Workshop Feb 7,2018 | Sudbury | Anti-Oppressive Practice in Youth Work: Towards Transformative Leadership

Wednesday, February 07, 2018
11:00am – 3:00pm EST
South End Public Library
1991 Regent Street, Sudbury, ON P3E 5V3

“Anti-oppression is the lens through which one understands how race, gender, sexual orientation, and identity, ability, age, class, occupation, and social service usage, can result in systemic inequalities for particular groups. Anti-oppressive practice (AOP) refers to engaging in work that critically examines how social structures and social institutions work to create and perpetuate the oppression and marginalization of those who have been identified as not belonging to the dominant group.”

Join us in this workshop and explore the transformative potential of Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) for working with youth. Together, we will create a ‘safe space’ to engage in critical and contextualized analyses, identify key tools, share resources and refine our individual and collective abilities to effectively address the systemic nature and scope of youth exclusion largely prevalent in low-income, marginalized and racialized communities. We will explore how an understanding of intersectionality, asset-based frameworks and critical reflexivity can support our everyday work with young people as well as identify options and opportunities for change.

Learning Goals:

  • Explore and understand the concepts of systemic oppression and intersectionality.
  • Understand the impact of systemic inequalities on the psychosocial realities of youth we work with.
  • Explore AOP options and strategies for supporting youth to question, challenge, disrupt, and dismantle oppressive systems and structural barriers.
  • Explore the vital role that trauma and trauma-informed practices play in advancing a meaningful, community based, progressive youth agenda

Lunch and beverages are provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP soon!

Nene Kwasi Kafele

Nene is an educator, social justice and youth advocate, researcher and community organizer. He has held senior positions at CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto and in the Ontario Provincial government. He was also the Executive Director of the Jamaican Canadian Association (the largest African Canadian social service agency in Canada). Nene has taught at the University of Toronto’s School of Social Work as well as York University’s Schulich School of Business. He has also developed and taught a York University (Faculty of Education) certificate course on community capacity building in working with urban youth called Advancing Equity, Building Youth Capacity. He has a passion for working and organizing with youth and has extensive planning and leadership expertise in the the areas of Youth Life Cycle Training (Rites of Passage) youth leadership, Community Economic Development, Anti-Oppression, Community Development and Strategic Planning. Nene is listed in “Who is Who In Black Canada” and is the founder of Tabono Institute the only African Canadian research and public policy agency.

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