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8th Annual YouthCAN Conference: SUCCESS. It`s in your hands!

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8th Annual YouthCAN Conference:  SUCCESS.  It`s in your hands! The Ontario Youth Communication Advocacy Network (YouthCAN) unites over 250 youth in care in Ontario.  The highly anticipated event is focused on education, networking, skill building, and leadership development.  This year, for the first time the conference is being held at Humber College North Campus in partnership with the Youth Enrichment at Humber (YEAH!) program, providing stimulating academic experiences that venture beyond the scope of the traditional classroom.

 

 

Here are some of the highlights:

  • conference program
  • interactive workshops for youth
  • staff leadership training for Children’s Aid Society staff chaperones
  • Children’s Aid Society showcase
  • a lunchtime “Opportunities Fair” poster session on August 13th featuring over 15 community organizations that serve youth in and from care
  • An introduction to Humber College and interactive sessions
  • “YouthCAN Idol” Talent Show
  • YouthCAN Dance
  • Recreational sports
  • Lots of prizes  to be won for both youth and staff
  • Opening keynote by Mat Todd

On top of the jam-packed and fun program, youth and staff will get a real “post-secondary” experience at Humber`s recently renovated campus!  You will eat at the college, sleep at the residence centre and hear from Humber staff about programs, services and supports for students. There will be lots of opportunity for youth to think about post-secondary education as an option.

South West Zone Event Peer Power

On Friday March 28th and Saturday March 29th, YouthCAN Southwest zone spent 2 days together in London Ontario at the Bryson Scout Camp.  They spent the first evening working on leadership and team building activities facilitated by St/ Leonard’s Society Peer Power facilitators.  The Peer Power team focused their training agenda based on areas the youth requested in the following training components: Communication skills, Leadership Development, Group Facilitation skills, Advocacy skills, Conflict Awareness and the Five-stage Mediation Process.

They spent the evening training on those life skill components followed by an evening dinner and movie out in the community.   The second day was continuous training and the goals were to develop leadership, advocacy, group facilitation and peer mentoring skills of the youth participants so they can contribute back at their local agency youth groups.

The Southwest Champions also used this time to tentatively plan the next meeting event and set the date for the fall on October 24th -25th 2014.

Woodland Cultural Centre: Learning about Aboriginal History

On January 18th 2014, YouthCAN Grand River Zone event was held in Brantford Ontario at the Woodland Cultural Center.  Youth had a tour of the museum and learned about Aboriginal culture and history.  They saw beautiful art pieces, tools, clothing, pottery, and beading.  They also learned about the history of the Woodland people, specifically the Six Nations (Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora).

Following the tour, the group went to the “George” house,  the CAS Brant’s drop in and resource center where they enjoyed a delicious homemade turkey for lunch and played team building activities.

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2013 SouthWest Zone Event at the DrawBridge Inn and YMCA Leadership

On October 18 2013, thanks to Youth Champions from Sarnia Lambton Children’s Aid Society, hosted an awesome 2 day Southwest zone event!  They spent an evening relaxing at the Draw Bridge Inn, famous for a indoor pool with a 95 foot slide!  The group of Youth Champions from 9 different agencies and youth leaders engaged in fun icebreakers and team building activities.  The YMCA Leadership centre reflected strong youth leadership, teamwork, personal development, skill building, learning, and definitely fun activities despite the rainy weather conditions.  This group of youth were amazing, they got along very well together, and were supportive and encouraging of each other.

Thank you everyone for volunteering the time and making this possible for the young leaders to network and connect with each other.  The next Southwest zone event is scheduled for March 2013 with the Peer Power group to continue building on the leadership skills.

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North East Cambrian College Conference

The rain couldn’t keep the youth away from having an educational weekend retreat in Sudbury, May 31to June 2, 2013.

26 youth attended the North-East zone event. The youth stayed at the Cambrian College Residence the entire weekend while they participated in recreational activities like swimming at the Laurentian University Olympic Pool, playing basketball and rock-climbing at the Laurentian University Gym.

On Saturday, they had a “nature” educational day by spending the day at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area. They learned about orientating and surviving the outdoors, and participated in a nature hike throughout the area. They ended the day with a group dinner and a movie.

