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Here you will find information on programs and organizations that support the mental health and well-being of children and youth in challenging contexts. The information is provided by members of Wisdom2Action and people throughout our diverse, multi-sectoral community of practice.

Akwego


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230 McArthur Avenue Ottawa

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Provides 1-on-1 and group support to children aged 7-13. Part of The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre.

Empower Ireland/Gateway Organisation


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Maurice Fenton

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Empower Ireland, Dun Esker, Ennistown Road Kilmessan Meath Ireland

Engagement jeunesse


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Geneviève Coulombe

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1004, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest

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Engagement jeunesse est un projet financé dans le cadre de la Stratégie d’action jeunesse du gouvernement du Québec. Ce projet a été déployé dans tout le Québec en tenant compte des diverses réalités régionales. Il s’appuie sur un comité interministériel national, un comité de coordination national et un comité directeur dans chacune des régions. Le gouvernement du Québec souhaite que les services destinés aux jeunes soient conçus, adaptés et offerts de manière à mieux répondre aux besoins de chacun d’eux. Cet engagement envers la jeunesse s’est traduit par une entente interministérielle impliquant les quatre principaux ministères offrant des services aux jeunes soit le ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), le ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS), le ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) auxquels s’ajoute le ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMROT). Ces ministères se sont engagés formellement dans le cadre du projet Engagement jeunesse à tout mettre en œuvre en vue d’améliorer la continuité, la complémentarité et la cohérence des services offerts aux jeunes de 16 à 24 ans.

Foróige, National Youth Development Organisation


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Susan Redmond

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Block 12D, Joyce Way, Park West

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Foróige is a National Youth Development Organisation in Ireland. Foróige began in 1952 and today serves 60,000 young people aged 10-18 years annually in a range of youth work services from local youth clubs to more specific youth projects. Foróige also works with young people experiencing adversity whether through poverty, social exclusion, early school-leaving, substance use, youth crime, minority groups, poor school attainment etc., Foróige’s purpose is ‘to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society’.

HIGH FIVE®


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Jana Ray

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1 Concord Gate, Suite 302 Toronto C

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We provide training for parks and recreation front line leaders, supervisors and managers to ensure that their programming is based on the principles of healthy child development. We also provide such training to address current topics such as bullying, after school programming, mental health awareness, and physical literacy.

Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University


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Yoke Rabaia

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Birzeit P.O Box 14 Palestine

Home Phone

+972-2-2982020/19

Biography

Birzeit University is the oldest academic institution in Palestine. The Institute of Community and Public Health offers a Master’s course in Public Health and conducts research in relation to public health, including psychosocial health with a focus on young people. Research publications can be found on: http://icph.birzeit.edu/publications-resources/

Integrated psychosocial Services, Rehabilitation & Reintegration for Vulnerable Children and Young Persons In Niger Delta Region of Nigeria


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Israel Ekanem

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49 Ibong Road Ikot Ekpene Nigeria

Biography

A Grassroots Empowerment Network program.

Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange; Baghdad Resolve


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Claudia Lefko

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40 Valley St Northampton

Biography

Baghdad Resolve is an International Collaboration to Improve Cancer Care in Iraq. A volunteer team of doctors and nurses, educators and psychologists from the US and Italy is working with two Iraqi oncologists and with support from Iraq’s Ministry of Health to develop and implement a holistic model for quality care on the pediatric cancer/leukemia unit at Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital (CWTH) in Medical City Baghdad. We hope it will serve as a model for cancer care throughout Iraq and in other war-affected areas in the Middle East. In addition to doctors and nurses, the project will engage a range of experts and artists working across disciplines to help meet the enormous challenges of delivering medical care in post-war Iraq, a country and people suffering in the aftermath of 20+ years of war, sanctions and more war; a devastated country whose population is depleted and still struggling with high levels of violence, political, social and economic instability. How do doctors and nurses continue to function; how can parents and family members manage when a child is diagnosed with cancer or leukemia? How do children, born into a chaotic country, often lacking the basics for healthy development fare? On some level, the internationals are not sure how these caregivers can continue given the circumstances. Recognizing the needs beyond the patient –whose needs re realize are enormous– we believe an effective medical program must recognizes and address the psychological and social needs of this entire community of people who inhabit the hospital ward. Baghdad Resolve is not a research project at this point, only perhaps because we don’t have a researcher working with us. We hope to create a model project, and that implies documentation, assessment and dissemination of information, even publication. We have many questions; there are many unknowns. We are inspired by the emerging fields of Arts in Healthcare and Medical Humanism; the project sits at an intersection of medicine, resilience, psychosocial intervention and art. It is a transcultural medical collaboration framed in resilience theory developing from RRC. We take a positive view of the human condition, of our capacity–as individuals and communities of people– to endure, to carry on, to thrive and triumph in the face of adversity. We want to both benefit and contribute to the international conversation/data on resilience in challenging circumstances.

Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorder Prevention Program


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101-255 West 1st Street

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The Jessie’s Legacy program at Family Services of the North Shore is the Provincial leader for the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign (PEDAW) launched annually in February, with various initiatives taking place year round. Our vision is to end all eating disorders in the Province of B.C. Our mission is to provide an eating disorder prevention approach and resiliency based system of services, workshops, education, and support to people of all ages in the Province of B.C. The primary purpose of the PEDAW is to provide leadership to a wide collective effort of volunteers, eating disorder professionals, nutritionists, health care providers, counselors, educators, social workers and individuals committed to raising awareness around the prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders. This includes awareness of risk and protective factors such as resiliency, self-esteem, media literacy, and body image, all of which can be associated with disordered eating.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University


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Stephen Dooley

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8771 Lansdowne Rd

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University, an undergraduate university with campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale. KPU offers an array of programs across 7 faculties. In terms of research we emphasize applied community based research (www.kPU.ca)

Life:Space – Atlantic Youth


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Andrew Middleton

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3045 Robie street, Suite 111 Halifax

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Life: Social Skills, Problem Solving, Accountability and Character Education. LifeSPACE is the do-it-all social development program you’ve been looking for that will energize, challenge and change the way your kids will view themselves and their actions. Activities and games are used constantly to engage students and make learning fun; and natural student behaviour and responses form teachable moments which are central to the program.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute


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Carl J. Dunst

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128 South Sterling St. Morganton

Power to Girls Foundation


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Aisha Addo

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Our Vision is to empower and encourage girls to to create an environment that fosters growth and leadership Power To Girls Foundation achieves this by providing long term leadership and mentorship programs that build life long relationships and long term life skills.

Renewable Manhood


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100 Bain Avenue Suite 11 Elm

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Renewable Manhood is a collective of people committed to causing boys and men to redesign their masculinity, as often as necessary, creating a safer society. We have just begun our work and are undertaking our first educational adventure retreat for men who want to learn about mentoring and fathering in the presence of fatherless sons ages 14- 17.

Research – Attacks on Schools in Afghanistan


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Jennifer Rowell

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CARE Afghanistan Shar-e-Naw, Kabul Afghanistan

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An in-depth research program looking at attacks and schools and school vulnerability to attack in Afghanistan. In addition to direct attacks, we consider collateral damage sustained by schools during the war, attacks on polling centres stationed in schools, and poison & gas attacks. Reports will be published in early 2014.

Schoolhouse Consulting Inc.


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Paul Bennett

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1005 Beaufort Avenue Halifax

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Schoolhouse Consulting Inc, founded in September 2009, is an independent educational consulting practice based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From our Atlantic Canadian base, we conduct research and policy analysis in all of Canada’s provinces and territories. You can count upon us for independent thinking and sound ideas for better schools. All of our activities are aimed at engaging the public in education. We support public education and seek core and project funding from both public and private sector sources. We work with the national and local media, education leaders, school boards, government departments, policy think-tanks, and interest groups representing key partners in education The Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting is Paul W. Bennett, Hons. B.A.(York), B.Ed.(Toronto), M.A.(York), Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto). Dr. Bennett is an education policy analyst and a regular news commentator covering Canadian education for The Chronicle Herald, OpenFile Halifax, CBC Radio Nova Scotia, News 95.7, and Our Kids Magazine. Over the past two years, his articles have appeared in both the popular and academic press, including Progress Magazine, the RNS Historical Society Journal, and Historical Studies in Education. As Director of Schoolhouse Consulting, Paul has conducted policy research and produced reports for the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS), the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Society for Quality Education, and Thinkwell Research (for the Nova Scotia Department of Education). His first AIMS Commentary, “School’s Out, Again: Why Throw-Away School Days Hurt Students”(April 2010), sparked public debate over the high incidence of snow days in Nova Scotia and neighboring Maritime provinces. Two of his most recent books are The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), and Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010 (2011). Dr. Bennett is also a widely recognized leader in Canadian education. From 1997 until 2009, Paul served as Headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Halifax Grammar School and Lower Canada College. For over thirty years, Paul taught History and Social Sciences in six different secondary schools, public as well as private, in three provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. He is the author of three nationally recognized Canadian History textbooks, including Canada: A North American Nation (1988 and 1995), and has twice been a top ten finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Canadian History. He has also played an active role in promoting educational reform. While serving as a Public School Trustee with the York Region Board of Education (1988-1997), Paul founded the Ontario School Board Reform Network (1990) and was a Co-founder of the Coalition for Education Reform, an umbrella group promoting higher standards and greater accountability in Ontario public education. In March 2011, he co-chaired the founding meeting of Students First Nova Scotia, a province-wide group committed to “putting students first” in P -12 public education. Since May of 2012, he has been co-founder of, and consultant to, the Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative. Currently, Paul also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University and President of the Canadian International Council, Halifax Branch. Our Consulting Team On each Schoolhouse project, Paul will play a central role, drawing upon the expertise of his extensive network of contacts and associates at all levels of Canadian education.

Teach Body Image


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Lorayne Robertson

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11 Simcoe St. North Oshawa Ontario Canada

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teachbodyimage.org is a website for children, adolescents, parents and teachers for ideas on building self-esteem and resisting body-based pressures to be or look a certain way.

The Aninga Project


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Jenny Benson

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960 Barrington Street, Suite 305 Halifax

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The Aninga Project is a non-profit educational initiative that supports and encourages the education of girls in Africa by paying for school fees and other related expenses. It is a person-to-person based project that is currently focused on sending girls to school in Uganda.

