Visioning Transformative Youth Work: Collaborative Design Day


YouthREX, in partnership with the York Research Chair in Youth and Contexts of Inequity held by Dr. Uzo Anucha, invites you to join us for a Collaborative Design Day!

Our Special Guest will be Dr. Tania de St Croix, renowned critical youth studies and youth work scholar, author, former youth worker, and professor at King’s College London, UK.

Together we will explore the joys, challenges, and tensions of youth work. Through storytelling and design thinking principles, we will collaboratively craft a vision for creative and viable forms of transformative youth work practices.

🗓️ Wednesday, September 06
📍 In-Person @ York University (9:30 AM to 4:30 PM)
Livestream (10 AM to 11 AM & 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)

The Design Day is a hybrid event, open to all youth sector stakeholders in Ontario, especially youth workers, and free to attend, including costs of meals, refreshments, and materials for the in-person event.

Agenda At-A-Glance
(A = In-Person Only; B = Livestream)

9:30 AM: Registration & Networking Café (A)

10 AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks / Keynote by Dr. Tania de St Croix (B)

11:30 AM: Networking Lunch w/Spoken Word Performance (A)

12:30 PM: Insights from the Ontario Youth Sector Compass by Dr. Uzo Anucha and the YouthREX Team (B)

2 PM: Storytelling Labs co-facilitated by Dr. Tania de St Croix (A)

3:30 PM: Harvests from the Storytelling Labs & Discussion (A)

YouthREX has a limited number of bursaries to support youth workers outside of the Greater Toronto Area to travel to York University to attend this event in person. To apply, please register for the in-person event and apply for a bursary by the deadline (Friday, August 18th at 5PM ET).

Click here to register join us in-person!

Click here to register to join us via livestream!


Dr. Tania de St Croix’s research is grounded in an appreciation and celebration of youth work and a critical understanding of the evaluation landscape. She was a youth worker for over 20 years and is a founding member of In Defence of Youth Work, a network of critical and radical youth workers in the UK, and the editor of the open-access journal, Youth & Policy.

She is currently working with Louise Doherty to research how young people and youth workers experience evaluation and outcomes frameworks. Her book, Grassroots Youth Work: Policy, Passion and Resistance in Practice, draws on a three-year qualitative research project investigating how youth workers experience a working context dominated by managerialism and marketization in times of austerity.

Follow Tania on Twitter @tania_dsc.

Hybrid (Online & In-Person)

September 6, 2023 9:30 am


September 6, 2023 4:30 pm

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