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Recruiting Collective Young Leaders (CYL)
The CYL is a diverse group that provides leadership for the TRRUST Initiative in collaboration with the Strategic Advisory. Our voices inform all decisions and aspects of the initiative.
Qualities of CYL members: Dependability and dedication are important as the CYL is only as strong as the combination of its members and each member is a vital part of the CYL; Punctuality is important for meetings to run smoothly and efficiently; Respect for divergent viewpoints is important, as the CYL will have different opinions and viewpoints on issues. Everyone should feel able to contribute to the CYL’s discussions and debates; Respect for personal boundaries and freedoms should also be shown, through respecting the personal choices of others and enhancing personal dignity.
CYL members receive honorariums and transit support for their participation.
Download the CYL recruitment poster here.
On September 20th, 2019 we invited youth and young adults aged 18 to 24 years who where in or from care transitioning to independence to map their transition to independence. Journey Maps are a visual artifact to be used by the CYL and Strategic Advisory to measure changes, to examine the current landscape against the 2016 Journey Maps, and to develop a shared pathway for moving forward.
The youth and young adults mapped their experiences under five pillars:
1. Ministry and Services
2. Health and Well-Being
5. Home and Neighbourhood
To understand their needs and to help CI-TRRUST set priorities for change we asked:
- What helped them in their transition?
- What barriers did they face? and
- How would you imagine your future look like if you had the support and systems you needed?
In the stories of their future we identified 8 themes or priorities:
2. Whole Person Care
3. Stable Employment
5. Livelong Support
6. Basic Needs Met
8. Stable, Affordable Housing
Below are the 2019 Journey Maps.
About TRRUST: Collective Impact for youth aging out of care in Vancouver
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- When: Friday, September 20th, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:30 PM
- Where: Sunrise Community Association Hall, 1950 Windermere St. Vancouver
- Who: Youth aged 18 to 24 in and from government care who are transitioning to independence
- What: Together we journey map your experiences as you transitioned from government care. What has worked well? What changes would improve your experience?
- Why: To understand your needs and help CI-TRRUST set priorities for change!
- How: Pre-registration is required. Register by phone or text to 604-715-4504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The goals for phase two are:
- Develop a governance and structure
- Develop shared measures
- Implement the caring connections success pillar and develop outcomes and objectives for the other 2 shared vision success pillars
- Engage other services and sectors that interact with youth from government care
- Complete a developmental evaluation for Phase 2 and incorporate more shared learning opportunities
Since April 2014, more than 40 organizations and approximately 20 youth have been steadfast in their commitment to a unified approach by participating in gatherings. The first year of Phase 1 consisted of workshops introducing the concept of collective impact that captured the interest of many stakeholders. The small group of influential champions originally came together to talk about youth homelessness and by the end of 2014 the common issue of youth transitioning from foster care had emerged.
Year two of Phase 1 was highly process driven – a challenge in a service community that is deeply engrossed in taking action and hoping for immediate results. The collective impact lens is effective in dealing with complex social issues but it’s a long term approach known to take up to 5 years for the desired impact. Although faced with changing participants at the four community gatherings, stakeholders demonstrated their commitment by investing in the processes that led to a strong foundation moving into Phase 2.
A young person's introduction to Collective Impact
Collective impact is a concept that helps communities build a shared vision for impact on complex social issues such as youth aging out of care. It works towards bringing together different organizations, governments and members of community to achieve long lasting change.
Collective impact isn’t just collaboration, but in fact much more. It requires a sense of urgency to work towards better solutions.
Collective impact can be looked at as a puzzle. The overall picture of the puzzle is the vision that everyone shares of the desired long lasting solutions. In order to build the puzzle you need pieces, which are the different organizations, government ministries, and young people. With this puzzle, the pieces need to be adaptable. Not all pieces in the beginning fit easily into place. It takes time and team work, and can take years to reach the desired impact.
This collective impact initiative brings together organizations that work in areas such as housing, employment, social and community services, and government. Together, these organizations are coordinate their efforts towards a common goal, in this case, the future success of youth transitioning out of care. Youth aging out of care need a variety of supports working with each other in order to be successful. For example:
- What use would it be to the youth to learn how to manage and budget money, if they are unable to find or keep employment,or don’t have a source of income?
- What use is employment help or training, if a youth is worried about finding a safe place to sleep at night, or has to worry about securing a spot at a shelter?
In order to support these young people, organizations need to work side by side with each other, and with youth. The community, governments, service providers, and young people need to share in the same plan in order to have a positive impact. The goal of collective impact is to ensure all youth aging out of care have their fundamental needs met to pave the road to their own success.