect on.    In this five minute video, Dr. Brownell, a Senior Research Scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, discusses an international study she conducted with colleagues related to child maltreatment in six developed countries,...
November 23, 2016
 Compiled by Yumi Numata YouthREX Communications and Knowledge Mobilization Manager      On Saturday, October 29, YouthREX welcomed over 40 youth sector stakeholders to our Post-Exchange Design Day, hosted in collaboration with the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund and MaRS Solutions Lab. We were also fortunate to have a team member from Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) start the day off by hosting a wonderful icebreaker activity called ‘Visualizing the System‘ with us. The goal of this day was to work collaboratively together tackle four ‘thorny’ challenges that youth...
September 06, 2016
 by Donovan Hayden YouthREX Summer Intern and BA student, Hobart College        Canadians, particularly Torontonians, flaunt our diversity, inclusion, and our ‘mosaic’ society. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, something that makes me proud and provides an advantage in this globalized world.  However, we still have work to do to truly connect diversity and opportunity; simply having people of different colors living together within city boundaries does not create an equal and diverse society.  On the one hand, we praise our diversity but at the same time we ignore,...
July 14, 2016
by Jhanelle PorterYouthREX Digital Content and Communications Intern      "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde The last couple weeks have been difficult to process – for me, individually, for black people, for our communities, and for society at large.  With the blatant anti-black racism that occurred at and in response to the Black Lives Matter protest at Toronto’s Pride parade, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile spread through the media via video, the violent attacks and unnecessary...
March 30, 2016
  by Nimrut SahotaYouthREX Youth Research Assistant, KM      I am graduating from high school this year and next year I am entering a nursing program. I am most interested in the issues of health in relation to youth. As a Youth Research Assistant with the Knowledge Mobilization Team at YouthREX, I’ve chosen the research summary on the article Mental Health and Transitions from Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood by Dr. Karen Macleod and Dr. Elizabeth Brownlie to engage with and reflect on.    The summary helped me to learn that the transition period from adolescence to adulthood is challenging...