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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Reflections on the #ImpactCOVID Online Youth Summit

Posted by Kimber Kunimoto on May 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, it became apparent to me that no sector was ready for what might come. With rapid change, we are all navigating a new path together and while we don’t know what the future holds, I take comfort in that young people are coming together to address the current needs and prepare for a new world.

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The United Kingdom Addressing Youth Loneliness

Posted by Justin Williams on August 17, 2018

Two big announcements on youth loneliness have recently come out of the United Kingdom. First, the United Kingdom announced £2 million from its Building Connections Fund to support youth-focused initiatives to be distributed by the Co-Op Foundation. The funding announcement pairs with the launch of the report “A Place to Belong: The Role of Local Youth Organizations in Addressing Youth Loneliness,” by UK Youths which the Co-Op Foundation supported.

The Building Connections Fund is a collaboration between the Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-Op Foundation in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The aim of the fund is to reduce loneliness in England. The fund contains two strands £9 million from the main fund and a separate £2 million that is targeted toward youth. The youth strand will provide £80,000 to organizations to co-develop approaches with youth to combat loneliness.

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Movement of Young Leaders Changing Communities Across Ontario

Posted by Emily Branje on August 13, 2018

A decade has passed since Community Living Ontario first reached out to young people across Ontario to inform its understanding of how youth were experiencing their community. In doing so, we learned that a large number of youths, and especially youths who have an intellectual disability, often feel isolated within their schools and greater communities. They do not feel a sense of belonging and therefore, lack an abundance of meaningful relationships with their peers and community members. We acknowledged that this void puts youth at risk and limits the opportunities available to them. As the numbers rise, the constant restrictions placed on young people contribute to the overall poor health and sustainability of Ontario’s communities. So in 2008, we put out a call to action and invited people to join us! An idea had sparked and a movement was born.

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Kingston Youth Summit: Peer Workshops Raise Awareness and Build Skills to Prevent Homelessness

Posted by Kingston Poverty Reduction Initiative on May 7, 2018

Fourth Annual Youth Summit in Kingston

For the fourth year in a row, the Kingston & Area Youth Council organized a Youth Summit to increase awareness and provide tools for local youth.  The annual youth summit is the direct result of feedback from youth who felt a summit was necessary to raise awareness about what leads to youth homelessness.

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Winnipeg’s TRC92: Youth Employment: Co-creating Innovative Strategies for Indigenous Employment

Posted by Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council on May 2, 2018

The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC) provides backbone support to TRC92: Youth Employment, by bringing sectors together in a Collective Impact effort, and by engaging in on-going research, evaluation and consultation.  

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8 Steps to Set the Stage for Effective Youth Engagement Work

Posted by Sarah Precious on April 12, 2018

The world of youth engagement is entangled with false assumptions, presumptuous understandings, and little follow through.  However, if it is done right professionals are given the rare opportunity to work meaningfully with youth to achieve a beautifully co-created outcome that can radically change a community.

Recently I had the privilege of hearing an individual who has experienced great success in their engagement work.  But they were quick to point out the negative perceptions that can often surround engagement work due to good intentions gone bad, and lack of follow through.


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