spotlights

Citizen

Empowerment

Project

In 2018, the Scaling Impact program provided long-term funding to groups that make our communities, institutions and policies more inclusive. Here is a look at The Citizen Empowerment Project and their work as agents of change:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OStBRjU2NM0

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    Grantee Spotlight: Citizen Empowerment Project

    2017 Scaling Impact

    The Project

    The Citizen Empowerment Project (CEP) was established in 2014 by racialized youth who came together to foster dialogue about policing issues impacting Toronto. CEP launched

    #JaneandFinchVotes, a nonpartisan voter mobilization campaign and civic engagement workshop series aimed at racialized and newcomer youth aged 14-30.  With the previous two elections (Provincial and Municipal), and the upcoming Federal election, the fund supports CEP to engage newcomers, low-income and racialized youth and families in voter engagement and youth civic engagement processes in Jane and Finch, Rexdale and Cooksville.

    Since receiving the grant:

    The group has formed three Youth Councils: two in Jane & Finch (both north and south side) and one in Rexdale, with youth between the ages of 12-26. They meet on a bi-weekly basis during the school year, and on a weekly basis during the summer months. These meetings are designed to inform participants on current political issues and educate the council members on various aspects of Canadian politics.

    In partnership with Ryerson University, CEP attended an advocacy tour during the US Midterm Elections in Chicago. The group had an opportunity to send two participants and one program lead to meet various politicians, local organizers, community organizations that are doing similar work on a larger scale.

    CEP’s Rexdale Youth Council, in partnership with Yonge Street Mission and Maytree Foundation, is working on a Poverty Reduction Strategy with the City of Toronto. The Youth Council is preparing a community consultation event with the residents of Rexdale to enable them to voice their concerns in the following areas:

    o    food security

    o    transportation

    o    housing stability

    o    employment and services

    Recently, CEP convened a joint council meeting with both sides (north and south) of the Jane & Finch Youth Councils. This is a huge accomplished considering the relationship/history of these two populations. More importantly, following the meeting, the South Jane and Finch Youth Council (18-26) agreed to mentor and take on a leadership role with the North Jane and Finch Youth Council (12-17). As CEP’s mission is to develop community leaders, this opportunity will help the older participants to exercise and develop their leadership skills, while at the same time educating other community members on civic engagement.

    Currently, CEP is building its relationship with Humber College as a way to bridge the gaps between the Rexdale Community and the institution.

The Yellowhead Institute

In 2018, Knowledge Building grants supported powerful advocates for policy and institutional change to address the root causes of inequities. Here's a look at the Yellowhead Institute working to make our communities more inclusive.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4PRHBGvJ8Q

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    Grantee Spotlight: YELLOWHEAD INSTITUTE

    Yellowhead Institute is a First Nation-led research centre and think tank at Ryerson University. By prioritizing First Nation philosophy and self-determination, Yellowhead focuses on issues related to land and governance, while creating critical and accessible analysis and education.

    A three year partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation will support the Institute in co-creating a multi-generational mentorship program, with a specific focus on the assertion of jurisdiction over lands and water in First Nation territories in Ontario.

    Over the course of the project, Yellowhead will take a stepped approach to engage youth meaningfully through learning and training opportunities, which will be integrated within the Institute's research agenda. Youth input and experiences will actively inform the processes and outputs of the project in three areas: research and policy analysis, capacity building and knowledge sharing. Moreover, this partnership will cultivate opportunities for both the Yellowhead team and the Laidlaw Foundation to learn lessons that can be applied to future project design, program evaluation and partnership development related to First Nation-led initiatives.

Social Planning Toronto

Social Planning Toronto (STP) is a non-profit, charitable community organization that works to improve equity, social justice and quality of life in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

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Making Wraparound Supports Available to Incarcerated Youth in Ontario

The Collective Impact to Reduce Incarceration Group, convened and led by the Toronto-based grassroots initiative Nikki Knows, has taken on an important mission: to reduce the number of young people, aged 18-34, who are incarcerated in Ontario.

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    Grantee Spotlight: collective impact to reduce incarceration group

    Informed by Project LUCID, a Nikki Knows community-based action research project aimed at identifying gaps in programs, services, and supports for people held in and released from adult (18+) provincial custody, the CI Group is currently working on a new pilot called Project OASIS (Ongoing And Supportive Integrated Services). Once launched, Project OASIS will bring the group closer to fulfilling their mission.

