Find profiles of the Halton Youth Initiative projects. Profiles include a description, links to useful resources, and photos to inspire future projects.
Several of the breakout room leaders from the Halton Youth Initiative came together for the first-ever HYI Leader’s Circle. Led by SHSM co-op student and fellow breakout room leader, Amber Siddiqui, the leader's circle was a chance for folks to come together, learn from one another's experience and begin collaboration on a Best Practices resource.
Halton Youth Impact Survey
Volunteers from the Halton Youth Initiative had an incredible opportunity to participate in the Halton Youth Impact survey throughout the 2021 year. The Halton Youth Impact survey, coordinated by Our Kids Network, was one of four communities piloting a new child and youth well-being survey developed by UNICEF.
We chose to focus on mental health because we must be informed about mental health because struggling with it can easily happen to us - or someone close to us. As community awareness for mental health becomes normalized; stigma reduces and the chances of early intervention increase - leading to faster recovery.
Deep Dive: Youth Organizing for the Greater Good
Sharing information on movements organized by young leaders across the globe. We gathered thoughts on what youth feel you need to have/know to run successful community projects and began developing tools/resources to share with the public on this topic.
2020 10 Reconcili-ACTION
Volunteers in the Halton Youth Initiative have shown an ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation journey. They recognize the importance of Truth, making space to reckon with that information and equipping themselves with solutions to build relationships and take action!
The Communications Crew continued to express their interest in being part of the Truth and Reconciliation Journey. Volunteers were tasked with finding a topic, story or person of interest and were asked to write a blog or create social media slides to share what they learned.
Town of Milton: Youth Voice
The Milton Youth Action Team was dedicated to amplifying youth voices in their community. In addition to a strong social media presence and expressing themselves on the team and in their school clubs/council - they connected directly with the Town of Milton to ensure that young people were heard and included in decisions that affect them!
Milton Fair Battle of the Bands
The first project of the Milton Youth Action Team was suggested by the Town of Milton - Youth Coordinator, Michelle Dittmer. She asked MYAT to come together and plan two stages: a Battle of the Bands competition and a Rec Room on Friday September 27 of the Fair weekend.
25 Community Conversations
From May 1st to August 23rd, 2019, a series of 25 conversations were held across Oakville to commemorate The Oakville Community Foundation's 25th Anniversary. With the combined participation of over 330 community members, the 25 groups consisted of people from every age,
Youth Voice: Town of Halton Hills Planning
We would like to acknowledge the incredible partnership with many departments in the Town of Halton Hills for their ongoing commitment to amplifying youth voices on decisions that affect them. Including youth in every step of the process allows for young people to feel connected to their community, have a sense of pride for building their community and better understand how local government works!
North Oakville Community Stakeholders Forum & Youth Action Framework
On May 25, 2017, before the Halton Youth Initiative came into existence, and even before the North Oakville Youth Development Council was around, there was North Oakville’s Our Kids Network Community Stakeholders Youth Forum with 30 different organizations that participated.