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 June 2016, the Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) began an evaluation journey with our Eastern Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

Osgoode Youth Association
Teen Leadership Camp

TARGET POPULATION
Youth living in rural and remote communities

RELATED STEPPING UP THEME(S)
Health & Wellness

Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities
– Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership
Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Safety
– Education, Training, and Apprenticeship

CES START DATE
June 2016

CES FACTSHEET
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The Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) is a community built and operated non-profit youth centre located in the rural south Ottawa Village of Osgoode, Ontario. Read on to learn about their CES journey!

MISSION
O-YA’s programs increase opportunities for children and youth to be engaged in the critical hours outside of school – a goal which is particularly important for youth living in a rural community without public transportation or local middle / high schools.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
O-YA’s Teen Leadership Camp focuses on teaching the fundamentals of team building and leadership by developing problem-solving skills and gaining self-confidence in a challenging and positive environment. Participants will learn life long skills all in this intensive, yet fun, learning environment.

“One big thing that we instil in our Leadership Camp is perseverance. We intentionally present youth with challenges, and then teach them how to either get over those challenges or fail and try again. The important thing is not to give up.”

– Osgoode Youth Association

Through their one-week Leadership Camp offered in the summer, O-YA provides Community Based Challenges (City Councillor Challenge, Business Challenge, 150 & Me Challenge), leadership training and development activities, and social recreation and peer mentoring activities.

“I think the rural component is probably the biggest key.  Also important is the fact that this isn’t really our only touch piece with these kids.  For some of them it will be the first and only time that we ever meet them, but for most of them, we’ve seen them here before and we will see them here again.”

– Osgoode Youth Association

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

O-YA’s intention for evaluating their Teen Leadership Camp is to ensure that they’re meeting the program outcomes as laid out in their Logic Model. O-YA also wants to make sure that the participants are getting all of the program benefits that they intended. Additionally, O-YA would like to grow the Leadership Camp from a one week program during the summer to a year long program that reaches more youth participants. O-YA will use evaluation results to continually improve their program inputs, outputs and outcomes.

Currently, the Osgoode Youth Association is in the Action Phase, Stage 4 – Collecting Evidence, of our Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing.

“O-YA was excited to work with YouthREX in 2016 on our Leadership Camp evaluation. The YouthREX team was instrumental in bringing together youth who were in both the 2015 and 2016 Leadership Camps to help us develop our Logic Model and the format for evaluation. We’re excited to share evaluation results with that team of youth so they can help us improve the program.”

– Osgoode Youth Association

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