    “A lot needs to happen before you are able to reduce the incarceration or reincarceration rates of young people, and some things are, of course, out of our control,” Nikki noted, making a reference to the risk management and risk averse culture prevalent throughout the justice system, as a significant external factor working against such efforts. What the CI Group will try to do is give young people access to supports that meet their needs and assist them with navigating their pre-release and post-release journeys.

    Nikki explained that too many young people who return to their communities after a period of incarceration feel unsupported and unprepared for the challenges and barriers they inevitably face; as she heard time and again through Project LUCID.

    Community re-entry is a challenging and frustrating process, often made more difficult by the limited availability of transitional supports (including assistance navigating services); and the limited capacity of service providers to address the specific needs associated with incarceration and re-entry. The collective believes that adequately addressing needs for, and mitigating gaps in, resources and supports is critical to improving community re-entry outcomes for young people leaving custody and could go a long way in reducing the likelihood of re-arrest, re-incarceration, and/or re-conviction.

    But what makes the pilot especially unique is its integrated wraparound approach. Through Project OASIS, CI group members will provide services to young people in adult provincial custody in a continuous, coordinated, and holistic manner beginning pre-release, while participants are on remand, and continuing post-release. To be part of Project OASIS, member organizations need to be willing to step a bit outside of their own mandates and definitions of ‘youth’ in order to break the conventional referral network mold and, instead, work together as a cohesive team of organizations around participants.

    “We want the pilot to be very participant-centred,” Nikki remarked. This means that the group will provide services according to each participant’s identified needs (e.g. literacy, education, housing, employment, family supports, etc.), while, at the same time, incorporating the physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of their well-being, and engaging any existing support systems they may already have. The group plans to implement centralized intake, assessment, and coordination processes to facilitate central access to participant files, avoid double-booking participants, and help reduce duplication of services.

    This type of wraparound approach so far has not been utilized among service providers working with young people held in or released from adult provincial custody, in or around the Greater Toronto Area, as organizations have a tendency to work in silos. So, while supports are available through some organizations, they tend to be fragmented (e.g. characterized by a lack of coordination between organizations with different mandates, administrative structures, policies/practices, and eligibility criteria); as a result of which, young people often fall through the cracks and/or have needs that go unmet.

    Challenges Ahead

    As with any pilot, a few challenges likely lie ahead. Firstly, the willingness and ability of correctional facilities to work with the group will be key to the success of the pilot. Secondly, funding is currently limited, which means that the sustainability and continuity of the project beyond its first year is not guaranteed. Lastly, the capacity of member groups may prove to be limited as some are already stretched too thin. These challenges, however, will not prevent the group from moving forward.

    In order to test the developed wraparound approach, the CI Group intends to run the pilot in 1-2 adult provincial correctional facilities, before going on to evaluate and determine the feasibility of replicating and/or scaling the project to a larger number of correctional facilities within Ontario.

    The Collective Impact to Reduce Incarceration Group is supported by Youth CI’s Grassroots Youth Leadership in Collective Impact grant.

Helping Hastings County youth to obtain their high school diploma

The Hastings County Youth Collective Impact, one of Youth CI’s largest collaboratives, is aimed at increasing high school graduation rates for youth aged 12-18 and 18-30 in order to reach parity with the provincial average by 2026.

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    Grantee Spotlight: Hastings county

    It all began in 2016, when Debbie Woods from the John Howard Society of Belleville discovered the Youth Collective Impact program and felt the issue of low high school graduation rates in Hastings County, which her organization was already addressing through a program called Quantum, could undoubtedly benefit from a greater community effort. Three years later, the project has united over 10 organizations in Hastings, including the 5 core group members, to develop a much-needed initiative that addresses system barriers faced by young people who are not on track to graduate or have left high school.

    Reflecting on the needs of their community, the collective found that the graduation rate in Hastings County is lower than the provincial rate. Through the work of the collective, it was identified that high school graduation rates for the following three groups were below the Hastings County average: youth in care (CAS), Indigenous youth and youth living in rural areas, specifically North Hastings. The Hastings County Youth CI will implement strategies to increase high school graduation rates for youth in these target groups.

    The collective became aware that as many as 350 youth may be in group home care in Hastings County.  Many of the youth may not be on track to achieve their high school diploma and could be particularly at risk of getting involved with the justice system. “It is all interconnected,” Debbie noted. “If you do not complete your grade 12, you are more at risk of getting involved with the justice system”.

