youth engagement

May 13, 2019
This video was produced by The Social Planning Network of Ontario in partnership with YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) Community of Practice on Equity and Inclusion for Low-Income Students and Families is pleased to be partnering with leading experts and voices in the field to bring you this unique webinar series that looks at the impacts of poverty and classism on low-income students and their families. This webinar features a discussion/presentation with Dr. Carl James and Yvonne Kelly, MSW, that interrupts commonly-held...
February 18, 2019
This factsheet was created by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: The shift in working with youth as clients to engaging them as decision-makers can at times seem overwhelming. In order to succeed, youth, adults, and the organization as a whole must be open and willing to take risks, think outside the box, and develop new attitudes towards youth — not as problems that need fixing, but rather resources to be tapped into. Roger Hart’s “Ladder of Youth Participation” highlights eight different levels of youth participation and decision-...
February 18, 2019
Youth-adult partnerships in child and youth services engage the participants in collaborative, shared decision making, in areas such as governance, program planning and implementation, and advocacy. However, these partnerships often occur in isolation, and fail to engage in potentially useful, larger conversations about theory and research. Therefore, in an effort to provide common grounds for understanding and engaging in such partnerships, we offer an overview of current literature. We discuss definitions and discourses, describe models of youth-adult partnerships, and briefly consider...
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...
February 18, 2019
This toolkit was published by the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative (OCYI). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT: Members of the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative (OCYI) have expressed a need for more information on creating a homework club handbook for programs across the city. This handbook is meant to be a resource for volunteers and staff who are looking for best practices, evidence-based strategies, and tools for either creating a new homework club or improving an existing one. Examples in the handbook were provided by local community partners when possible in order to offer real...
February 18, 2019
Scholars in the field of community well-being and development have long been concerned with the theme of participation. Since external resources of various kinds are often limited (DeFilippis and Saerget 2012), community members need to take charge of their own development — a process which should assist them to engage in deliberate action to improve their quality of life. Some community members may be involved in this process as professionals; government agencies or nonprofit organizations usually employ these individuals. However, the number of such professionals dedicated to any given...
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? 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...
December 18, 2018
This video was developed by Melanie Doucet, PhD(c) at McGill University. HERE'S HOW THE PRODUCERS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: Child welfare legislation in Canada requires youth in long-term government care to transition to adulthood and become self-sufficient at the age of majority - a phenomenon termed as 'aging out' of care. Due to this cut-off of services, youth exiting care tend to have limited support networks, and most of their connections during their time in care are formal, paid for and have an expiry date. This past fall, Melanie Doucet, a PhD candidate at the McGill School of Social Work...
December 18, 2018
This report was developed by Melanie Doucet, PhD(c) at McGill University.  HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:This report is an e-book that features the valuable photography work of co-researchers (former youth in care in British Columbia) who contributed to Relationships Matter for Youth 'Aging Out' of Care: Research Report.