Webinar Recap: June 27 | Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

How might we leverage technology and digital tools to better support and enhance youth work? How can the youth sector build its capacity to utilize technology in ways that reflect the context(s) and needs of the sector? How might online spaces/tools foster or hinder opportunities for the human connection that is so needed in youth work?

In October 2016, YouthREX hosted a Design Day, welcoming over 40 youth sector stakeholders to collaboratively tackle four ‘thorny’ challenges that youth and youth workers experience through a series of design thinking-based activities. Each of the eight groups developed a prototype for one possible solution to address the challenge(s) at hand. When we sat down and reviewed all the prototypes, one thing was clear: the pitches reflected the desire, and perhaps a need, for the youth sector to integrate technology more effectively into our work. Click here for a blog post on the prototypes and here for our full Design Day report, Collaborative Designing for Youth Wellbeing

In this webinar, we explored how and in what ways the youth sector could potentially leverage technology to increase access to information and resources, while also creating space for connection between stakeholders. We were excited to welcome Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder and Director of Technology at TakingITGlobal, Kathryn McLeod, Marketing and Innovation Lead at mindyourmind, and Jessica Valleu, a Virtual Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto, who shared how they leverage technology in their work with youth.


Michael Furdyk
Co-Founder and Director of Technology
@takingitglobal | @mfurdyk

TakingITGlobal is the world’s largest community for young people interested in social change. It provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Over the last decade, Michael has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries.

Kathryn McLeod
Marketing and Innovation Lead

Kathryn uses technology to work with young people to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience. In order to do she evaluates emerging technologies, trends and insights and provides strategic leadership towards adoption in order to drive towards growth. She also develops marketing strategies and coaches youth interns on these strategies for their new incubation *coming soon* and crowd-funding platform, Be Change.

Jessica Valleu
Youth Outreach Worker
East Metro Youth Services
@EastMetro_EMYS | @Jess_VirtualYOW

The Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program is a comprehensive multi-agency outreach initiative that works with youth facing barriers to wellbeing and who live in underserved neighbourhoods across the province. Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) engage youth ages 12-21 years old and their families and help them better navigate and connect with services and supports in their communities. Jessica has an extensive background in a wide range of youth work contexts. Currently, she is piloting a Virtual YOW service by using social media as the primary tool for engaging youth and their families.