Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive How much risk is too much risk? Are we keeping our kids too safe? Need to teach youth what is appropriate risk taking, how to assess risk and how to keep themselves safe rather than doing it for them Strength Based Counseling: with At-Risk Youth Six strategies for nurturing resiliency The hidden coping of disadvantaged youth Michael Under
Traditional understanding of the youth address the internal variables: the nature of the youth the individual Approaches focus on building self-esteem, optimism and independence of the individual almost in isolation of the external environment Approaches to Youth Resiliency
In February 2009, OPHA received Health Canada funding to lead a provincial Youth Engagement (YE) Project. Working closely with six pilot sites throughout Ontario, OPHA assisted with local youth engagement initiatives and developed tools and resources for organizations to use when working with youth OPHA
No two communities will be the same or require the same supports and developments All aspects of the local community as well as the wider society (Global economic conditions, political unrest, violence etc.) will fluctuate Seek to be aware of the environment created through public policy and actions which have an influence on resiliency What can we do?
Whereas youth in their high school years are developing independence and assessing risk taking, the environment created by the lack of sidewalk inhibited appropriate opportunities. Youth began crossing the 4 lane highway in the midst of traffic Environmental Resiliency