positive youth development

February 15, 2019
Quality relationships between youth and adults are critical for effective youth development programming. However, not all youth-adult relationships equally contribute to positive development. Of the differing types of relationships, youth-adult partnerships, characterized by opportunities for youth voice and supportive relationships with adults, are associated with positive youth development outcomes. Available research supports this claim finding participation in a youth-adult partnership is associated with outcomes such as greater empowerment, psychological agency, and community...
February 14, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What is the research about? In the summer months, more than 10 million children in the US attend some kind of camp, making the camp context a rich setting to foster positive youth development (PYD). While researchers have demonstrated a connection between attendance of structured summer day camps and PYD, little research has been conducted in regards to sports-oriented residential camps and their effects...
February 14, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What is the research about? Research has shown that participation in summer camp has the potential to facilitate positive outcomes for youth, from an increased sense of identity and ability to handle responsibility, to enhanced self-esteem and improved social skills. Caring, supportive relationships between young people and adults have been identified as an extremely important part of positive youth...
February 04, 2019
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: What are the barriers to accessing supports for young people living with and affected by HIV? How are these youth currently being supported? What strategies are critical in providing well-rounded supports for youth living with and affected by HIV, and how can youth-serving organizations adopt these best practices? As we approach the fourth decade since the first cases were diagnosed, we better understand how HIV works, and how the disease impacts individuals and transforms communities. HIV is incurable, but it...
January 30, 2019
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. The content for this factsheet was taken from Supporting Youth Living With And Affected By HIV In Ontario. In Canada, as in other parts of the world, HIV overwhelmingly affects already marginalized groups and communities, such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and racialized populations, including Indigenous people. In Ontario, like the rest of Canada, the story of HIV draws attention to existing fractures and structural inequalities. This factsheet presents data on HIV by the numbers in Ontario and Canada.    
January 30, 2019
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. The content for this factsheet was taken from Supporting Youth Living With And Affected By HIV In Ontario. Programs that have been effective in supporting diverse youth populations living with and affected by HIV vary in approach. However, there remain similarities in strategies used to meaningfully engage vulnerable young people. This factsheet explores highly effective program features.  
January 30, 2019
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. The content for this factsheet was taken from Supporting Youth Living With And Affected By HIV In Ontario. The report is designed for practitioners working with young people living with and affected by HIV. Programs can adopt a range of evidence-informed practices to support young people living with and affected by HIV. This factsheet provides best practice recommendations. Although each of the eight recommendations is critical in and of itself, the inclusion of multiple recommendations will strengthen programs, services, and holistic approaches to...
January 30, 2019
This report was published by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: This report is designed for practitioners working with young people living with and affected by HIV in Ontario. As resource navigators and connectors to services and programs, youth workers play an important role in the wellbeing of youth. They are uniquely positioned to support young people living with and affected by HIV and break down stigma. This report offers youth workers recommendations for best practices at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and community levels. The report is organized...
November 08, 2018
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: On October 25, 2018, YouthREX hosted our second Knowledge to Action (KtA) Exchange: Data + Stories for Action! In this video, Eddie Lartey, a spoken word artist from Hamilton Youth Poets, shares three pieces with the KtA audience.
April 12, 2018
Pedagogies of healing and critical media literacy are important, especially in the wake of racial violence when mainstream media work to stigmatize, characterize, and marginalize Black youth by projecting them as dangerous Others. In this article, we offer an overview of how mainstream media reinscribe and reinforce white supremacy, which leads to anti-blackness. Next, we discuss the impact that uncritical consumption of mainstream media narratives of Black people has on media consumers and how Black youth use social media as counterspaces. We then theorize about pedagogies of healing and...