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

Halton Youth Initiative

The goal of the Halton Youth Initiative (HYI) was to elevate youth voice and empower youth to have a positive impact in the communities of North Oakville, Acton, Aldershot, and Milton. The project was youth-led, with young people identifying local issues and strategies for possible solutions. Activities were grounded in an asset-building approach and focused on relationship building. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the initiative brought youth and adults together to form developmental relationships in the four communities. The project started in 2019 and was completed on December 31, 2021, having influenced and empowered 57,420 young people.

 

Introducing the Youth Volunteer Life Cycle Resource Toolkit from the Halton Youth Initiative!

What do youth look for in a volunteer position? How can you retain youth volunteers? What’s the best way to recognize youth volunteers? Find the answers in the Youth Volunteer Life Cycle Resource Toolkit. The toolkit is filled with valuable resources including a practice brief, videos, infographic, and tip sheets that focus on recruiting, retaining and recognizing youth who volunteer.

If you are a community partner and wish to learn more about the Halton Youth Initiative project, visit www.haltonyouth.com or contact Elisabeth Wells, elisabeth@ourkidsnetwork.ca

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