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1 yOUTH eNGAGEMENT: mAKING iT hAPPEN

2 gOALS for tODAY… Develop a greater understanding of meaningful youth engagement + Learn about tools and strategies to successfully engage youth Feeling confident that youth engagement is important and that you can play a role!

3 a fEW aCTIVITIES… involving play dough and standing up

4 TermWhat it is…What it is not… TermWhat it is…What it is not… Youth engagement Youth feeling empowered as partners to make decisions Youth having little to no influence or decision- making power Youth/adult partnerships Youth and adults having equal control and accountability in the project Adults stepping back and surrender all power and responsibility Adult ally Adults acting as teachers and learners; Power with youth Power over youth Youth Untapped resources within communities Youth arent problems that need to be solved yOUTH eNGAGEMENT vOCABULARY…

5 yOUTH eNGAGEMENT… Empowering all youth as valued partners in addressing and making decisions about issues that affect them personally and/or that they believe to be important. The New Mentality

6 gETTING it sTARTED and kEEPING it gOING… The New Mentality

7 aDULT aLLIES aRE… Brainstorm the characteristics of an adult ally sTARTING to tHINK aBOUT yOUR rOLE…

8 a wORD about aDULT aLLIES… yOUTH fRIENDLY oPEN mINDED uNDERSTANDING tRUTHFUL hELPFUL eNCOURAGING nOWLEDGABLE gENUINE aPPROACHABLE gOOD LISTENER eASY gOING mEANINGFUL eNERGETIC nON-jUDGEMENTAL tHOUGHTFUL

9 fOUR pILLARS of yOUTH eNGAGEMENT… Respect Listen Understand Communicate Source: Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

10 bARRIERS and oBSTACLES to mEANINGFUL yOUTH eNGAGMENT… What are they? At your tables, identify 3 barriers, roadblocks or obstacles…

11 bARRIERS and oBSTACLES to mEANINGFUL yOUTH eNGAGEMENT… Lack of organizational support Under-investment of time and resources Poor logistics Unclear roles and objectives Lack of training or understanding YE practice Little or No recognition of youth contribution of time and input

12 tOP 10 tOOLS to mAKE it wORK! What are they? At your tables, discuss the various tools provided in your toolkit…if you could only keep 10 tools in your toolkit, what would they be?

13 tOP 10 tIPS to mAKE it wORK! 1.Take time to really LISTEN 2.Welcome ideas and validate opinions 3.Allow youth to make mistakes 4.Allow yourself to make mistakes 5.Balance the power 6.Hold realistic expectations 7.Never underestimate the potential of youth 8.Be real with young people 9.Practice what you preach 10.Treat youth with respect

14 and a few hELPFUL links… Visit: Ready, Set, Engage! by Nancy Pereira of the New Mentality A step-by-step guide to Youth Engagement in the Child and Youth Mental Health sector Erin Smith,Youth Engagement Coordinator The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO


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