• From the Roots Up!

    From the Roots Up! A youth-Led Forum on Building Safe & Healthy Communities was created to bring youth together form diverse organizations and build partnerships with other youth-led initiatives in the city of Toronto. This forum is seen as an opportunity to open a space of dialogue among marginalized and racialized youth throughout the city in order to develop strategies for youth political/social engagement that are specifically centered in the lived realities of the youth who participate in local programming.

  • Letting Youth In: youth workers talk space

    There is agreement from many youth workers, youth and youth-serving agencies that more youth spaces are needed in the City of Toronto. Recent research from the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department confirms that youth are looking for safe spaces to be.1 The need for youth access to space in Toronto was particularly well- documented in the report ‘Another Winter, Another Spring: Toronto Youth Speak Out About Space,’ from Social Planning Toronto (2011), which clearly outlines many barri- ers, most, if not all, of which are still in place.

    Community Recreation for All is asking for new, permanent, city-funded youth spaces for 2014, with the eventual goal of seeing a dedicated, city-run youth space in each community in Toronto. We also understand that creating safe spaces for youth requires careful thought, well-trained and supported workers and an array of re- sources. In other words: we want new youth spaces, and we want to make sure they’re done right. In addition, we do not want new youth spaces to come at the expense of current allocations for city-run youth programs and spaces. Instead, we are asking for an expansion of city-run services for youth.

    We decided to work with Frontline Partners with Youth Network to hold a ‘think tank’ in October, 2013. Our goal: to gather the skills, knowledge and brilliance of frontline youth workers as a step towards informing the new youth spaces we expect to see in 2014. This report should not be considered comprehensive, and should be used in conjunction with additional research to ensure youth spaces are welcoming to all youth, responsive to local needs in different parts of the city and run safely. *

Resource Kits

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Resource kits are great.

  • Consensus-Based Decision Making

    In the following you’ll find lots of useful information, not only about the basics of consensus decision making, but also about how to apply it to large groups of people and about ideas for dealing with common problems. We also have a Short Guide to Consensus and you can find lots of tips on how to make your consensus meetings run smoothly in our guides to Facilitating Meetings.

  • Pro Homo

    A Collection of Resources and Tools For Challenging Homophobia and Transphobia in Community Organizing

    In working to understand and challenge homophobia, it is important to also explore the roots of homophobia within diverse cultural groups, norms, and traditions. It is so important to learn about and understand the context through which homophobic attitudes may have originated and/or why they continue to hold weight in given communities, rather than to make assumptions about the overall tolerance or prejudice of a people or culture.

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #3 – Systems

    Topics for Volume #3:

    Ability & Disability Justice

    Class, Classism & Anti- Capitalism

    Allyship & Accountability

    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #2 – Ism’s

    Topics for Volume #2:

    Race & Anti-Racism

    Biological Sex & Feminism

    Gender & Gender-Freedom

    Sexuality & Anti-Homophobia

    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #1 – Roots

    Topics for Volume #1:
    Anti-O Learning with Community
    Power & Privilege
    Intersectionality
    Indigeneity & Decolonization
    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Inside The Kaleidoscope

    Inside The Kaleidoscope: A Toolkit & Resource Guide Created by Members of Two-Spirit, Trans, & Queer Communities

    This toolkit is a revision of an original toolkit that was created by The People Project. It serves as an accompaniment to a workshop we used to deliver with diverse members of our community who had shared their lived experiences and wisdom with youth service providers in Toronto. This helped to create more positive space for Queer, Trans*, 2 Spirit & Kaleidoscope people.

    As our community and our work evolved, we recognized that the toolkit needed to as well.

  • Diversity in Governance

    The five sections will guide you through the steps for increasing diversity on your organization’s board of governance.

    – Starting the Conversation

    – Developing a Board Diversity Policy

    – Conducting Board Outreach and Recruitment

    – Creating an Effective Board

    – Keeping on Track

    The appendices include sample tools and a listing of resources.

  • An Integrated Anti-Oppression Framework for Reviewing and Developing Policy

    This toolkit provides a practical tool that allows organizations to apply integrated anti-oppression practice to their policies. It is for Executive Directors, Program Managers, Boards of Directors and others who are responsible for reviewing and updating policies in community service organizations. We hope it will support individuals who have completed general anti-oppression training and who want to put their learning into practice.

  • The KIT: A Manual by Youth to Combat Racism Through Education

    The KIT came together through a national project of the United Nations Association in Canada called the youth Forums Against Racism. Around 100 youth between 14-26 participated in a series or regional forums held from May – July 2001 across Canada. The KIT is an amalgamation of three complementary sections, all addressing racism: information, tools, and resources.

  • Arts & Equity Toolkit

    Practical tools and resources for artists and groups working towards equity in the arts. Created by Leah Burns and Skye Louis for the Arts & Equity Project with support from Manifesto Community Projects; toolkit design by Hightop Studio. Published by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, 2012.