• Enhancing Youth Employability: The Importance of Core Work Skills

    Core employability skills that are developed through basic education; the technical skills needed for specific occupations or to perform specific tasks or duties and professional/personal attributes.

    Overview of Skills & Abilities

    – Learning to Learn
    – Communication
    – Teamwork
    – Problem-Solving

  • The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

    Three forces intertwine to deprive organizations of much-needed overhead funding:
    (1)Funders have unrealistic expectations
    (2) Nonprofits feel pressure to conform
    (3) Nonprofits neglect infrastructure and misrepresent data

  • Youth Policy: What Works and What Doesn’t?

    Our review identified several challenges related to youth policy formulation, policy implementation, and policy impact on youth. We grouped the challenges we found under four themes:
    1. Working in silos
    2. Lack of overarching vision
    3. Narrow mandate or target group
    4. Defining  youth  in different ways

  • 2013 Arts Lab Summary

    In 2012, four Arts Labs were held in various parts of the city to address “The Business of Youth Arts.” This series of meetings is the first of its kind to bring together artists, arts organizations, community partners, and the public, to leverage each other’s strength and resources, with an aim to build Toronto’s youth arts business sector collaboratively.

  • ESCALATOR: Jobs For Youth Facing Barriers

    This action plan was called Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers. Because it’s about the many steps needed along the way to successfully connect youth to their first job. And it’s about companies and youth moving up in the world.

    In developing this strategy, we have started to build real momentum – our escalator is moving up and we invite everyone who can make a difference to join us.

    Through extensive consultation with youth, CivicAction has identified four common barriers:

    1. Systemic barriers weaken the social networks of our target youth

    2. A lack of meaningful opportunities means many youth can’t gain the experience to get the job

    3. The lack of accessible and affordable transportation can hinder economic opportunities

    4. Many young people experience racism and structural discrimination when apply- ing for work

  • Exploring Empowering Education for Marginalized Youth in Toronto

    This research project is an attempt to further the basis of knowledge on key issues regarding schools and marginalized youth in Toronto, with the goal of providing effective and suitable community based responses to building alternative approaches to education. The report is premised on two assertions: 1) Inequalities are a reality in the existing education system, particularly for Black and Native youth, suggesting a need for more relevant and engaging forms of education, and; 2) Alternative education has the potential to act as a liberating and positive force in the lives of marginalized young people.

  • Youth Policy: What Works and What Doesn’t?

    This report is a review of formal policy responses to systemic youth issues from various jurisdictions in Canada and internationally. It reviews policy and legislative frameworks related to youth at the local, regional, and national levels. The purpose of this review is to document existing youth policy models and legislative frameworks and identify the policy mechanisms that contribute to long-term positive outcomes for youth.

  • Ontario’s Youth Action Plan

    This plan includes immediate actions that fill identified gaps in services to support underserved and disadvantaged communities, along with long-term strategies to address structural challenges, improve coordination and integration of services, and ultimately increase opportunities for youth and improve youth outcomes.

  • Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy 2014-2019

    Realizing Our Potential is an evidence/results-based plan to reduce poverty in multifaceted ways including (but not limited to): child benefits, student nutrition, health benefits, mental health, education, ensuring equity, promoting wellbeing, full-day kindergarden, removing barriers for vulnerable youth, aboriginal education, supporting youth leaving care, transitioning into a workplace, and more.

  • First Annual Report for Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed

    The 2014 Stepping Up annual report highlights the government’s progress in supporting youth through targeted investments in programs and policies since the release of Stepping Up in 2013.  The report also includes an updated Profile of Youth Well-being, which paints a picture of how Ontario’s youth are faring in key areas such as education, health, and employment.

  • Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan

    Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan reflects the voices of young people involved in the forum [a 5-day youth forum in Thunder Bay]. It is based on the presentations the young people made on the final day of the forum as the walls shook under their stomping feet…[The young writers] authored it humbly, working as much as possible to ensure those who attended the forum would be able to recognize their own voices. They hope that the action plan resonates with other First Nations youth.

  • New Connections: Arts and the Settlement Process in Toronto

    This document provides a list of challenges that were identified by artists and cultural workers, as well as ideas for partnerships and programs that could help to address some of these challenges.

  • Youth On Youth: Grassroots Youth Collaborative on Youth Led Organizing in the City of Toronto

    The need for the current report identifying best practices among youth-led organization, as well as their shared problems, challenges and recommendations for youth organizers, funders, policy-makers and politicians was deemed imperative, particularly in the context of the heightening public recognition and reality of youth marginalization and alienation in the city of Toronto.

  • Another Winter, Another Spring: Toronto Youth Speak Out About Space

    Like everyone, young people require open, equitably accessible, healthy and friendly spaces for their initiatives to take root and prove successful, and to run thriving programs and activities.

  • Needs and Responses: Youth Perspectives on the Youth Criminal Justice System

    The focus of this report is to summarize, analyze, explain, and evaluate the statements made by panelists at “YOUTH SPEAK!” concerning their experiences with the criminal justice system, and to compile those statements into understandable themes.

  • Arts Engagement and Quality of Life

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse young people between the ages of 15-29, living homeless, street-involved and otherwise marginalized.

    ‘More initiatives and programs are emerging which use the arts with marginalized populations. However, there is not always a widespread recognition of the profound impact this programming has on youths’ lives, and its value beyond a recreational activity.

    We wanted to investigate more about this impact: what benefits does artmaking and participation in creative community bring? How does it enhance youths’ personal, social, artistic, and professional lives? Does it have impacts on their physical and emotional health, and their greater quality of life?

  • Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Report 2013

    The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy was developed by the City of Toronto with contributions from Toronto youth. The TYES Report includes creative content from youth throughout the report. These creative works are intended to help readers understand the experiences of Toronto youth most vulnerable to involvement in violence and crime.

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  • 20 Questions Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations Should Ask about Strategy and Planning

    Not-for-profit organizations are very diverse and range from small all-volunteer groups to large, sophisticated enterprises. This document is primarily intended for organizations with an executive director and staff resources who can prepare the strategic and operational plans and budgets with strategic direction and approval from the board.

  • Community-Based Research Toolkit: Resources and Tools for Doing Research with Community for Social Change

    This toolkit is designed for people and institutions interested in doing research using community- based research (CBR) principles. It contains 70+ ready to use tools and templates and numerous best practices recommendations that CBR practitioners can utilize to:
    – prepare for your Community- Based Research project
    – identify and build healthy partnerships
    – train and meaningfully engage marginalized community members in research as peer researchers
    – design and implement your research project using participatory, collaborative processes

  • New Eyes: An Arts Based Community Research Project: Community Report

    New Eyes is a newcomer youth leadership project that sought to explore barriers to services through the arts. This project cultivated youth leadership through arts, while also using arts as the means to engage other newcomer youth communities to identify and express particular barriers they face.

  • Community-Based Participatory Research

    When we think about research, we sometimes imagine ivory towers, academics behind closed doors, or the lone professor with a magnifying glass. Rarely is research associated with creativity, community activism, or collaboration. Community Based Participatory Research is a research methodology that challenges traditional ways of “doing research” and exposes critical questions.