OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.
Indicators:

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.
Indicators:

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.
Indicators:

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.
Indicators:

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.
Indicators:

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

Data To Action

Halton Youth Impact Survey Results

Are recreation and leisure opportunities accessible to all children and youth in Halton?

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Findings reflect the responses of 1915 youth in the 13 to 18 age range.

Turn the Data into Action

The findings from the HYIS provide our community with new, comprehensive data, informed by a youth engagement strategy, and validated by youth from across Halton. Now, it is time for organizations serving youth in Halton to move the data into action.

How can we work together so all children and youth in Halton can benefit from leisure and recreation opportunities?

Step 1

Consider the conditions we want to see for child and youth wellbeing in Halton.
The findings from the HYIS suggest three key conditions we should strive for:

  • The wellbeing of children and youth is enhanced when they can access recreation and leisure opportunities.
  • Barriers need to be removed so all children and youth have equitable opportunities to participate in leisure and recreation.
  • All children and youth have the right to leisure, and to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child.

Step 2

Explore and share the findings. More data can be found on the OKN Data Portal.

Have conversations about what the results mean, and how we can work together in Halton to respond to these findings.

Step 3

This Data Action Bulletin posits a series of questions, or Data Actions, to guide discussion and ultimately, action at your organization. We encourage you to work through and discuss each question as a group. It is our vision that the conversations catalyzed by these questions will be unique to your organization and create pathways for mobilizing the data within your organization and our communities.
How we achieve these outcomes will be determined by the actions we take, individually in our respective work, and collaboratively as a community. The Data Actions below are designed to guide discussion at your organization.

The wellbeing of children and youth is enhanced when they can access recreation and leisure opportunities.

  • How does your organization positively impact children and youth through recreation and leisure opportunities?
  • How does your organization communicate the benefits of recreation and leisure?
  • What organizations and individuals are your allies in supporting accessible recreation opportunities for all children and youth?

Barriers need to be removed so all children and youth have equitable opportunities to participate in leisure and recreation.

  • What are some of the barriers your organization has successfully addressed, or is working to address? What strategies have you used?
  • What knowledge and resources does your organization require to advocate for the removal of barriers you cannot tackle on your own?
  • Think about some of the children and youth your organization might not be reaching right now. Can you think of ways your organization could better support them?

All children and youth have the right to leisure, and to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child.

  • What is the story of your program or service, and the children and youth you serve? What do you think are the top three key messages about your work?
  • How can you use your story to support your advocacy work for inclusive recreation and leisure opportunities?
  • What partners may help you in ensuring your organization has everything it needs to offer inclusive programs?

Limitations

  • This bulletin covers only responses of youth in the 13-18 age range.
  • Open invitation sampling strategy (non-probabilistic).
  • Sample is not necessarily representative of all children and youth living in Halton.
  • It is not possible to determine a response rate.
  • However, considering the geographic coverage and the size of the final sample, it’s fair to assume that we have a reasonably good cross-section of children and youth living in Halton.
  • A higher degree of diversity within this sample calls for caution when interpreting overall ratios. For more details on the composition of the sample see the sociodemographic table.
  • The data are meant to provide a snapshot of youth wellbeing during COVID, and caution should be used when comparing across time.
  • While each indicator is important, using multiple indicators as evidence of strengths and needs provides a more comprehensive representation.
  • This is a self-report survey and several types of response bias have been identified related to self-report surveys. Use caution when interpreting the findings.
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