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1 Supporting Communities to Create Places Where All Youth Thrive A free web-based resource for leaders in communities and schools across Ontario who work with youth ages YouThrive acknowledges the support of the Government of Ontario.

2 YouThrive.ca What is YouThrive?

3 This session is designed to provide: -Introduction to YouThrive -Overview of development process, content, and key concepts -Opportunity to learn about the YouThrive partnership -Orientation to its practical use YouThrive.ca Session Objectives

4 To learn what supports were needed to implement the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum, extensive consultations were conducted in To learn what supports were needed to implement the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum, extensive consultations were conducted in Results revealed an overwhelming need for supports and resources that: Results revealed an overwhelming need for supports and resources that: – Extend and reinforce the learning related to: healthy eating, tobacco use and exposure, alcohol/substance misuse, and mental health – Apply the Foundations for a Healthy Schools Framework – Reinforce and further advance the vision and expectations of the H&PE curriculum, and other key provincial policies YouThrive.ca The Need

5 Partnerships with leading agencies in mental health, substance use, tobacco use, and youth engagement Partnerships with leading agencies in mental health, substance use, tobacco use, and youth engagement Funding secured from the Government of Ontario through Healthy Communities Fund Funding secured from the Government of Ontario through Healthy Communities Fund Environmental scan of existing resources Environmental scan of existing resources Needs assessment with community health, public health, education, and parks and recreation leaders Needs assessment with community health, public health, education, and parks and recreation leaders YouThrive.ca The Response

6 Majority of respondents identified a gap in mental health resources Majority of respondents identified a gap in mental health resources Respondents felt that the development of a resource would meet their needs, and help to close the gap Respondents felt that the development of a resource would meet their needs, and help to close the gap Respondents wanted a resource that was interactive, practical, and easily accessible (online) Respondents wanted a resource that was interactive, practical, and easily accessible (online) YouThrive.ca Needs Assessment Key Findings

7 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to YouThrive

8 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to YouThrive

9 Key Question: How do we help young people to successfully manage life’s ups and downs, and to avoid acting in ways that can harm their health? How do we help young people to successfully manage life’s ups and downs, and to avoid acting in ways that can harm their health?Answer: 1.Apply a health promotion approach to promote young people’s health and well-being 2.Address factors that enhance mental health and create supportive environments YouThrive.ca The Theory Behind YouThrive

10 Health Promotion Action #1: Build healthy public policy Health Promotion Action #1: Build healthy public policy Health Promotion Action #2: Create supportive environments Health Promotion Action #2: Create supportive environments Health Promotion Action #3: Strengthen community actions Health Promotion Action #3: Strengthen community actions Health Promotion Action #4: Develop personal skills Health Promotion Action #4: Develop personal skills Health Promotion Action #5: Re-orient health services Health Promotion Action #5: Re-orient health services Cross-Cutting Strategy #1: Youth engagement Cross-Cutting Strategy #1: Youth engagement Cross-Cutting Strategy #2: Social inclusion and equity Cross-Cutting Strategy #2: Social inclusion and equity YouThrive.ca The Theory Behind YouThrive 1. Apply a Health Promotion Approach

11 YouThrive.ca The Theory Behind YouThrive 2. Address factors that enhance mental health & create supportive environments Key determinants of mental health: Key determinants of mental health: – Social inclusion – Freedom from discrimination and violence – Economic participation Resilience Resilience Engagement Engagement

12 YouThrive.ca YouThrive Video

13 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Make the Links

14 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Make the Links

15 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Success Stories

16 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Action Now

17 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Take Stock

18 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Prioritize

19 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Strategize

20 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Act

21 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Reflect

22 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Repeat

23 YouThrive.ca YouThrive.ca in Your Setting How could you use YouThrive.ca in your school, community, or organization?

24 YouThrive.ca YouThrive.ca in Your Setting Can be used for: Can be used for: – Professional development – Train-the-trainer – Funding proposals – Activities to do with youth – H&PE classes – Drawing upon information from website for articles on youth in different contexts YouThrive introduces a theoretical framework that can be applied to work with youth YouThrive introduces a theoretical framework that can be applied to work with youth – Does not provide a precise recipe to apply – Rather an overall framework to inform work with youth

25 YouThrive.ca Connecting You to Help

26 YouThrive.ca Contact Information Ryan Albright, Marianne Kobus-Matthews, Gail Glatt,


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