It is vital that parents, guardians, mentors and friends support young people along their path to adulthood by helping and encouraging them to gain important life skills. Adults who understand the developmental needs of youth are better able to help them navigate new challenges, and access services in their communities.
For some families, however, providing the basic necessities is hard. These families may require additional services and supports. This is particularly true when young people continue to receive support from their families as they transition into adulthood.
What outcomes do we want to see for Ontario youth?
Why is this important?
The evidence is clear: young people need adults in their lives who care about, encourage and believe in them. All young Ontarians should have caring families and adults to turn to when they need guidance - and those adults should have the resources needed to support youth.
Young people who have access to caring adults and peers have the strong, supportive foundation they need to believe in themselves, pursue positive opportunities and contribute to their communities.
04. How can we support Ontario families and guardians?
We can support Ontario families and guardians by:
- Supporting families and guardians so they are equipped to provide basic needs by helping family and caregivers provide safe places for youth to live and eat healthy food.
- Building families’ and guardians’ capacity to promote positive development by encouraging parents and guardians to be supportive and teach important life skills- such as resolving conflicts, opening a bank account, writing a resume, or doing laundry.
- Helping parents and caregivers find additional support when it is needed by providing information on counselling and respite services for families of youth with disabilities or special needs.
05. How can we improve Ontario young people’s relationship with caring adults?
We can support Ontario youth to have healthy relationships with caring adults by:
- Increasing access to caring adults by providing youth with more access to role models through the community, school, and work place.
- Building the capacity of caring adults to better support youth by providing education to adult allies and mentors on the developmental needs of young people and creating safe spaces for youth to express themselves.
06. How can we support Ontario young people to support positive peer relationships?
We can support Ontario youth to promote positive peer relationships by:
- Providing spaces and opportunities for youth to interact in positive ways by providing youth with community hubs, drop in centers, recreation facilities, and libraries where they can make friends and develop their social identity.
- Helping youth to develop pro-social relationships and interpersonal skills by providing more recreational services and programs that help youth develop positive relationships, especially for youth living with disabilities or special needs.