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 [...]
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, [...]
Tale of a Youth in Care – Mandy Richards at TEDx Youth in Sudbury Mandy Richard is a 22 year old youth from the Wikwemikong Unceeded Reserve on Manitoulin Island, in Ontario Canada who currently lives in Toronto. She came into care when she was 9 years old. Mandy has been involved in the YouthCAN [...]
Alex Smith, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and youth speak about the challenges of living in foster care and the need for investing in the education of foster youth. This video provides a way to help spread the message about the challenges of transitioning from care and how individuals and organizations can help.
Bark Lake Leadership Retreat On September 7th-9th 2012, YPAAG (Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group) members spent 3 days together at the relaxing and beautiful Bark Lake Leadership Retreat. This year YPAAG welcomed several new members to the team! Members developed new friendships while demonstrating their leadership qualities through various team building activities such as [...]
My REAL Life Book The Youth Leaving Care Hearings were the first public hearings organized and run by young people at Queen’s Park, the home of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth partnered with dozens of volunteers — all young people in and from care — to hold [...]
Shannen brought much needed attention to the horrible conditions in her community of Attawapiskat. At just 13, she helped launch the largest youth-driven children’s rights movement in Canadian History. Children were being educated in make-shift portables on a toxic field and had been waiting for 30 years for the government to build a real school [...]