Jun 26

Johana, Khyna, Edward, and Cody from the Surrey You Advisory Committee (YAC) talk about what brought them to the YAC, what it has accomplished over two years, thoughts & suggestions for new practitioners/students, and some of the challenges facing Youth Advisory Committees. 

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Jun 12

On this episode of your right to speak we will be talking with Rosa, a returning youth guest. We will be talking to Rosa about living with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Rosa starts the conversation with the challenges of living with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis and how it impacts her day-to-day activities. The conversation then turns to Rosa explaining that the only things that help her with the pain is medical marijuana, and she discusses what the impact of having invisible pain has had on her life. Near the end of the conversation Rosa expresses how sometimes it is a challenge to work with social workers and Child and Youth Care Practitioners because they don’t always believe that she is in pain.

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May 29

The mission of the Child and Youth Care Alliance for Racial Equity (CARE) is “to challenge systemic and institutional oppression within child and youth care education, policy and service provision that impact the lives of young people in the Province of Ontario”. In this conversation with two members of CARE we speak about how racial, and other forms of inequity, manifest in CYC; ways the field and individuals can address these oppressions; broadening conceptions of care beyond the ways it has been historically been taken up in CYC; and the roll of research for CARE.

Juanita Stephen is a Co-Founder of CARE, she has worked with young people in numerous capacities over the years, and also teaches CYC. After completing her diploma, undergrad and Master’s in Child and Youth Care, Juanita is currently doing her Ph.D. in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies at York university in Toronto.

Peter Amponsah is a professor at Sheridan College in the Child and Youth Care program. He has done direct practice with young people, worked in management, and helped developed policy for child welfare agencies. Much of Peter’s work, like Juanita’s, focuses on anti-oppressive & anti-racist theory and practice. Peter is currently working on his Ph.D. in Social Work at York University.

To find out more about CARE email TheCareAlliance@gmail.com; visit at https://www.facebook.com/EquityInCYC; and follow on Twitter @EquityinCYC

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Apr 24
In this interview Kaz MacKenzie speaks about her research looking at whiteness, some of the impact of white supremacy on Indigenous children and youth, why whiteness is an important topic for CYC practitioners to think and talk about, and mentions many authors, books, and other resources to learn more about some of these topics. Out of her research in collaborative dialogues with experienced, critical, politicized CYC practitioners, four themes emerged that attend to systemic issues and the difficulty of challenging dominant white norms and conventions in the field of CYC: 1) working in colonial violence and racism; 2) white settler fragility; 3) power and privilege, and; 4) troubling ally-ship. These key themes explore the complex, embodied individual and collective ethical responsibilities of white settler CYC practitioners. 
Kaz MacKenzie is a white, cis woman (she/her) living on the unceeded territory Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations.  Her ancestors are of Irish, Scottish and English lineage. She is currently an MA student in CYC at the University of Victoria, completing her thesis, “Integrating Fluid, Responsive and Embodied Ethics: Un-settling the Praxis of White Settler CYC Practitioners”. For the last 25 years she has worked, and learnt, as a recreation facilitator, alternative education co-ordinator, and youth outreach worker in community-based agencies, on and off reserve, in rural and urban settings; this work has been beside the resilience, fortitude, and beauty of youth people facing the violent realities of settler colonialism and racism. Recently, she has started a co-op work term as a researcher with the Office for the Representative for Children and Youth. Kaz strives, in her life, work and research, to be committed to her own unsettling, to attend to the responsibilities of settler/occupier repair and to forge pathways to anti-racist, anti-colonial, and intersectional praxis in CYC.

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Sep 26

Dr. Petra Roberts talks about her oral history research with 24 adults who, as children, grew up in residential institutions in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). Her study sought to learn the positives and negatives of residential care in order to contribute to developing a model of care suited for high need, low resource countries. Dr. Roberts discusses residential care in T&T, some of the unique aspects of care in that nation, the positive and challenging experiences of those who spent time in care, and closes with making some recommendations regarding institutional care for middle- and low-income countries.

Dr. Roberts is currently an assistant professor in the department of Social Work at Algoma University in Sault Saint Marie, Ontario.

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Sep 12

This presentation by Sabrin Hassan is the final of our uploads from Education Day, prior to the 20th Canadian National CYC conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia this past May. Sabrin discusses her experiences as a Black student going through post-secondary CYC education. Sabrin is a recent graduate of Ryerson Universities Bachelor in Child and Youth Care program.

