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 February 2016, Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre began an evaluation journey with our Northeastern Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre
Community Outreach

TARGET POPULATION
Youth (ages 14 and older)

RELATED STEPPING UP THEME(S)
Education, Training & Apprenticeships

– Employment & Entrepreneurship

CES START DATE
February 2016

Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) delivers support and education on workers rights, provides community spaces for workers to share and learn together, and ensures that all workers have a voice and are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.

MISSION
The Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) is an organization of workers, students and community volunteers committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Community Outreach program provides public legal education and information on workers’ rights (Employment Standards, Health and Safety, Human Rights) to all members of the community, however a large portion of those in attendance are students of working age (14 years and older) because the organization spends a great deal of time in local youth centres, high schools, universities and other organizations primarily frequented by youth.

“Youth are exempt and treated different in a great deal of current employment legislation, and we are trying to make them aware of their rights, empowering them to speak up when they are being treated unfairly at work and also provide them tools and resources on where to go in Sudbury for help.”

– Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre

Through Community Outreach, SWEAC facilitates workshops on workers’ rights, advocates for workers experiencing violations of their workplace rights, and engages workers in Decent Work Campaigns such as the Fight for $15 and Fairness.

“We would like to better manage our evaluation and ensure that we are asking the proper questions to the youth we service so that we better understand their relationship to low-wage and precarious work within the Sudbury area, all while informing them about their rights as workers.”

– Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

SWEAC recognizes that the people in their programs often face very precarious working conditions and are not always available because of shift work. It can be difficult to stay in contact, and in addition to this, appointments aren’t always kept because the nature of program participants’ day-to-day lives is chaotic. By taking part in the CES process, SWEAC wants to find ways to help program participants keep appointments and find better ways to stay in touch.

In addition to supporting SWEAC with managing data, YouthREX collaborated with SWEAC to do a complete program logic model, which is part of the Discovery Phase of our Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing.

“At the end of each presentation youth are asked to fill out a survey on how we can improve our programs and outreach. SWEAC also has many active youth volunteers who help with program delivery.”

– Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre

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