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Our workshops build evaluation and critical youth work capacity:
face-to-face, live online, and self-paced online.

Some workshops support skills development in a particular area, while others introduce concepts that support critical thinking in youth work practice.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults: Supporting Youth

Online Course:
February 21 and February 28, 2024,  9 AM - 12.30 PM
Applications Open: January 3 - January 26, 2024
Notices of Acceptance: February 5, 2024
Participants will need access to a computer (not a cell phone), webcam, and microphone.

YouthREX is excited to offer this 10-hour course developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. YouthREX will cover the full costs for 25 – 30 youth workers to complete the course in-person and the full costs for another 25 – 30 youth workers to complete the course in live virtual sessions.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a mental health crisis, or a worsening of their mental health. This course is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 14-25). Participants will be prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people.

The course includes a 2-hour self-directed module (Module 1) on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practise throughout the live in-person or virtual sessions that focus on Modules 2 and 3.

After acceptance, participants will receive the “MHFA – Supporting Youth Participant Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises.

Who is this course for?

Eligible participants are currently working in a frontline capacity with young people in a youth program in Ontario

Able to commit 10 hours (2 hours for self-paced learning for Module 1 and 8 hours for in-person sessions or two 4 hours virtual sessions)

The course is only open to participants who have not previously completed the MHFA course and is not intended for those seeking recertification

Participants will learn how to:

recognize signs that a young person may be experiencing a decline in their mental wellbeing or a mental health or substance use crisis

initiate conversations that encourage a young person to talk about a mental health or substance use problem

discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental wellbeing

assist in a mental health or substance use crisis situation

check in with one’s own mental wellbeing and take action as needed

Self-Paced Online Workshops

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Introduction to Evaluation

This workshop includes two live recorded webinars designed to provide a foundational knowledge of Evaluation for youth programs. 

Logic Modelling for Intentional Program

Explore how Logic Models can be used to support program design, planning, and evaluation of youth programs.

How to Tell a Story with Data Visualization

Learn how to visualize your data so your stakeholders can easily understand it and retain the information, using principles of accessibility, simplicity and emphasis. 

The Stages of Change  Framework

This workshop provides youth workers with an understanding of how to support youth to make difficult but necessary changes in their lives using the Stages of Change Framework. The workshop also includes lectures on Motivational Interviewing and how to combine this with the Stages of Change Framework.

Trauma-Informed Youth Work

How can we re-imagine our work with young people and their communities from a trauma-informed approach that only focuses on individual harm and injury to a healing-centered practice that fosters possibility and advances collective wellbeing? Learn from our instructors how trauma affects young people, and how healing-centered engagement can advance our work with young people.

Youth Violence Workshop

This workshop explores what violence and youth justice mean for young people that are susceptible and implicated in violence. It also explores the broader social context and complexities of violence in the lives of young people.

Anti-Oppressive Practice in Youth Work

This workshop explores the transformative potential of Anti-Oppressive Practice frameworks for working with youth. It includes lectures on anti-Black racism, Indigenous perspectives, Islamophobia and youth, and supporting LGBTQ+ youth. The workshop will explore strategies for supporting youth to question and challenge oppressive systems and structural barriers.

The Personal and Professional Contexts of Youth Work

The lectures in this workshop unpack what “youth work” means personally and professionally and take up the question: what does “youth work” mean in terms of our professional practices and obligations? The lectures explore the importance of situating ourselves in our work with young people, then examine the foundational values that youth work is built on.

Engaging Black Youth and their Families 

This workshop explores how to facilitate equitable spaces for Black youth that supports their authentic participation and advocacy; shares strategies for allying with Black youth and their families; and provides an understanding of parenting within the context of historical trauma.

Face-to-Face Workshops

Evaluation 101 & Evaluation 102

This workshop series supports participants to develop an evaluation plan, implement it, and use the findings to improve their programs and share their impact.


Charting Change: Using Logic Models for Youth Program Evaluation

This workshop is highly interactive, includes a hands-on logic modelling activity, and provides participants with tools, templates, and resources for undertaking logic modelling on their own.

Intentional Program Design for Youth Wellbeing

This workshop explores the concept of intentionality as a framework for creating a new “architecture” in youth programs. Participants explore the structure and schedule of youth programs from three different lenses and learn about effective program design from the perspective of youth.

Youth Engagement in Action! From Programs for Youth to Programs with Youth

This workshop invites youth workers to explore the why, what, and how of youth-adult partnerships in community programs and agencies. Attendees have the opportunity to explore questions of leadership and advocacy strategies and to review and refine their agency's approach to youth engagement and partnership.


If you have an idea for a workshop or are interested in collaborating with our team to bring a workshop to your program, organization or community, please contact us!  

Exciting news! Check out our upcoming Teach-In on December 7th! 🗓️
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