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.