    In January 2019, the collective launched a peer mentorship program as part of their campaign to increase awareness to young people in Hastings about supports available. There are currently three peer mentors in Belleville, who, as Debbie assures, have developed a solid work plan and are already doing a wonderful job of engaging youth to stay or get connected back to school, as well as teaching them about alternative routes to complete their diploma.  In the North, the collective comprised of a backbone team, youth embedded roles, Indigenous roles and a systems navigator is working with community partners to develop a Youth Centre to meet the needs of youth in the North.  The peer mentor in the North assists youth in accessing much-needed community resources.

    What are the specific needs of Hastings County youth?

    According to Debbie, it is important to take into account the special barriers that youth face on a daily basis and to create opportunities for them to voice their opinions. To find out about the specific needs of youth, the collaborative hosted several youth engagement consultations through LEGO Serious Play (LSP) workshops.

    The unique and interactive method of LSP workshops allowed youth to express their ideas and plans by creating models from LEGO bricks. LSP was especially useful in conveying more complex thoughts that could not be otherwise easily communicated.  One key participant group in LSP workshops was CAS youth with lived experience of the justice system. The second participant group was from North Hastings.  The workshops helped to pinpoint specific issue areas and to learn about what prevented youth from achieving their high school graduation diploma. LSP workshops were also used by peer mentors to construct their work plan.

    Through research and data collection, the collective has determined that approximately 55 % of CAS youth are able to obtain their high school diploma, which is significantly below the provincial and local average. As part of the project, the Hastings County Youth CI initiative will perform an environmental scan of the 350 youth currently in group home care in Hastings County to determine the high school completion percentage specific to youth in group home care. Next year, the collective will do the same for the other target groups.

    What’s next for the Hastings County Peer Mentorship Program?

    What makes the project unique is the fact that all of the work is directed by and completed with and for youth in the community.  Youth themselves have designed the project and are leading the collective, focusing on issues and challenges that are meaningful to them and working together to improve outcomes for youth.  Their work is trauma-informed. They recognize the importance of graduation because not earning a high school diploma often puts youth at risk for a number of challenges.

    As for next steps, the Hastings County Youth CI initiative would like to expand its peer-mentorship program and to start removing some of the systemic issues that are contributing to the issue of low high school graduation rates.

    In order to test the developed wraparound approach, the CI Group intends to run the pilot in 1-2 adult provincial correctional facilities, before going on to evaluate and determine the feasibility of replicating and/or scaling the project to a larger number of correctional facilities within Ontario.

    The Collective Impact to Reduce Incarceration Group is supported by Youth CI’s Grassroots Youth Leadership in Collective Impact grant.

Supporting the Well-Being and Mental Health of Mushkegowuk Youth

One of Youth CI’s newest collectives, Mushkegowuk Youth, has brought together individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting the well-being and mental health of Indigenous youth.

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    Grantee Spotlight: Mushkegowuk youth

    Collective partners engaged in the initiative include Dr. David Danto, whose research focuses on Indigenous mental health and land-based interventions, Anne Lovegrove from the Psychology Foundation of Canada, Rick Wabano, Board Member of Moosonee community’s Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, who is part of a task force aimed at bringing together leading psychologists with Indigenous community representatives, and organizations such as Right to Play and the Misiway Milopemahtesewin Community Health Centre.

    “Two-Eyed Seeing”

    According to Mushkegowuk Youth, Western-based conventional mental health services are often inaccessible and unsuitable for Indigenous Peoples for a variety of reasons. The collective will take on a “two-eyed seeing” approach in the pursuit of youth wellbeing, which relies on the strengths of both the Indigenous and the Western perspectives.  The term “two-eyed seeing” coined by Elder Albert Marshall conveys this very idea.

    Mushkegowuk Youth’s approach first requires cultivating a working and learning environment that is equitable and inclusive. “The challenge [is] to not let the Western eye dominate and “colonize” the Indigenous eye,” says Dr. David Danto. “Appropriate mental health interventions can involve Western input but decision-making and vision need to remain within the Indigenous community.”

    The Journey Ahead

    Collective Impact recognizes the value of cross-sectoral partnerships, where participating members can articulate their goals, build trust, effort and accountability at the table. Each group member has different skills and expertise to contribute. “To help facilitate the conversation, we found that it was useful to identify and understand the strength of each group member,” says Anne Lovegrove. “In addition, we felt it was important that we determine the goals collectively.”

    The collective is still at the very early stages of project development but was able to convene several times and fine-tune its mission statement to significantly reduce suicide rates among children aged 0-12 and youth aged 13-19 in the Mushkegowuk territory within the next three years.