The Child-to-Child Trust


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Tricia Young

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Since 1979 Child-to-Child has existed as an international network promoting children’s participation in health and development. The Child-to-Child Trust was formally established in 1987 and is based at the University of London’s Institute of Education. Over the past 30 years Child-to-Child is known to have spread to over 70 countries worldwide and has impacted over a million children annually. In order to achieve our mission we promote child-centred, active learning approaches that engage children on health and development issues. Children then disseminate their learning to other children, their families and their wider communities through participatory research activities. To advocate for these approaches the Trust produces publications and teaching aids and provides training courses and consultancies. We work through both local partners in-country as well as through large international organisations such as Unicef and UNESCO.

TYPS Almonte’s Youth Centre


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Faron Gogo

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65 Mill Street

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Taking Young People Seriously (TYPS) Almonte’s Youth Centre is affiliated with Youth Centres Canada and aims at “Providing the youth of Mississippi Mills with inclusive social and developmental programs and opportunities in a supportive environment”. Taking Young People Seriously [TYPS] Almonte’s Youth Centre provides the youth of Almonte, and surrounding areas, between the ages of 12-18 with inclusive social and developmental programs and opportunities in a supportive environment. Open Monday through Friday, TYPS provides an open youth drop-in, cooking programs, youth dances, field trips and ongoing skill development. These skills can include gardening, sewing, painting and more. TYPS strives to engage youth within the community of Mississippi Mills in a fun and youth friendly way.

Karen McCrae


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Vancouver BC Canada

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Karen McCrae is the Program Coordinator, Implementation and Partnerships at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use. Previously, she worked as the Manager of Communications and Development at the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT Alberta) for four years. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Justin Nolan


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213 Equestrian Dr Ottawa Canada

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I am a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with a lot of experience working with youth with intellectual disabilities, and have taught behavioural courses for a number of years. I have a great interest in assisting youth with mental health struggles and hope to turn such passion into a more focused aspect of my vocational work. I am considering returning to school with a focus in adolescent mental health and hope that learning from the CYCC will further support such a decision.

Jana Ray


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1 Concorde Gate, Suite 302 Toronto

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HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s sport and recreation, built on five Principles of healthy child development that research indicates are essential for quality programs. A Caring Adult Friends Play Mastery Participation HIGH FIVE consists of Training and Development, Program Assessments, Policies/Procedures, and Awareness.

Karanvir Singh Thiara


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8388 128TH st Surrey BC Canada

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Karanvir Singh Thiara completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While completing his studies, he worked as a Commissioner for the Independent Electoral Commission at SFU, an officer for the Canada Border Services Agency, and as a Director for the Simon Fraser Student Society. Active in his community, Mr. Thiara is a Senator with Simon Fraser University, a Rotarian with the Surrey Newton Rotary, and a Member of the City of Surrey Social Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Thiara is also the founder of Sahara – Youth Mental Health Initiative, an organization that aims to remove the stigma attached to mental health and help youth access different services they need.

Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University


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Yoke Rabaia

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Birzeit P.O Box 14 Palestine

Home Phone

+972-2-2982020/19

Biography

Birzeit University is the oldest academic institution in Palestine. The Institute of Community and Public Health offers a Master’s course in Public Health and conducts research in relation to public health, including psychosocial health with a focus on young people. Research publications can be found on: http://icph.birzeit.edu/publications-resources/

Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange; Baghdad Resolve


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Claudia Lefko

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40 Valley St Northampton

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Baghdad Resolve is an International Collaboration to Improve Cancer Care in Iraq. A volunteer team of doctors and nurses, educators and psychologists from the US and Italy is working with two Iraqi oncologists and with support from Iraq’s Ministry of Health to develop and implement a holistic model for quality care on the pediatric cancer/leukemia unit at Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital (CWTH) in Medical City Baghdad. We hope it will serve as a model for cancer care throughout Iraq and in other war-affected areas in the Middle East. In addition to doctors and nurses, the project will engage a range of experts and artists working across disciplines to help meet the enormous challenges of delivering medical care in post-war Iraq, a country and people suffering in the aftermath of 20+ years of war, sanctions and more war; a devastated country whose population is depleted and still struggling with high levels of violence, political, social and economic instability. How do doctors and nurses continue to function; how can parents and family members manage when a child is diagnosed with cancer or leukemia? How do children, born into a chaotic country, often lacking the basics for healthy development fare? On some level, the internationals are not sure how these caregivers can continue given the circumstances. Recognizing the needs beyond the patient –whose needs re realize are enormous– we believe an effective medical program must recognizes and address the psychological and social needs of this entire community of people who inhabit the hospital ward. Baghdad Resolve is not a research project at this point, only perhaps because we don’t have a researcher working with us. We hope to create a model project, and that implies documentation, assessment and dissemination of information, even publication. We have many questions; there are many unknowns. We are inspired by the emerging fields of Arts in Healthcare and Medical Humanism; the project sits at an intersection of medicine, resilience, psychosocial intervention and art. It is a transcultural medical collaboration framed in resilience theory developing from RRC. We take a positive view of the human condition, of our capacity–as individuals and communities of people– to endure, to carry on, to thrive and triumph in the face of adversity. We want to both benefit and contribute to the international conversation/data on resilience in challenging circumstances.

