Youth Engagement - Knowledge Synthesis Report
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- 1.Working with Children and Youth in ChallengingContexts to Promote Youth EngagementKnowledge Synthesis Report 2013 Prepared By: Emily ZinckAdvisory Committee: Michael Ungar, Shelly Whitman, SilviaExenberger, Linda Liebenberg, Jimmy Ung, & Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson
2. NOTHING FOR US WITHOUT US. Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement 3. GUIDING QUESTIONWhat strategies have been shown to work engagingchildren and youth in challenging contexts as fullmembers of their communities and ending feelings ofdisempowerment and abandonment? 4. What is Youth Engagement?Youth Engagement: The meaningful andsustained involvement of a young person in anactivity focusing outside the self. Fullengagement consists of a cognitive component,an affective component, and a behaviouralcomponent, also known as Head, heart, andFeetCentres of Excellence for Childrens Well-Being: YouthEngagement 5. Population Groups Children and youth affected by Aboriginal children and youthwar Homeless children and youth Child soldiers Youth gangs Children and youth in military Child labourersfamilies Children and youth in the Refugee children and youthworkplace Children and youth affected by Children and youth who havenatural disasters been trafficked Immigrant children and youth Children and youth living with Children and youth subject tohealth-related challengesmaltreatment Children and youth living with Children and youth in alternative chronic illnesscare Children and youth living withmental illness Children and youth in institutions Youth in juvenile detention 6. Pyramid of Evidence 7. RECOMMENDATIONS 8. #1- Promote Youth Engagement to Make Services More EffectiveInitiating youth participation is a steptowards engaging young people in programdesign and implementation. YouthNet, CHEO 9. #2- Include Youth in Decision Making Processes Principle: Youth VoiceWhere possible, include youth at everylevel of program development, planning,implementation and evaluation. Leaders of Today Network 10. #3- Make Civic EngagementHolistic Principle: Civic EngagementProvide youth with opportunities to make areal contribution to their community. SPARK Youth Engagement Program 11. #4- Pay Attention to Culture and Context Principle: Culture and Context SpecificNot all methods will be appropriate for allyouth. It is important that programs andservices be adapted to suite the specificcontext and culture. Strengths-based approach: River of Unity 12. #5- Create Mentorship andPartnership Opportunities Principle: Positive RelationshipsIt is important to develop an environment ofpartnership and equality between youth andadults in working towards a common goal. Adult Youth Partnerships Canadian Roots Exchange Program 13. #6- Use Participatory Research to Document the Benefits of Youth Engagement Principle: Participatory ResearchThe more that young people are included inresearch the more valid and contextuallyrelevant the results will be Digital Story-telling: My Word 14. #7- Develop Better Methods to Evaluate Youth Engagement StrategiesResearchers and practitioners need todevelop easy to use methods that canevaluate the effectiveness of youthengagement. 15. #8- Develop a Community of Practice to Share Effective Youth Engagement StrategiesCreate sustainable structures to document,format, share, and access best practicesrelated to youth engagement. Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement Heartwood Centre for Community YouthDevelopment Pat Dolan: UNESCO Child and FamilyResearch Centre 16. Thank you!!