Working at YouthREX has given us a unique opportunity to see firsthand the life-changing, and community-changing work that grassroots youth-serving organizations around the province are doing. Now, don’t get us wrong – we love getting know and be inspired by these organizations – but we feel it’s a little unfair to the rest of Ontario to keep what we know about this awesome youth work to ourselves. That’s why we launched the #YelltheTruth campaign back in 2015 to profile stories and examples about how these organizations are facilitating opportunities for youth leadership and participation in Ontario communities, acting as powerful agents of change in one (or more) of the seven themes outlined in Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.
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The main way we #YelltheTruth is via our Instagram, where we feature YouthREX work and announcements, as well as the many grassroots youth organizations in Ontario! We love featuring inspiring youth sector organizations, youth and youth sector leaders here. We also want to hear from all of you, so please keep letting us know how your organization or initiative yells YOUR truth via Instagram @yellthetruth and Twitter, @REXforYouth. Just use the hashtag #YelltheTruth, message us or e-mail us at email@example.com.
In 2014-2015, we ran a contest inviting organizations from around the province to show us how they #YelltheTruth. The submissions were pretty incredible, offering a creative insight into not only what these organizations believe their truths to be, but also how they share them with others. In choosing the winners, we were left humbled by the passion and dedication that goes into supporting youth in communities across Ontario. In the end, 10 winners were chosen for a variety of factors including: submission quality/content, geography, desired prize and sustainability of the organization. For more information on last year’s winners, please click here (and be prepared to be inspired!) Don’t forget to visit our blog where we’ve been catching up with some of last year’s winners.
In 2016, we decided not to have a competition (because really, every organization we support is a winner) but still very much want to continue the campaign. Instead, we’re launching a multi-part digital campaign that we hope you’ll take part in!
Part 1: In order to truly provide adequate and necessary support to organizations, we thought it best to kick off the campaign by reflecting on why and how we at YouthREX #YelltheTruth. We asked staff members to write in their own words what #YelltheTruth means to them and we’re excited to share their responses with you.
We’ve also reached out to organizations to answer this question. We wanted to provide them with a platform and shine light on work that often goes unnoticed. Over the past few weeks we’ve been sharing the responses through our social media, so check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see all the great images. You can also find some of the participating organizations responses below.
Part 2: In April we launched our CES organizations 2016 Resolutions via our Instagram @YelltheTruth. We just love the amazing work that our CES organizations are doing and we want to make all their new year’s wishes come true.
YouthREX CES Organizations #YelltheTruth!
YouthREX Staff #YelltheTruth!