Power to Girls Foundation


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Aisha Addo

Biography

Our Vision is to empower and encourage girls to to create an environment that fosters growth and leadership Power To Girls Foundation achieves this by providing long term leadership and mentorship programs that build life long relationships and long term life skills.

Research – Attacks on Schools in Afghanistan


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Jennifer Rowell

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CARE Afghanistan Shar-e-Naw, Kabul Afghanistan

Biography

An in-depth research program looking at attacks and schools and school vulnerability to attack in Afghanistan. In addition to direct attacks, we consider collateral damage sustained by schools during the war, attacks on polling centres stationed in schools, and poison & gas attacks. Reports will be published in early 2014.

The Aninga Project


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Jenny Benson

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960 Barrington Street, Suite 305 Halifax

Biography

The Aninga Project is a non-profit educational initiative that supports and encourages the education of girls in Africa by paying for school fees and other related expenses. It is a person-to-person based project that is currently focused on sending girls to school in Uganda.

The Child-to-Child Trust


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Tricia Young

Biography

Since 1979 Child-to-Child has existed as an international network promoting children’s participation in health and development. The Child-to-Child Trust was formally established in 1987 and is based at the University of London’s Institute of Education. Over the past 30 years Child-to-Child is known to have spread to over 70 countries worldwide and has impacted over a million children annually. In order to achieve our mission we promote child-centred, active learning approaches that engage children on health and development issues. Children then disseminate their learning to other children, their families and their wider communities through participatory research activities. To advocate for these approaches the Trust produces publications and teaching aids and provides training courses and consultancies. We work through both local partners in-country as well as through large international organisations such as Unicef and UNESCO.

Young Lives


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Jo Boyden

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3 Mansfield Road

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Young Lives is a unique longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the changing lives of 12,000 children in 4 countries – Ethiopia, India (in Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam – over 15 years. We are collecting a wealth of information about the children’s materials and social circumstances as well as their views on their everyday lives, their hopes and aspirations, set against the environmental and social realities of their communities. We do this through a detailed and large-scale survey of all the children and their primary caregivers every 3 years, interspersed with more in-depth interviews and group activities with a sub-sample of the children, their parents, teachers and community representatives, supplemented by a survey of the children’s schools and selected information about their younger siblings. A major aim of Young Lives is to contribute evidence to policy debates and programme planning through nuanced analysis of the factors and policies that can make a difference in poor children’s lives. We do this through on-going engagement – at national and international level – with government ministries and agencies, civil society organisations, policy think tanks, other researchers and the media. We use comments and questions from key stakeholders to help with the design of our research questions and tools, and also to guide our analysis. We share our methods with other researchers and all of our survey data is publicly archived for others to use. Young Lives is a consortium of government and independent research organisations in the 4 study countries, coordinated by a team based at the University of Oxford led by Professor Jo Boyden. This partnership structure enables us to work with local organisations and individuals who bring their own authority and expertise to our work and are involved in research and policy influencing at national level. http://www.younglives.org.uk

Foróige, National Youth Development Organisation


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Susan Redmond

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Block 12D, Joyce Way, Park West

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Foróige is a National Youth Development Organisation in Ireland. Foróige began in 1952 and today serves 60,000 young people aged 10-18 years annually in a range of youth work services from local youth clubs to more specific youth projects. Foróige also works with young people experiencing adversity whether through poverty, social exclusion, early school-leaving, substance use, youth crime, minority groups, poor school attainment etc., Foróige’s purpose is ‘to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society’.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University


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Stephen Dooley

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8771 Lansdowne Rd

Biography

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, an undergraduate university with campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale. KPU offers an array of programs across 7 faculties. In terms of research we emphasize applied community based research (www.kPU.ca)

Legal Aid


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Megan Longley

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401-5475 Spring Garden Road Halifax

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The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Youth Justice provides representation for youth charged with criminal offenses. We also help youth (aged 12 to 18) who need advice or assistance with any legal issue including school or school board issues, housing, income assistance and Department of Community Services difficulties. We’re here to help. We provide full service or summary advice representation for any youth who encounters a criminal justice or social justice issue. This service is free of charge so any youth in Nova Scotia can contact any NSLA office for help. In HRM we have a specialized youth justice office with staff who are dedicated to serving youth, many of home have challenging contexts. We are able to help with creative solutions to problems.

YOUCAN


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Dave Farthing

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223 Maint st c/o St Paul University Ottawa

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The YOUCAN Mentoring Program was launched in September of 2011 to provide a school-based mentorship and skills building program for kids aged 9 to 12 years old. The program aims to reach kids who could most benefit from a positive and consistent role model, and from building skills in communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. The program is operating in Cape Breton (NS), Gatineau (QC), Ottawa (ON), Toronto (ON), Edmonton (AB), and Surrey (BC).

Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University


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Yoke Rabaia

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Yoke Rabaia

Home Phone

+972-2-2982020/19

Biography

Birzeit University is the oldest academic institution in Palestine. The Institute of Community and Public Health offers a Master’s course in Public Health and conducts research in relation to public health, including psychosocial health with a focus on young people. Research publications can be found on: http://icph.birzeit.edu/publications-resources/

Integrated psychosocial Services, Rehabilitation & Reintegration for Vulnerable Children and Young Persons In Niger Delta Region of Nigeria


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Israel Ekanem

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49 Ibong Road Ikot Ekpene Nigeria

Biography

A Grassroots Empowerment Network program.

Research – Attacks on Schools in Afghanistan


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Jennifer Rowell

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CARE Afghanistan Shar-e-Naw, Kabul Afghanistan

Biography

An in-depth research program looking at attacks and schools and school vulnerability to attack in Afghanistan. In addition to direct attacks, we consider collateral damage sustained by schools during the war, attacks on polling centres stationed in schools, and poison & gas attacks. Reports will be published in early 2014.

TYPS Almonte’s Youth Centre


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Faron Gogo

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65 Mill Street

Biography

Taking Young People Seriously (TYPS) Almonte’s Youth Centre is affiliated with Youth Centres Canada and aims at “Providing the youth of Mississippi Mills with inclusive social and developmental programs and opportunities in a supportive environment”. Taking Young People Seriously [TYPS] Almonte’s Youth Centre provides the youth of Almonte, and surrounding areas, between the ages of 12-18 with inclusive social and developmental programs and opportunities in a supportive environment. Open Monday through Friday, TYPS provides an open youth drop-in, cooking programs, youth dances, field trips and ongoing skill development. These skills can include gardening, sewing, painting and more. TYPS strives to engage youth within the community of Mississippi Mills in a fun and youth friendly way.

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Violence on Learning


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35 Parkway Avenue Toronto Canada

Biography

Violence shapes us. It can make us stronger as learners, teachers, and simply as people in the world. It can also make it hard to trust ourselves and others, and difficult to learn. Its impact on learning is not well recognized, but the resources and allies found here can help all of us – whatever our role or experience – to address this issue creatively. On this site you will find: • practical ideas to make it easier to learn or teach when violence or hard times mark our lives and/or the lives of those we work with; • people and organizations exploring violence and learning through research or practice. Most information included is Canadian, and much is from the adult literacy field and upgrading fields. Gradually resources from more countries and more settings will be included here. Help us to include your local wisdom and experience. In the meantime take the Canadian information as an example of what might already be happening – or you might initiate – in your area. This site is for all of us — whatever our age, language group, culture, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, educational or economic status, work role, or personal history. Throughout this site we acknowledge and embrace our differences and our commonality and include a range of resources to meet all of our needs. We want us all to feel included and valued here and find resources that reveal our realities and support us.

Waypoints Inc.


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11 Red Oake Place

Young in Prison South Africa


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Clinton Osbourn

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Salt River South Africa

Biography

I am the post release co-ordinator at Young in Prison, South Africa. We work in a number of prisons in South Africa as well as with young people leaving these institutions. We provide them with life skills, personal development, social awareness, job preparation and skills development, using arts and creativity.

Active Circle


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Christine Head

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11 Rosemount Ave., Suite 408 Ottawa

Biography

The Active Circle is an initiative of Motivate Canada, in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle, which supports Aboriginal youth and communities to become vibrant, active and healthy through sport and recreation. The Active Circle website was created to enable you to: learn about community development through sports and recreation; connect with communities with similar interests; find funding and other resources to get your projects going; and share your experiences and inspire others to engage Aboriginal youth in physical activity.

Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations


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Ilse Derluyn

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H. Dunantlaan 2 Ghen

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The Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations is a research centre, based on the cooperation between three Belgian universities: the Department of Clinical and Life Span Psychology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Department of Orthopedagogics of Ghent University and the research group ‘Education, Culture and Society’ of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). The Centre’s overall goal is to promote the psychosocial well-b eing of children and adolescents living in vulnerable situations in Southern countries. This is mainly effected through the execution of practice-oriented research. Therefore, questions out of the field are taken as a starting point to set up and realize scientific research, and the conducted studies are “translated” back into concrete recommendations for both practices and policies. Next to research, the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations also builds out some pilot projects, aiming at supporting children and adolescents living in vulnerable situations themselves and also the persons who are supporting them.

Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University


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David Black

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6299 South Street Halifax

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We initially became a partner and then the institutional home for the Child Soldiers Initiative. Their work has focused on training for advocacy, with an increasing emphasis on research. It is unique in bringing together security focus, humanitarian grants and conflict affected children.

Centre for Research on Children and Families


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3506 University Street Montréal

Biography

Using participatory approaches to engage war-affected youth in the process of post-conflict reintegration.

Centre for Research on Family Health


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Pat McGrath

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5850 – 5980 University Avenue Halifax

Biography

Strongest Families Institute and the Centre for Research on Family Health, led by Dr. Pat McGrath, are devoted to increasing access to mental health programs.

Child Soldiers Initiative


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Shelly Whitman

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6299 South Street Halifax

Biography

Child Soldiers Initiative is an innovative project to generate the global political will to end the use and recruitment of child soldiers.

