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TAKE 5: Visioning Transformative Youth Work — Insights from the Ontario Youth Sector Study

2024

TAKE 5: Visioning Transformative Youth Work — Insights from the Ontario Youth Sector Study

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This factsheet was developed by YouthREX.

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YouthREX’s Visioning Transformative Youth Work: Collaborative Design Day on September 6th, 2023, brought together youth sector stakeholders to explore the joys, challenges, and tensions of youth work. The goals were to connect youth workers in an inclusive and supportive environment to imagine the possibilities for solving pressing challenges in the youth sector, and to listen to and learn with one another. Through storytelling and design thinking principles, participants worked together to craft a vision for creative and viable forms of transformative youth work practices.

Dr. Uzo Anucha, YouthREX’s Provincial Academic Director and York Research Chair in Youth and Contexts of Inequity, presented insights from the Ontario Youth Sector Compass research project. This study included online surveys completed by more than 3,500 youth and 400 youth workers across Ontario, as well as interviews with close to 200 youth and youth workers, to better understand what young people need to thrive.

This Factsheet summarizes five key takeaways from Uzo’s presentation, including illustrative quotes from youth and youth worker research participants.

Read the Design Day Story in our Knowledge to Action Report!

Youth Research & Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). (2024). TAKE 5: Visioning Transformative Youth Work — Insights from the Ontario Youth Sector Study.

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