    According to Rick, in order to direct the group’s efforts towards the root causes of suicide and bring about genuine healing to individuals and communities, Mushkegowuk Youth will take an indirect route of lowering youth suicide rates through enculturation and empowerment acquired in the pursuit of “two-eyed seeing. “This is necessary to address the harms imposed upon a wounded generation that first emerged from the residential school experience,” he says. “Through the process of inter-generational trauma and the lack of individual healing pursuits, subsequent wounded generations are being produced. This is a generation that lacks neither cultural nor western knowledge, and thus, finds itself in between two worlds with the inability to function in neither.” The collective believes that taking a holistic approach to this vision will ensure overall wellness and allow for progress in young people’s healing journey.

    Mushkegowuk Youth has embarked on a long journey. With the help of Youth CI’s Exploration Grant, the group is looking to develop a more specific plan, invite other stakeholders and expand its partnership base.

    In order to continue the dialogue and further explore integrated efforts and programs that could support Mushkegowuk youth, the collective plans to convene once again in Moosonee, where other key organizations, groups and youth in particular can take part in the conversation.

AMADEUSZ

After 10 years under an administrative partner, Amadeusz is now a not-for-profit organization that has built its own systems and infrastructure, giving Amadeusz the foundation it needs to scale up and scale out.

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    Grantee Spotlight: AMADEUSZ

    Through direct education programming, Amadeusz provides high school completion and post secondary courses for youth aged 18-30 held in remand in 3 detention centres in the Greater Toronto Area.  In 2018, Amadeusz serviced 211 youth in remand, graduated 16 new high school grads and delivered 19 post-secondary courses. Amadeusz also engages in research publishing Responding to Neoliberalism: The Case of The Look at my Life Project in Critical Social Work in 2018.

    In July 2018, in partnership with Humber College, Laidlaw Foundation and the City of Toronto's Toronto Youth Equity Strategy, Amadeusz launched a research project titled Look at my Life: ‘SPARKS’ for Firearm Possession Among Young People in Toronto. Based on the recommendations and actions identified through the research, Amadeusz launched and piloted a new project named Project Prosper.  Project Prosper works with youth throughout incarceration and coordinates existing systems to support their transition to create a positive foundation for themselves in community.

LITERAL CHANGE

Literal Change is dedicated to providing remedial literacy support in vulnerable and marginalized communities across Toronto. It is currently operating in the city’s two major remand facilities, The Toronto East Detention Centre (7 Literacy Teachers, 14 Students) and Toronto South Detention Centre (16 Literacy Teachers, 22 Students). This year, Literal Change is looking to expand its volunteer base in both The Toronto East and Toronto South Detention Centres.

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    Grantee Spotlight: LITERAL CHANGE

    In September 2018, Literal Change launched its Youth Literacy Initiative in the Jane/Finch community which currently has 10 Literacy Teachers and 8 Students. In 2020, the program will be expanded to include Toronto's east-end youth courts, open custody facilities, and additional students in need of remedial literacy support.

    It is estimated that approximately 20% of the mainstream classroom does not learn in the same way as the majority. Literal Change’s volunteer teachers pride themselves on creating positive educational experiences that are individualized and student-centred. The goal is to help each learner reach his/her potential while acquiring the skills and strategies required for navigating a world that is overwhelmingly dominated by print and text.

Aski Kistendamon – Respecting the Land in Attawapiskat

Aski Kistendamon engaged Indigenous youth in cultural activities in order to re-familiarize them with their culture and to encourage youth-driven activities and organization.

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    Grantee Spotlight: Aski Kistendamon – Respecting the Land in Attawapiskat

    As part of the project, a music video was produced showing youth’s land-based activities, including winter ice (net) fishing, spring goose hunt, and food processing on the land. Participants had the opportunity to try out instruments, discuss their experience with the land based activities, express it musically and write lyrics (language of their choice –Cree or English or both). The workshop was filmed and produced into a music video that will be shared with other young people and communities.

    The project also included the creation of a felt art mural. The mural tells Attawapiskat’s stories using the river as the lead continuum. The river flows through three eras the Attawapiskat people have experienced in the last 500 years from pre-contact, through contact, mainly marked by the residential schools, to the present, which also looks into the future, interpreting the meaning of reconciliation.

MUNICIPAL  ELECTIONS

POPUPS 2018

Brantford Youth Council

Brantford Youth Council hosted a post-election event where elected officials met and greeted a variety of youth action groups and Brantford’s youth population.

