Boys _ Girls Clubs of Ontario by gjjur4356


									          The Youth ABC’s
(Ability to Bring Change!) Initiative
 Goals of the Initiative
 Developed by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs Ontario Youth
  Council – a “by-youth-for-youth approach”

 Aimed at building the capacity of youth to act as positive change
  agents at the local/community and provincial levels, by:

       -       Facilitating dialogue with youth peers and adult allies;
       -       Participating in youth-led, strength-based, community
       -       Helping to bring youth leadership and perspectives to
               public policy; and
       -       Training other youth to participate in or help to lead
               social change, through a youth “peer to peer” learning
 The Approach

 Participating youth learning about effecting change through
  community development and public policy

 3 major current components of the “by-youth-for-youth” curriculum:
      1.       Making Healthy Choices
      2.       Making Change through Strength-Based Community
      3.       Making Change through Public Policy

 Participating youth discussing – and would welcome the opportunity
  to contribute to – the development of an Ontario Youth Strategy
  Key Milestones and Plans

 May 2010 – Youth Train-the-Trainer Event, Hamilton, ON -- 60 youth
  across Ontario trained in basic facilitation skills.

 Late Spring 2010 – 3 major current components of curriculum

 August 2010 – BGCC Ontario Youth Conference – 70 youth from
  across Ontario trained to deliver the modules to other youth, and to
  participate in public policy.

 Fall 2010, Winter 2011 – BGCC youth asked to convene and host
  youth forums at Boys and Girls Clubs and other venues across
   Some Reflections

 Youth are hungry to contribute to initiatives that affect their lives, and
  have strong skills to bring to these discussions

 Some youth will self-organize; others prefer and may need some

 Organizations such as BGCC, MASS, United Way and Laidlaw can
  provide networked institutional assistance

 With only modest support to facilitate their participation, youth can
  develop strong, thoughtful, practical policy and other ideas….quickly

 Inviting youth to contribute to public policy that affects them will
  empower youth and contribute to better public policy

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