HIGH FIVE®


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Jana Ray

Home

1 Concord Gate, Suite 302 Toronto C

Biography

We provide training for parks and recreation front line leaders, supervisors and managers to ensure that their programming is based on the principles of healthy child development. We also provide such training to address current topics such as bullying, after school programming, mental health awareness, and physical literacy.

Integrated psychosocial Services, Rehabilitation & Reintegration for Vulnerable Children and Young Persons In Niger Delta Region of Nigeria


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Israel Ekanem

Home

49 Ibong Road Ikot Ekpene Nigeria

Biography

A Grassroots Empowerment Network program.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University


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Stephen Dooley

Home

8771 Lansdowne Rd

Biography

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, an undergraduate university with campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale. KPU offers an array of programs across 7 faculties. In terms of research we emphasize applied community based research (www.kPU.ca)

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute


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Carl J. Dunst

Home

128 South Sterling St. Morganton

Research – Attacks on Schools in Afghanistan


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Jennifer Rowell

Home

CARE Afghanistan Shar-e-Naw, Kabul Afghanistan

Biography

An in-depth research program looking at attacks and schools and school vulnerability to attack in Afghanistan. In addition to direct attacks, we consider collateral damage sustained by schools during the war, attacks on polling centres stationed in schools, and poison & gas attacks. Reports will be published in early 2014.

Schoolhouse Consulting Inc.


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Paul Bennett

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1005 Beaufort Avenue Halifax

Biography

Schoolhouse Consulting Inc, founded in September 2009, is an independent educational consulting practice based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From our Atlantic Canadian base, we conduct research and policy analysis in all of Canada’s provinces and territories. You can count upon us for independent thinking and sound ideas for better schools. All of our activities are aimed at engaging the public in education. We support public education and seek core and project funding from both public and private sector sources. We work with the national and local media, education leaders, school boards, government departments, policy think-tanks, and interest groups representing key partners in education The Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting is Paul W. Bennett, Hons. B.A.(York), B.Ed.(Toronto), M.A.(York), Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto). Dr. Bennett is an education policy analyst and a regular news commentator covering Canadian education for The Chronicle Herald, OpenFile Halifax, CBC Radio Nova Scotia, News 95.7, and Our Kids Magazine. Over the past two years, his articles have appeared in both the popular and academic press, including Progress Magazine, the RNS Historical Society Journal, and Historical Studies in Education. As Director of Schoolhouse Consulting, Paul has conducted policy research and produced reports for the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS), the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Society for Quality Education, and Thinkwell Research (for the Nova Scotia Department of Education). His first AIMS Commentary, “School’s Out, Again: Why Throw-Away School Days Hurt Students”(April 2010), sparked public debate over the high incidence of snow days in Nova Scotia and neighboring Maritime provinces. Two of his most recent books are The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), and Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010 (2011). Dr. Bennett is also a widely recognized leader in Canadian education. From 1997 until 2009, Paul served as Headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Halifax Grammar School and Lower Canada College. For over thirty years, Paul taught History and Social Sciences in six different secondary schools, public as well as private, in three provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. He is the author of three nationally recognized Canadian History textbooks, including Canada: A North American Nation (1988 and 1995), and has twice been a top ten finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Canadian History. He has also played an active role in promoting educational reform. While serving as a Public School Trustee with the York Region Board of Education (1988-1997), Paul founded the Ontario School Board Reform Network (1990) and was a Co-founder of the Coalition for Education Reform, an umbrella group promoting higher standards and greater accountability in Ontario public education. In March 2011, he co-chaired the founding meeting of Students First Nova Scotia, a province-wide group committed to “putting students first” in P -12 public education. Since May of 2012, he has been co-founder of, and consultant to, the Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative. Currently, Paul also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University and President of the Canadian International Council, Halifax Branch. Our Consulting Team On each Schoolhouse project, Paul will play a central role, drawing upon the expertise of his extensive network of contacts and associates at all levels of Canadian education.

SOS Children’s Villages


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Sivia Exenberger

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Unit 240 - 44 By Ward Market Square Ottawa

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Child Development Programme supports children and young people through direct services (a) care through SOS families, youth programmes, short term care, or other family based care options, such as foster care. When a young person grows out of care, relevant after care services are made available, (b) education access to adequate day care, kindergarten, primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education; granting scholarships, transport to school, etc. The Programme also provides access to non-formal education through learning support, child group activities, play and providing access to stimulating informal education environments for the child’s development, e.g. tutoring, after school supervision and homework, (c) health access to doctors, medical centres and clinics and access to counselling and therapeutic treatment is provided.

TeenMentalHealth.org, IWK Health Centre


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Stan Kutcher

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The Chair’s vision is to help improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge. Our model is to use the best scientific evidence available to develop application-ready training programs, publications, tools and resources that can be applied across disciplines to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders. Dr. Stan Kutcher (Chair holder) and his team are working to create, develop and deliver nationally and internationally recognized research, education and clinical programs by collaborating with health care providers, policymakers, schools, the business community, non-profit organizations and the general public. Our approach to knowledge translation involves three components that work in tandem. The knowledge creation work has been developed in a variety of formats and has been contextualized for educators, health providers, parents and youth. The knowledge translation work marries best available scientific evidence with end-user needs. The materials we have created are provided in a variety of mediums that include animations, face-to-face training programs, web-based training programs, easy to understand guides and books designed specifically for youth, parents, educators and health providers. Our knowledge dissemination work takes a variety of forms from media interviews, to junior high parent chats, partnership with NGO’s, institutions, government and work with partners in mental health and the arts. In addition numerous global partners have been secured to further the dissemination of these important materials.

