W2A: Youth Engagement – Wisdom2Action

W2A: Youth Engagement

May 15, 2018 9:00 am – May 16, 2018 4:00 pm

The W2A Youth Engagement event took place at YMCA Central in Toronto, May 15 & 16, 2018, with generous support from FRAYME and National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY).

W2A: Youth Engagement

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YMCA Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

9:00am - 4:00pm May 15th - 16th, 2018
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Wisdom2Action (W2A), formerly known as Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network, is partnering with the National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) to facilitate a national conversation with youth and the youth serving sector that serves them about youth engagement.

Youth engagement is about empowering all young people as valuable partners in addressing and making decisions about issues that affect them personally and/or that they believe to be important.

About the Event

Wisdom2Action and NACY aim to collaborate to build capacity and sustainability within the sector to address significant issues affecting youth and create social impact through innovative and emerging practices for youth mental health and wellness that are driven by youth creation, leadership and engagement.

Participants will be able to consider multiple dimensions of effective youth engagement such as governance and structure, recruitment and retention and youth led evaluation of youth engagement.

Event Themes

  • How to embed youth engagement within organizations’ structure and programs.
  • How to support more inclusive youth engagement.
  • Working from an anti-oppression framework.
  • Creating a range of processes and spaces to support inclusive youth engagement.
  • Using technology effectively.
  • How to evaluate youth engagement processes and the overall impact of youth engagement.
  • Youth engagement in research – how to develop and undertake.
  • research with young people? How to address ethical concerns in research and evaluation with young people.
  • How to engage younger children in genuine ways.
  • Youth engagement in integrated youth services models.

Safety Reminders

  • All programs will be drug and alcohol free. Prescription drugs are permited.
  • All programs will be free from verbal and physical violence, abuse, harassment or bullying of any kind (emotional, psychological, physical, sexual).
  • Participants respect the personal space and privacy of others, including respecting time for personal reflection and solitude and personal belongings.
  • No Scents: please do not wear scented products to W2A events.


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