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Aug 01

This week is the fifth in our uploads from the 20th Canadian National Child and Youth Care conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia this past May. In this episode, Matty Hillman talks about transitions he has gone through as a CYC Student. A Muralist. Community Citizen. CYC Practitioner. And now as an Educator.

Matty Hillman is a Child and Youth Care instructor in the Human Services program at Selkirk College in British Columbia. the traditional territory of the Sinixt people. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. His research interests include, sexual violence prevention and response on post-secondary campuses, healthy masculinities and critical youth mentorship. As a muralist, he is especially interested in the intersection of youth work and public art - exploring the opportunity these complimentary practices create for empowerment, community building and social justice advancements.

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Jul 18

The focus of this presentation is the complexity of delivering CYC Education in rural and remote Canada. Kelly Shaw is a faculty member in the Child and Youth Care [CYC] diploma at the Nova Scotia Community College [NSCC] and Director of Care for Atlantic Youth. Jenny Oliver and Ocean Wyatt are both CYC students from Nain, Labrador. 

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May 09
On this episode of Your Right To Speak. We talk with Carolyn Acker who is the found of Pathways to Education and is the current interim E.D at For Youth Initiative. Carolyn explains the servicers tat For Youth Initiative (FYI) offers youth and the importance of supporting marginalized youth living in low-income neighborhoods relating to educational attainment. She also explains that For Youth Initiative works with a board age group of youth (15-29) and because they are able to work with youth throughout their time as youth and assist them into adulthood. Carolyn makes it a point to explain that it is important for people working with youth to support youth in accomplishing their dreams and helping marginalized youth who do not believe they are good enough or smart to see beyond that. For Youth Initiative website:http://www.foryouth.ca/    
Let's raise awareness together!

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Mar 14

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, I talk with Michel McKenzie. Who is a motivational speaker and author of the book The CORE 7: Building and Mastering Your Best You. I have been working closely with Michel on a program he has developed called POWER. The POWER program is meant to motivate marginalized youth and teach them goal-setting skills.  Michel talks about why it is important for youth living in low income neighbourhoods and how to look beyond the challenges that are in front of them. Michel explains some of the gaps in low income neighbourhoods and what he has experienced living within one himself. Please see below for the link to Michel’s book. Let’s raise awareness together!

Link: https://www.amazon.ca/CORE7-Building-Mastering-Your-Best/dp/0994927320 

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Feb 07
On this episode of Your Right to Speak we talk with Freddy Brobbey who has his own music company JustOverMusic. Freddy is the Creative Director/Producer at JustOverMusic and works within the York South Weston community in Toronto. We talk about his work and how power can have positive impacts on young people. The majority of Freddy’s works is decreasing the stigma of entering the music world. The underlying theme of Freddy’s work is mentorship and guiding young people on a positive path. The conversation turns on the stigmas that the youth who Freddy works with face and the impacts of systemic oppression.  As well as some of the barriers to the grant system and the not for profit sector. 
JustOverMusic website: https://justovermusic.com/crew/
Let's raise awareness together!

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Dec 13

On this episode of Your Right To Speak, Salvatore talks with Mafo about violence against women. Mafo explains the gasp in services offered with a focus on the shelter system.  The conversation turns to how there are systemic issues and that there needs to be better funding provided by the government to make services more efficient. 


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Oct 25

On this episode, Wolfgang and Salvatore have a conversation about Salvatore’s recently completed Master’s research paper. In the discussion, Salvatore explains the term “adultism”, how it shows up in special education policy, the relevance of policy for those who work with children and youth, and how to work with young people (particularly those labeled disabled) to address adultism.

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Jul 12

On this episode of Your Right to Speak we talk with child and youth counsellor Vanessa Lackraj. Vanessa talks about relational approaches and strength-based practice. Throughout the episode, Vanessa stresses the importance of CYCs to be working in the moment, meeting young people where they are at, and recognizing that young people are experts in their own lives. Vanessa also offers advice to new CYCs entering the field and wisdom on how to address boundary challenges with young people.

Let’s raise awareness together!

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or have a topic that you think we should discuss, please email Salvatore and Jenn at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com 

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Oct 12

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Salvatore and Jenn speak with Carleen as they continue on the topic of Sexual Abuse. Carleen talks about how there is not a one-fits-all therapy for sexual abuse and how the therapy needs to meet where the individual is at mentally and emotionally. Carleen makes it a point to say that labels such as survivor or victim are often charge but she found in her experiences people who are sexually abuse want to be seen as an individual.   Carleen talks about how some people who are sexually abused may have a positive reaction to their body however it was not wanted and it creates a scene of guilt, shame and how to address this in therapy.   

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com 

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