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    Grantee Spotlight: MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS - POPUPS 2018 - Brantford Youth Council

    This event was a partnership between Brantford Youth Council, Brantford Boys and Girls Club, and Brant County Health Unit. It was open to the youth and was held at Woodman Park Community Centre.

    The one-night event took place on May 1st but was scheduled to be completed in early January. The group faced many difficulties organizing with the City Council as they were met with many excuses/reasons as to why some councillors could not attend. At one point, they even connected with the Foundation as they were concerned they would not meet the deliverables of their project. Staff provided the group with different ways on how to connect with the councillors, and even provided a few extensions on the project completion date.

    With that being said, the group persevered and became more motivated than ever to have their meet and greet, and more importantly, have their voices heard and possibly make their concerns a priority for the councillors in attendance. The group was very happy with the turnout, although some city officials (including the Mayor) cancelled at the last minute. They did have an opportunity to ask questions to some recently appointed councillors on topics related to youth health and wellbeing.

Northern Indigenous Youth Council (NIYC)

National Indigenous Day Celebration

Central Algoma Secondary School’s (CASS) Northern Indigenous Youth Council (NIYC) members were funded as part of the Indigenous Youth and Community Futures Fund 2019 Cohort.

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    Grantee Spotlight: 2019 Indigenous Youth and Community Futures Fund - Northern Indigenous Youth Council (NIYC) / National Indigenous Day CelebratioN

    This fund provided NIYC with resources for honoraria for Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, materials for cultural activities and workshops, and to host their Central Algoma Secondary School National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.

    The group reported that the activities and workshops held prior to the celebration were rich and engaging; it inspired some students to seek new opportunities to learn about First Nation and Metis culture, and helped some youth connect with their own Indigenous identity. Over 50 students participated in the workshops which included cultural and land-based activities such as learning how to make hand drums and ribbon skirts, and creating a medicine garden. The group built intergenerational relationships with Indigenous knowledge keepers and school staff to organize and facilitate their workshops.

    On the day of their National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, participants of the workshops were able to play their drums, wear their skirts and perform the opening ceremony to the school and community that included JK-12 students and staff, as well as some community partners, with a sense of pride and confidence.

    The organizing and facilitating events provided leadership roles for some students and new experiences with land-based and cultural activities for others. Many participants felt a renewed sense of pride and identity as they experience new opportunities to connect with their culture and work together. The relationships they fostered with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders and community members will assist NIYC members in the future to bring Indigenous perspectives, awareness to the community of Central Algoma.

YOUTH LEAPS

LEARN2WORK!

Since 2008, Youth Leaps has worked in Scarborough within needs improvement areas to develop educational tools and models to increase educational attainment for youth.

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    Grantee Spotlight: YOUTH LEAPS LEARN2WORK!

    Its Learn2Work! Initiative is a response to the needs of young people who dropped out of the education system to join the labour market, only to face more barriers and overwhelming competition. The program provides academic support, skills and job development under one umbrella to support youth who are on Ontario Works to attain high school graduation and find employment.

    The program’s top three outcomes for youth have been the following: decreasing the need for Ontario Works, boosting the self-esteem and confidence of students and increasing youth employability.

    Learn2Work! has so far helped 120 youth to gain access to essential social services and to achieve their educational and employment goals. This on-going program caters, among others, to racialized, low-income youth, single parents, young women, youth in conflict with the law, as well as youth who have not completed high school.

news

Irwin Elman to Advise Laidlaw Foundation

The Laidlaw Foundation is proud to announce that former Ontario Child and Youth Advocate, Irwin Elman will serve as Special Advisor to the Foundation.

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    News - Irwin Elman to Advise Laidlaw Foundation

    Mr. Elman has been a dedicated advocate for Ontario’s young people for many years and will provide a wealth of insights designed to enhance the Foundation’s impact, public policy and granting efforts. Earlier this year, the Foundation developed a five-year strategic plan that focuses on youth in the education, justice and child welfare systems.

    The Foundation is fortunate to be able to tap into Irwin’s expertise, deep connections to youth at the forefront of theses systems and his years of award-wining advocacy on behalf of young people systemically disadvantaged by those three systems.

The Need for Centralization of Children’s Aid Societies

By: Chaviva Manson-Singer and Saeed Selvam

 

The stories of 7-year-old Katelynn Sampson and 5-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin are heartbreaking. Both children died while in the care of Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) in Ontario.

