Moving Forward: Challenges Faced By Child- and Youth-Serving Agencies in Canada

Twenty-two key informant interviews1 were conducted during the “Taking Stock” project, with a view to gaining a wide and diverse perspective about what was happening in the child- and youth-serving sector in Canada. As with the survey, this phase of the project did not attempt to gather a random or statistically representative sample of the sector,…

United Way And Success By 6: Growing Up With Collective Impact

Summary: Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the collaborative approach to early childhood development in British Columbia implemented by United Way through its Success By 6 program is an intriguing model, which bears remarkable similarity to the Collective Impact framework. Supported by the provincial government and the credit union movement and coordinated by a modest provincial office, the…

Book Review

Giving With Confidence: A Guide To Savvy Philanthropy By Colburn Wilbur and Fred Setterberg Berkeley, California: Heyday; 2012 isbn: 978-1-5971-4204-5 If you want to give away your money, there is now more advice than ever available, with authors clamouring over each other to provide the most informative or inspirational counsel. If you want big name…

New Media And New Voices

Community engagement and development offer youth the opportunity to communicate their desires and have their voices heard. But young Canadians do not participate in community life, for example, political elections, political campaigns, or interest groups, in the same capacity as older Canadians. They are less interested in and have less knowledge of politics (O’Neill, 2007),…

Climbing The Ladder: The Role Of Youth In Setting Sectoral Strategy

Show Roger Hart’s Ladder of Young People’s Participation (1997) to a room full of engaged young people and you will likely be greeted with vigorous head nods. “How many of you have experienced the bottom three rungs of the ladder—manipulation, decoration, or tokenism?” I tentatively asked a youth audience several years ago during a civic…

Turning Shame Into Pride: Reshaping Stigma By Raising Voices

Introduction This article discusses the stigma faced by young people growing up in state care. It presents an exploration of the concept of stigma and considers the potential economic, social, and political consequences of growing up with a public stigma. It then describes techniques that support the engagement of young care-leavers by providing a platform…