About Us

YouthREX is a province-wide initiative based at York University with five regional Hubs across Ontario.

YouthREX promotes the integration of evidence and evaluation in the development and delivery of Ontario’s youth programs.

An Ontario where shared knowledge is transformed into positive impact for all youth.

To make research evidence and evaluation accessible and relevant to Ontario’s youth sector through knowledge mobilization, capacity building and evaluation leadership.

YouthREX is focused on two questions:

  1. How can we use evidence from research, practice and lived experience to support grassroots youth sector organizations make more informed decisions about youth programming? 
  2. How can we use data and stories from youth programming to better understand, measure and share their impact in ways that drives change and improves youth wellbeing?

The grassroots youth sector and youth-led organizations and initiatives in Ontario provide essential “youth relevant” services to and with Ontario youth and the communities where they live. The sector generates social value not only through direct service but also through providing access to opportunities for personal, social, and professional development for many without equitable access to positive youth development pathways.