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Violence on Learning


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35 Parkway Avenue Toronto Canada

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Violence shapes us. It can make us stronger as learners, teachers, and simply as people in the world. It can also make it hard to trust ourselves and others, and difficult to learn. Its impact on learning is not well recognized, but the resources and allies found here can help all of us – whatever our role or experience – to address this issue creatively. On this site you will find: • practical ideas to make it easier to learn or teach when violence or hard times mark our lives and/or the lives of those we work with; • people and organizations exploring violence and learning through research or practice. Most information included is Canadian, and much is from the adult literacy field and upgrading fields. Gradually resources from more countries and more settings will be included here. Help us to include your local wisdom and experience. In the meantime take the Canadian information as an example of what might already be happening – or you might initiate – in your area. This site is for all of us — whatever our age, language group, culture, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, educational or economic status, work role, or personal history. Throughout this site we acknowledge and embrace our differences and our commonality and include a range of resources to meet all of our needs. We want us all to feel included and valued here and find resources that reveal our realities and support us.

Active Circle


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Christine Head

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11 Rosemount Ave., Suite 408 Ottawa

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The Active Circle is an initiative of Motivate Canada, in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle, which supports Aboriginal youth and communities to become vibrant, active and healthy through sport and recreation. The Active Circle website was created to enable you to: learn about community development through sports and recreation; connect with communities with similar interests; find funding and other resources to get your projects going; and share your experiences and inspire others to engage Aboriginal youth in physical activity.

Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST) of the Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia (CMHA NS) Division


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Michael Price and Katelyn Bessette

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63 King Street Dartmouth Canada

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The CAST program is a partnership between the NS Department of Health & Wellness and CMHA NS. Utilizing a population health approach to address suicide in NS communities, CAST supports community coalitions, provides suicide alertness training and postvention resources to bereaved survivors of suicide. CAST also belongs to a broad network of suicide prevention leaders across Canada, serving on the National Collaboration for Suicide Prevention, the board of the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, the Canadian Distress Line Network, Kids Help Phone Advisory Group and many NS networks; Co-chair NS Suicide Prevention Steering Committee, Heartwood Youth Engagement Youth Advisory Committee and the CAST Youth Group Suicide Prevention Network. In addition, Mike Price is an Autism Consultant with CMHA.

Empower Ireland/Gateway Organisation


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Maurice Fenton

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Empower Ireland, Dun Esker, Ennistown Road Kilmessan Meath Ireland

Foróige, National Youth Development Organisation


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Susan Redmond

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Block 12D, Joyce Way, Park West

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Foróige is a National Youth Development Organisation in Ireland. Foróige began in 1952 and today serves 60,000 young people aged 10-18 years annually in a range of youth work services from local youth clubs to more specific youth projects. Foróige also works with young people experiencing adversity whether through poverty, social exclusion, early school-leaving, substance use, youth crime, minority groups, poor school attainment etc., Foróige’s purpose is ‘to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society’.

HeartWood Centre for Community and Youth Development


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Maria Cain

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5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 202 Halifax

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HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development is a values-based organization that strives to create transformational experiences. We use an appreciative approach, founded on core principles of youth engagement that include relationship building and asset-based community development. At the heart of our work is creating amazing experiences for young people so they feel valued, they recognize their own assets and build new skills, and they positively engage in the systems and communities that affect them, whether these are organizational, geographical, or institutional.

Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University


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Yoke Rabaia

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Birzeit P.O Box 14 Palestine

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+972-2-2982020/19

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Birzeit University is the oldest academic institution in Palestine. The Institute of Community and Public Health offers a Master’s course in Public Health and conducts research in relation to public health, including psychosocial health with a focus on young people. Research publications can be found on: http://icph.birzeit.edu/publications-resources/

Integrated psychosocial Services, Rehabilitation & Reintegration for Vulnerable Children and Young Persons In Niger Delta Region of Nigeria


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Israel Ekanem

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49 Ibong Road Ikot Ekpene Nigeria

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A Grassroots Empowerment Network program.

Legal Aid


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Megan Longley

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401-5475 Spring Garden Road Halifax

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The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Youth Justice provides representation for youth charged with criminal offenses. We also help youth (aged 12 to 18) who need advice or assistance with any legal issue including school or school board issues, housing, income assistance and Department of Community Services difficulties. We’re here to help. We provide full service or summary advice representation for any youth who encounters a criminal justice or social justice issue. This service is free of charge so any youth in Nova Scotia can contact any NSLA office for help. In HRM we have a specialized youth justice office with staff who are dedicated to serving youth, many of home have challenging contexts. We are able to help with creative solutions to problems.

Life:Space – Atlantic Youth


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Andrew Middleton

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3045 Robie street, Suite 111 Halifax

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Life: Social Skills, Problem Solving, Accountability and Character Education. LifeSPACE is the do-it-all social development program you’ve been looking for that will energize, challenge and change the way your kids will view themselves and their actions. Activities and games are used constantly to engage students and make learning fun; and natural student behaviour and responses form teachable moments which are central to the program.

Phoenix Youth Programs


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Timothy Crooks

Power to Girls Foundation


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Aisha Addo

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Our Vision is to empower and encourage girls to to create an environment that fosters growth and leadership Power To Girls Foundation achieves this by providing long term leadership and mentorship programs that build life long relationships and long term life skills.

Reaching IN…Reaching OUT (RIRO)


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Darlene Kordich Hall

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20 Budgell Terrace, #6 Toronto

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Reaching IN…Reaching OUT (RIRO) is an innovator in promoting resilience on various levels—from providing evidence-based skills training to adults who live and work with young children to helping organizations and communities create “cultures of resilience” through leadership training and knowledge mobilization. RIRO’s approach helps individuals, organizations and governments respond to the challenges facing Canada’s families—particularly vulnerable ones—as they experience serious economic pressures and social upheaval leading to increased stress.

Renewable Manhood


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100 Bain Avenue Suite 11 Elm

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Renewable Manhood is a collective of people committed to causing boys and men to redesign their masculinity, as often as necessary, creating a safer society. We have just begun our work and are undertaking our first educational adventure retreat for men who want to learn about mentoring and fathering in the presence of fatherless sons ages 14- 17.

Rock Solid Foundation


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Bonnie Leadbeater

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398 Fraser St Victoria

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The Rock Solid Foundation (RSF) is the charitable arm of the WITS Program. 15 years ago, RSF was created to support the WITS Anti-Victimization Program. RSF supports the implementation of this school-based program through training support, marketing and resource supply. Interested schools can access guidance and resources through contact with RSF: general program information, detailed implementation guidance, Training Program IT support and the purchase of low cost WITS Program supplies. In short, RSF exists to aid schools in the cost-efficient and straightforward implementation of the WITS Program.

The John Howard Society of North Island


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Mary Catherine Williams

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201-140A 10th Ave Campbell River

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The John Howard Society of North Island provides services to youth, children, adults, and families with diverse needs. For more than 30 years, The John Howard Society has been serving the community justice and social services needs of northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Our locations include office and residential programs, but our work also takes us into schools, homes and other parts of the communities. We have a holistic approach, recognizing that safer, healthier communities are created through the combined and diverse efforts of citizens, organizations and governments. We work cooperatively with a broad spectrum of community agencies and committees, while also maintaining involvement in provincial and national organizations that seek to address the social needs of Canadians.

The Life Resource Centre


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David Cottrill

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1510 Fanshawe Pk Rd E London ON Canada

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The Life Resource Centre is a faith based agency caring holistically for the people of Northeast London. We serve many newcomers and refugee youth and families as well as Canadians dealing with physical and mental disabilities.

TYPS Almonte’s Youth Centre


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Faron Gogo

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65 Mill Street

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Taking Young People Seriously (TYPS) Almonte’s Youth Centre is affiliated with Youth Centres Canada and aims at “Providing the youth of Mississippi Mills with inclusive social and developmental programs and opportunities in a supportive environment”. Taking Young People Seriously [TYPS] Almonte’s Youth Centre provides the youth of Almonte, and surrounding areas, between the ages of 12-18 with inclusive social and developmental programs and opportunities in a supportive environment. Open Monday through Friday, TYPS provides an open youth drop-in, cooking programs, youth dances, field trips and ongoing skill development. These skills can include gardening, sewing, painting and more. TYPS strives to engage youth within the community of Mississippi Mills in a fun and youth friendly way.

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Violence on Learning


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35 Parkway Avenue Toronto Canada

Biography

Violence shapes us. It can make us stronger as learners, teachers, and simply as people in the world. It can also make it hard to trust ourselves and others, and difficult to learn. Its impact on learning is not well recognized, but the resources and allies found here can help all of us – whatever our role or experience – to address this issue creatively. On this site you will find: • practical ideas to make it easier to learn or teach when violence or hard times mark our lives and/or the lives of those we work with; • people and organizations exploring violence and learning through research or practice. Most information included is Canadian, and much is from the adult literacy field and upgrading fields. Gradually resources from more countries and more settings will be included here. Help us to include your local wisdom and experience. In the meantime take the Canadian information as an example of what might already be happening – or you might initiate – in your area. This site is for all of us — whatever our age, language group, culture, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, educational or economic status, work role, or personal history. Throughout this site we acknowledge and embrace our differences and our commonality and include a range of resources to meet all of our needs. We want us all to feel included and valued here and find resources that reveal our realities and support us.

Waypoints Inc.


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11 Red Oake Place

YOUCAN


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Dave Farthing

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223 Maint st c/o St Paul University Ottawa

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The YOUCAN Mentoring Program was launched in September of 2011 to provide a school-based mentorship and skills building program for kids aged 9 to 12 years old. The program aims to reach kids who could most benefit from a positive and consistent role model, and from building skills in communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. The program is operating in Cape Breton (NS), Gatineau (QC), Ottawa (ON), Toronto (ON), Edmonton (AB), and Surrey (BC).

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