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 July 2016, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust began an evaluation journey with our Central Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
Egale Youth OUTreach Centre

Racialized Youth
Newcomer Youth
Youth living in poverty

– Health & Wellness

Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety
Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

July 2016

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Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, violence and harassment in schools, in families and in communities combined with experiencing homelessness and other stressors take their toll on mental health and overall well-being. Egale Youth OUTreach was created to help address these challenges by providing direct services to LGBTIQ2S youth.

Founded in 1995, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.

Egale Youth OUTreach (EYO) is Toronto’s first and only LGBTQI2S focused drop-in counselling centre that provides affirming and supportive counselling, homelessness, suicide and crisis intervention services to LGBTQI2S youth 29 and under.

“Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.”

– Egale Canada Human Rights Trust

Egale’s Youth OUTreach Centre provides same day, no waitlist counselling and crisis support, peer support, assistance to access resources, therapeutic and peer-based group support and programs and much more.

“The goal is to measure how we make a difference – are we making a difference that alleviates crisis, and helps develop stability? We want to find out from a participant-perspective if this is happening.”

– Egale Canada Human Rights Trust

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

When asked about why they chose to use YouthREX’s CES process, Egale Canada said, “The biggest opportunity for us right now is in developing concrete program outcomes, and assessing our impact and ability to reach these through short and longer-term program inputs and activities. The opportunity to involve participants throughout the evaluation process would also make this evaluation process highly successful.”

Currently, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is in the Discovery Phase, Step 2 – Understanding Your Program, of our Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing.

“Our youth want to be able to provide feedback, and be involved in the program, but they need to be involved in the safest way possible. A youth advisory committee, for instance, would be a way of people being actively engaged in the evaluation, and learning together. This way the youth are going beyond consultation to active involvement. In future meetings, we hope to invite some of the youth.”

– Egale Canada Human Rights Trust

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