WHAT WE DO
Young Ontarians United, an initiative of L.I.G.H.T., is currently working on developing sustainable infrastructure to conduct youth consultations across Ontario in order to create annual reports of policy recommendations for the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. This consultation aims to ensure youth consideration is at the forefront of policy making, as youth consultations at the government level only occur every few years (the current Enhanced Youth Action Plan is based on a plan developed in 2012, and the most recent report based on youth input was published in 2016).
Our goal is to collect current opinions of young people, understand their priorities during COVID-19, and present youth policy recommendations to the Province of Ontario. These opinions will be gained from a variety of youth holding opinions on issues like education, healthcare, and obstacles faced by at-risk youth, Indigenous youth, rural and remote youth communities and marginalized young people.
Young people, especially during a time of crisis like COVID-19, need a united front for representation.
Being in its incipient stages, we are presently consulting several organizations across Ontario who are youth-led/work directly with youth, specializing in areas such as youth with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ youth, Indigenous youth, rural youth, immigrant and refugee youth, etc, to ask what topics they believe should be focused on in our consultation, as well as, best practices for consultation (e.g. focus groups, surveys, inclusive language, etc.). It is our genuine aspiration to ensure an equity-based lens in our consultation method, and to hear a diverse range of topics/issues to be included in our survey.
We need to be seen for who we truly are: a generation of young people actively seeking change.
Meeting with groups specializing in youth work across all demographics.
Goal: Gain a nuanced understanding into the diverse issues presently affecting youth. Developing strategy for consultations based on feedback. Determining which issues are most pertinent to evaluate right now through our consultation.
Focus Group Follow Up:
Survey participants may indicate if they are interested in being contacted for a focus group consultation. 1-hour long focus groups will be conducted via online platforms (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams). Focus group participants will receive a small honorarium for their time.
Goal: Speak to youth directly in an open-setting to hear their perspectives and stories.
Survey Data Collection:
After developing the survey, it will be distributed to youth across Ontario through numerous youth groups. It will be administered primarily online, in English and French; however, pdf copies of the survey will be available for hard copy distribution.
Goal: Reach as many youth in Ontario as possible. Ensure accessibility to our survey.
The data collected will be analyzed and summarized into a report. Once completed, it will be share with all consultation participants, published online, and sent to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
Goal: Create an in-depth comprehensive report to present findings and recommend concrete actions.
August -September 2020
Focus on Youth Education, Youth in Care, Employed and NEET youth
Focus on Womxn Youth, First Nations Youth, Métis Youth, Inuit Youth
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Focus on Youth with Disabilities, Immigrant and Refugee Youth
Focus on LGBTQ2S+ Youth, Rural Youth
Focus on Racialized Minority Youth, Youth At-Risk or Facing Homelessness
Data analysis and policy development
Data Analyst and Policy Developer