Civic engagement

February 18, 2019
This report was published by Studio Y (now MaRS Talent Development). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Studio Y has put together the final report for the Youth Impact Summit, which was held at MaRS in September 2016 with support from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and Ontario 150. The Youth Impact Summit report skillfully captures both the opportunities and challenges of youth civic engagement in Ontario. It also highlights innovative ideas for redefining and reinvigorating youth civic engagement. We are encouraged that key stakeholders – such as MCYS and...
October 03, 2018
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: What is a school board trustee, and how do they serve students and their communities? Not all civics classes will teach you about school board elections, but students have the most to gain from having a great school board trustee. This short video offers a brief explanation of what a school board trustee is, and what sort of decisions they make.  The content for this factsheet was taken from Hosting a School Board Trustees All Candidates Meeting: A Student's Guide.   
October 02, 2018
This factsheet was created by YouthREX.   The content for this factsheet was taken from Hosting a School Board Trustees All Candidates Meeting: A Student's Guide.  Not all civics classes will teach students about school board trustees, but this elected school board member is responsible for decisions that affect the wellbeing and success of the youth and communities they serve. This factsheet was developed by youth for youth, and summarizes the top five things students should know about their school board trustees.  
September 28, 2018
This guide was created by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS GUIDE:Not all civics classes will teach students about school board trustee elections, but students have the most to gain from having a great school board trustee.  Even though high school students may not be eligible to vote yet, they can still get involved in elections. This guide was developed for youth by youth, and outlines how students can support their communities to make informed decisions when casting their ballots for school board trustee.    
February 28, 2018
This report was published by Samara Canada. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Over the last 30 years, Canadians have watched with concern as voting rates among younger people have declined, with the result that in the 2011 federal election, the majority of young people opted not to cast a vote. If the number of non-voters increases, the legitimacy of Canada’s democratic process may someday be called into question. Besides, if groups of Canadians are not considered to be interested voters, will political parties and leaders prioritize their views during and outside of elections? The...
May 11, 2017
This report was published by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and City for All Women Initiative. HERE IS HOW THE AUTHOR'S DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: Through eleven small group discussions, each led by experts from Ottawa’s Black communities, participants identified many shared concerns that have persisted over time. They put forward recommendations for addressing anti-Black racism in education, employment, social services (focusing on mental health and genderbased violence), policing (including courts and prisons), community and civic engagement, Islamophobia, and media representation. ...
February 26, 2017
Youth contributions to others (e.g., volunteering) have been connected to indicators of successful development, including self-esteem, optimism, social support, and identity development. Youth-adult partnerships, which involve youth and adults working together towards a shared goal in activity settings, such as youth-serving agencies or recreation organizations, provide a unique opportunity for examining youth contributions. We examined associations between measures of youth's participation in youth-adult partnerships (psychological engagement and degree of partnering) in activity settings...
January 26, 2017
This report was published by UN World Youth Report. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:   The World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement has been prepared in response to growing interest in and an increased policy focus on youth civic engagement in recent years among Governments, young people and researchers. It is intended to provide a fresh perspective and innovative ideas on civic engagement and to serve as an impetus for dialogue and action. The objective of the Report is to provide a basis for policy discussions around youth civic engagement in order to ensure that young...
January 26, 2017
This report was published by Volunteer Canada. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:   Volunteer Connections: New Strategies for Involving Youth has been written to help organization personnel think through the benefits, and challenges, of getting young people involved as volunteers. The manual intends to encourage reflection, and perhaps even some debate, while offering practical suggestions and resources formoving forward.
January 15, 2017
This toolkit was developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:Our research examined the impact that different messaging and storytelling strategies can have on garnering support for programs that support young men of color. Through focus groups and online surveys administered to adults from diverse populations across the United States, we were able to identify a range of successful communications strategies that resonated across audiences.It is our hope that these strategies can help groups, organizations, individuals, and other stakeholders...