There was a volunteer park cleanup for two local parks scheduled for Sunday morning, but sadly was cancelled due to the ongoing rain during the weekend. Even though the rain was consistent the entire weekend, the zone event was a great success and the youth had an amazing time!

Fit for SUCCESS! 7th Annual Conference Overview

We are thrilled to open registration for the 7th Annual YouthCAN Conference, Fit for SUCCESS!  This year, the conference theme is centered around mental and physical well-being, and how being ‘fit’ in all areas, mentally, physically, academically, etc., is essential to being successful. The YouthCAN team, with advice from the conference planning committee made up of Children’s Aid Societies staff from across the province, has worked extremely hard to ensure that this year’s event will have something for everyone!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Over 30 interactive workshops, including multiple workshops offered by former and current youth in care on topics such as the new CCSY policy, mental health, physical fitness, and life skills
  • Creative workshops on multiple forms of dance, art, and music/vocal, like Bollywood, salsa, spoken word, and physical storytelling
  • The conference will be attended by a number of community organizations that serve youth in care such as PFLAG, Supporting Our Youth (SOY), CTYS, The New Mentality, Planned Parenthood, YMCA, and Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC)
  • a lunchtime “Opportunities Fair” poster session on August 13th featuring over 15 community organizations that serve youth in and from care
  • An introduction to Seneca College and interactive sessions hosted by Seneca staff on career planning, health and nutrition, cyber safety and more
  • “YouthCAN Idol” Talent Show
  • YouthCAN Dance
  • Recreational sports such as basketball, volleyball, and tennis
  • Lots of prizes  to be won for both youth and staff
  • Opening keynote by former youth in care and award winning musician Shy-Anne Hovorka
  • Closing ceremonies by Toronto’s Playback Theatre

On top of the jam-packed and fun program, youth and staff will get a real “post-secondary” experience at Seneca’s recently renovated campus!  You will eat at the college, sleep at the residence centre and hear from Seneca staff about programs, services and supports for students. There will be lots of opportunity for youth to think about post-secondary education as an option.

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2013 YPAAG Bark Lake Leadership Retreat (May 24-26)

On May 24th 2013 16 young leaders from the Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group (YPAAG) spent three days at the Bark Lake Leadership Retreat Centre.  This years group welcomed many new members while were happy to see familiar leaders as well.  They spent three days building on teamwork skills through low ropes course challenges, tandem canoes, high ropes, and many other team building activities such as an amazing race!  YPAAG continues to be a leader and go-to voice for many standing commissions.  They meet with decision makers, influence legislation, and act as the unifying voice for youth in care in Ontario.

Click here for more information about YPAAG.

Click here to view all other networking zone updates.

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“Thanks to all whom attended this years awesome retreat! I have met great friends, have great memories and a larger support system not only to help me but also for me to help guide if someone needs to talk! This event helped shaped me more into the leader I see myself becoming ” -by: YPAAG Youth”

 

“From North, East, South and West,
We come together, to learn our best,
We may be new, different, divided,
… But through advocacy and teamwork we are UNITED
Youth Policy Advocacy & Advisory Group, you were definitely invited
We come together and in the end we’re YPAAG UNITED”  -by: YPAAG Youth

North East Zone Update 2013

Sudbury YouthCAN Zone held a conference on the weekend of May 31, June 1 and June 2. They had lots of great activities planned and the weekend was a great experience for everyone involved.  The group spent 2 nights 3 days at Cambrian College Residence, where they performed many fun team building activities such as swimming in the Laurentian pool, rock climbing, and a game of basketball.  What a SUCCESS! Looking forward to the next event!

Click here to view the six regional YouthCAN networking groups.

Click here to view North East Zone Updates.

Click here to view ALL zone updates.

Click here to view What`s New in the YouthCAN world!

 

Fun Day at the Art Gallery of Ontario!

On Saturday October 6th 2012, the Toronto Children’s Aid Societies hosted the Central Zone group event by spending the day networking at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario).  The group took part in some advocacy work by discussing the latest Youth Leaving Care Report, “My Real Life Book”.    They raised some interesting issues that youth face and worked together in problem-solving some solutions.  They enjoyed a fun and interactive guided tour by the AGO while admiring some intense art structures by Evan Penny’s “Re figured” exhibit.

Click here to view more information on the AGO exhibit Evan Penny’s “Re figured”.

Click here to view a video of Evan Penny’s “Re figured”.