A Provincial Exchange

The Youth.
The Work.
The System.

Knowledge to Action
For Youth Wellbeing

Program: Thursday October 27, 2016

Pre-Exchange Workshops

Register for one of our pre-Exchange workshops for a focused, hands-on learning day on one of three topics. 

YouthREX is offering three workshops for a limited number of participants to experience a day of deeper engagement, practical learning and networking on the following topics: Indigenizing Youth Work, Critical Narrative Practices in Youth Work and Managing Evaluation Data. These workshops will each be a full learning day from 10am – 3pm at York University and will include lunch and refreshments. There is no cost to attend.

Registration is open to those who are currently engaged in Ontario’s youth sector in either a paid or volunteer capacity, on a first come, first serve basis though priority will be given to frontline youth workers.

Unpacking Our Stories:
Using Critical Narrative Practices in Youth Work

Harjeet Badwall
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
York University

Academic Lead
Customized Evaluation Supports, YouthREX

What insights do stories offer us about how we come to know ourselves and others? How can engagement with narration and narrative ideas support our commitments to social justice with/in the youth sector?

Narrative Practices can support us to “unpack” stories that frame young people’s lives. It also helps us access powerful narratives of resistance, change and hope. Join us to learn about the possibilities Critical Narrative Approaches offer our work in the youth sector. In this workshop Dr. Harjeet Badwall will introduce the foundations of Narrative Practices from a critical perspective and facilitate interactive and hands-on activities.

Indigenizing Youth Work:
Towards a New Relationship

Melissa Compton
Robbyn Zwaigenbaum
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

One of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action involves youth work. The TRC calls on “the federal government to establish multiyear funding for community-based youth organizations to deliver programs on reconciliation, and establish a national network to share information and best practices.”

In preparation for this important work, this interactive workshop will explore the following:

  • What is reconciliation in the youth sector and how does it unsettle existing structures and practices?
  • What happens when we acknowledge that we are on Indigenous land and that the majority of youth programs are built and exist within colonial structures?
  • What changes when we come to an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s colonial history and exploitive relationship with First Nations?

This engaging workshop will examine these questions in relation to the ongoing restorative work of reconciliation and explore how we can learn from and integrate Indigenous experience, history, theory and worldviews into youth work practice in order to improve outcomes for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth living on Turtle Island.

Where Does the Data Go?
Using Spreadsheets to Manage Youth Program Evaluation

Sidney Shapiro
Research Assistant
YouthREX’s Northeastern Regional Hub
@Laurentian University

Corliss Bean
Research and Eval Specialist

Most organizations collect some type of information as part of their work with youth, for example intake forms or applications, attendance records, case notes, and program documentation. The critical question is, how are you using the information that you collect as part of your everyday work with youth in your program evaluation?  What can you learn from the information you already collect? If you are missing important information, how will you collect it?

The question of what information to collect also comes with the question of how to manage and use it. The goal is to build a data management system that works with the capabilities of the organization, and makes it easier to evaluate how your programs are working. This workshop introduces participants to data management strategies with a particular focus on using spreadsheets. We show you how to set them up, enter data, and do simple analysis. More specifically, this workshop will teach participants how to structure data in a spreadsheet and use the eight key formulas required to do basic data analysis. Participants will also work to understand and identify what data should be collected, the pros and cons of using validated tools and other methods, how to use a spreadsheet to manage your data, and how to create data analysis plan.