Meaningful youth engagement: Multiple contexts, multiple realities, multiple approaches

"Meaningful youth engagement is an inclusive, intentional, mutually-respectful partnership between youth and adults whereby power is shared, respective contributions are valued, and young people's ideas, perspectives, skills, and strengths are integrated into the design and delivery of programs, strategies, policies, funding." - YouthPower  In its most basic form, youth engagement is about getting youth to participate … Continue reading Meaningful youth engagement: Multiple contexts, multiple realities, multiple approaches

Fostering critical consciousness to empower youth to become social change agents

Why Youth Engagement?  In my post, Youth citizenship: An intersectional analysis, I briefly touched on the importance of youth engagement to provide young people the knowledge and skill sets needed so they can become active citizens that contribute to building healthy communities and a stronger nation. Youth are important sources of knowledge and power, and should be … Continue reading Fostering critical consciousness to empower youth to become social change agents

Youth citizenship: An intersectional analysis

Given the nature of citizenship, and it historical, social and political contentions, there remains a lack of consensus on what constitutes citizenship. The legal definition of citizenship defines the term as the position or status of being a citizen of a particular country, with elements such as a passport, or a national identity. However, citizenship can also be … Continue reading Youth citizenship: An intersectional analysis

Youth Poverty in Canada

In one of the world's richest countries, Canada, poverty remains a fact of life for millions of Canadians. According to Canada Without Poverty, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada, nearly five million Canadians currently live in poverty.1 That is approximately 5 million Canadians that struggle daily to meet their basic needs, such … Continue reading Youth Poverty in Canada

Critical Youth Work

Historically, the primary focus of youth work has been on risk prevention and rehabilitation, such as delinquency and drug addiction, and to keep youth off the streets, known as a person-centered approach.3 Such approach has led to service providers to regard young people as problems requiring a solution or intervention. Recently, youth programs and initiatives have shifted … Continue reading Critical Youth Work

The impact of poverty on education for youth living in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto

Research across multiple disciplines have identified the impact of poverty on the lives youth, including but not limited to, educational achievement, school dropout rates, deviant behavior, wellbeing, and social mobility. According to Hulchanski’s 2007 report, there is a growing divide between high- and low-income neighborhoods in Toronto— each neighborhood providing different access to physical infrastructures … Continue reading The impact of poverty on education for youth living in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto