Stepping Up – Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities


Stepping Up – Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities

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This factsheet was developed by YouthREX from Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services.


Stepping Up is a strategic framework from the Ministry of Children & Youth Services that strengthens the Government of Ontario’s commitment to young people. By identifying the government’s priorities, Stepping Up serves as an important tool when it comes to making decisions about Ontario’s youth. Stepping Up consists of seven themes and 20 outcomes that help inform and align the work of service providers, community groups, etc., with research and what youth themselves believe they need in order to succeed.

Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities is one of the framework’s seven themes and has two associated outcomes.

Why Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities?
Ontario’s youth service sector is fragmented: the youth-serving sector in Ontario is made up of federal, provincial, municipal, and First Nations governments, schools, health providers, community organizations, and parents. In most communities, there is often no formal network that brings these sectors together and it can be challenging for families and young people to identify available supports and services.

Youth Research & Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). (2016). Stepping Up – Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities. Toronto, ON: Author.

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