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.
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.
“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
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”.