CES Spotlight blog posts shine a light on youth sector programs and initiatives in Ontario that are undertaking an evaluation journey in collaboration with YouthREX’s Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) at one of our regional hubs across Ontario. The blog posts describe the programs and initiatives and how evaluation supports their objectives to improve youth wellbeing.

In January 2016, Community Academic Reciprocal Engagement (CARE) began an evaluation journey with our Central Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

Community Academic Reciprocal Engagement (CARE)
CARE Afterschool Program

Racialized Youth
Newcomer Youth

Health & Wellness

Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety
Education, Training & Apprenticeships

January 21, 2016

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Through the CARE (Community Academic Reciprocal Engagement) program, participants explore gender and race issues that impact health and identity of Black youth and enhance their visibility by honouring their lived realities.

The CARE (Community Academic Reciprocal Engagement) program seeks to inspire Black middle-school girls and promote reflexivity among social work students.

The program engages graduate social work and allied students from Wilfrid Laurier and Black girls grades 6-8 in an intervention that promotes benefits for both groups through an arts-based after school program. The after school program focuses on the creation of arts projects that have a social justice aim.

“The goal was to demystify post-secondary education, increase possibilities, inspire hopes, possibilities, dreams for these girls who have just been ignored by society.”

– Funke Oba, Founder

The CARE Program facilitates weekly after-school programs that include young Black girls and university students. The program culminates with an end of project exhibit of works produced.

“We’re hoping to show the impact from the project, learn some insights from it, and long-term we want to develop a community toolkit that gives the social workers and healthcare professionals some reflective pieces about what are the best practices, and ways to evaluate how equipped they are with racialized youth.”

– Funke Oba, Founder

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

Recognizing that Canada is taking in an unprecedented number of refugees, CARE wanted to learn from racialized youth who are already here. By doing this, their goal is to create an environment where refugees thrive and enhance their prospects of civic participation.

Currently, CARE is in the Legacy Phase, Step 6 – Learning from Evidence: Internal Communication, of our Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing.

“We want it to be art-based but we are open to other forms of evaluation if people want to write scholarly articles and things like that. Because I want the youth to be involved, and in art space everyone can do the evaluation.”

– Funke Oba, Founder

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