Stepping Up – Strong, Supportive Friends & Families


Stepping Up – Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

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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.

Strong, Supportive Friends & Families is one of the framework’s seven themes and has three associated outcomes.

Why Strong, Supportive Friends & Families?
It is vital that parents, guardians, mentors, and friends support young people along their path to adulthood by helping and encouraging them to gain important life skills. Adults who understand the developmental needs of youth are better able to help them navigate new challenges, and access services in their communities.  For some families, however, providing the basic necessities is hard. These families may require additional services and supports. This is particularly true when young people continue to receive support from their families as they transition into adulthood.

Youth Research & Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). (2016). Stepping Up – Strong, Supportive Friends & Families. Toronto, ON: Author.

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