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10 Stories of Community Innovation for Youth

Posted by Trisha Islam on June 10, 2021

In June 2020, Tamarack Institute launched the Community Innovation Fund: an annual opportunity for Communities Building Youth Futures to prototype a new program, product, service, or system to improve education, employment, and/or training opportunities and outcomes for local youth across Canada. We were thrilled to announce six projects who received the first round of funding, and eight projects that received the second round of funding.

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Why Do YOU Need to Re-evaluate and Re-assess?

Posted by Brooke Pirson on May 28, 2021

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s (NPCA) nature school is an alternative school for primary students in the Niagara Region, focused on building students’ self-confidence and connection with nature through outdoor daily experiences. During my placement with NPCA, I was responsible for designing the purpose, scope, and evaluation tools for a program evaluation of the nature school. 

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A Student’s Guide on Developing Evaluation Questions towards a Program Evaluation

Posted by Brittany Cornacchia on May 28, 2021

Young Caregivers Association strives to support young caregivers – individuals between 5 and 2of age who take on caregiving responsibilities in their family – by providing opportunities to form connections with peers, relieve stress, and develop life and personal skills through a weekly drop-in program called Caregivers Night Out’ (CNO).

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Tips on how to support autonomy within a youth sport program

Posted by Mandisa Lau on May 27, 2021

Imagine this: it is finally the start of a new school year, and you are super excited to be on the same soccer team as your friend. Despite your efforts to keep you and your friend together, the coach has decided to separate you two into different drills. When was the last time you felt in control of your sport? When was the last time your coach asked for your opinion during a practice or game?

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A Young Student’s Guide to Partnering with Community-Based Organizations

Posted by Ashley Romano on May 26, 2021

Fall 2020 -- my last year as an undergraduate and simultaneously my first semester completely online. Not to mention, my first virtual placement with an established community-based organization – Ability Online-  with the goal of developing my first program evaluation… suffice to say, it was a bit of an overwhelming time.  

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Being Adult Allies to a Courageous Generation

Posted by Sarah Precious on April 29, 2021

There have been many important articles written about how COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of our youth. Statistical data reports, youth-led articles, parent editorials and social media that has been sharing the youth story with the world since March 2020.

What we can’t lose sight of, is how we as adult ally’s, can actively hold space and come alongside youth in support. Allies, who are ready to partner with youth in this difficult time.

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