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    News - The Need for Centralization of Children’s Aid Societies

    Katelynn Sampson’s body was found in 2008 by paramedics, having died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries at the hands of her guardians. Jeffrey Baldwin died of septic shock, caused by starvation, due to the negligence of his so-called caregivers, weighing only 21 pounds when he died in 2002.

    Poor communication and limited oversight of CASs are partly to blame for the deaths of Katelynn and Jeffrey. In the case of Katelynn, at least a half-dozen calls had been made to various CASs concerning her well-being, but Katelynn’s file was lost between two different CAS agencies; she died before a child protection worker ever made contact with her. For Jeffrey, CAS’s failure to check their own records led to the then toddler being placed with grandparents who had a lengthy criminal history of abusing their own children. In both cases, CASs were not aware of their errors until after the children were found dead.

    The deaths of these young children led to two separate inquests that resulted in the release of hundreds of recommendations to improve child protection services in Ontario. Some of these recommendations were incorporated into the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA), which came into effect on April 30, 2018. But were the changes enough?

    A commitment of the new bill was to improve information-sharing and communication between CASs. The government believes that its existing strategy of implementing the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN), an information tracking and sharing system for CASs, will be enough to mitigate several of the issues identified in the Sampson and Baldwin inquests. Enhancing information-sharing abilities between CASs should only be considered a starting point, however. The fundamental problems within the child welfare system go far beyond poor communication. The issues arising in Katelynn and Jeffrey’s cases are, to a great extent, merely symptoms of a system that is severely decentralized.

    Dissimilar to many other provinces across Canada, Ontario’s child welfare operational model is distinctively fragmented. Each of Ontario’s 49 CASs is run independently, similar to a franchise-model, with no standardized system of program delivery, siloed day-to-day operations, and unmanageable case-load numbers, which exacerbate communication and oversight challenges. If the government truly wants to make significant changes to the child welfare system, it should begin by reassessing the current operational structure of CASs.

    Exploring the feasibility of amalgamating all CASs into one provincial agency was a recommendation of both the Sampson and Baldwin inquests, which the government rejected.

    Without a centralized system with consistently-applied standards of care and coordinated service provision, children like Katelynn and Jeffrey will continue to fall through the cracks of a faltering system. The system as it stands is too fragmented – even when new legislation or policy directives are introduced, each organization has the power to interpret mandates differently, making barriers to oversight intractable.

    We cannot allow the passing of this bill to slow down momentum or advocacy efforts on behalf of the province’s most vulnerable children. The potential consequences of complacency and inaction are far too dire. By continuing to allow CASs to operate independently, the government abdicates its duty to care for the province’s most vulnerable children and youth and remains complicit in reinforcing the existing problems within the system. We need to demand that the government enact meaningful, systemic change. We can start by calling for deeper centralization of children’s aid societies.

Wake Up York Region: Profiling the Voices of York Region Youth Pushed out of the Education System

By: Herleen Arora

 

In today’s society, higher levels of education attainment leads to greater labour force participation, reduced levels of reliance on income support programs, and higher earnings. In addition, there are an increased number of social benefits including positive health outcomes, civic participation, and community engagement.

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action is a call to action inviting others to join in moving forward in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation.

Laidlaw Foundation is a proud signatory of the Declaration.

Foundation House – What’s all the buzz about?

Laidlaw Foundation is proud to be a founding member of Foundation House, a groundbreaking spatial experiment that brings together like-minded organizations in one creative and collaborative space.

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    News - Foundation House – What’s all the buzz about?

    Laidlaw will join the Counselling Foundation of Canada and the Lawson Foundation in the new space as of February 19, 2016. In addition to these anchor partners, Foundation House includes Ontario Nonprofit Network, ONN, a highly regarded thought leader in supporting the charitable and not for profit sector and Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network(CEGN). We are also delighted to welcome Community Foundations Canada, Philanthropic Foundation Canada and The Circle on Aboriginal Philanthropy who will have offices in Foundation House.

    Foundation house is not about space sharing, its an idea market place that provides space for random encounters and deliberate collaboration.

    Below are links to three articles on Foundation House that provides a comprehensive overview of the development of Foundation House.

    http://www.collierscanada.com/en/services/not-for-profit%20advisory%20group/news/volume-4-december-2015/foundation-house#.VqY2vPkrKUn

    http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/civicimpact/laidlawfoundationmovesfoundationhouse01202016.aspx

    https://thelawsonfoundation.wordpress.com/author/lawsonfdn/

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