The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services (2014-2016), launched YouthREX on December 2, 2014 as part of Ontario’s Youth Action Plan.

YouthREX is an important part of the commitment in Ontario’s Youth Action Plan to mobilize research about youth, increase understanding of positive youth development and invest in continuous quality improvement in Ontario’s youth programming.

Ontario’s Youth Action Plan was launched in 2012; a key accomplishment of the plan is Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.

Stepping Up is an evidence-based strategic framework for improving youth outcomes. The framework identifies seven themes of youth wellbeing that also inform the work of YouthREX:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Strong, Supportive Friends and Families
  • Education, Training and Apprenticeships
  • Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Diversity, Social Inclusion and Safety
  • Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership
  • Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities.

To learn more about these themes, click here.