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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Volunteer Lifecycle

Youth Volunteer Life Cycle Toolkit – Recruit, Retain, Recognize

The Youth Volunteer Life Cycle represents the key aspects of a young person’s volunteer experience with volunteering.

The Halton Youth Initiative (HYI) identified three areas of focus: how to recruit, how to retain, and how to recognize youth volunteers.

Practice Brief

Sun and hillsThe Practice Brief shares key insights about the Youth Volunteer Life Cycle gathered from young leaders, program leaders and agencies.

Download the The 3Rs – Recruit, Retain, Recognize PDF.


SeedsThe Infographic shares the three key stages of the Youth Volunteer Life Cycle.

Download the The 3Rs – Recruit, Retain, Recognize Infographic.

Tip Sheets

Watering plantsReady-to-download tip sheets focusing on all aspects of the Youth Volunteer Life Cycle.

Volunteer Recruitment: The recruiting package from the Milton Action Team. Customize the content to your group to provide the information to recruit members. Download

Kick Off Agenda Sample: The structure of the first meeting can set the tone for how the group moves forward together. This sample agenda provides the key areas that need to be covered. Download

Kick Off Meeting Presentation: Customize this presentation for your group! Complete with an agenda and activity instructions to set the stage. Download

Volunteer Retention: A big part of retaining volunteers is making sure that they are informed and aware of the expectations of the organization. This sample covers the bases. Download

Activity Ideas to Build Your Team: Activities developed to build a sense of team work and fun from the Seven Somebodies Team in Acton. Download

Designing Positive Youth Spaces: An activity focused on getting input and sharing ideas about designing positive and intentional youth spaces. Download

Adult Engagers: Pre-meeting, during meeting, brainstorming, success tips, and outside meeting ideas for adults to consider. Download

Event Planning Checklist: Designed to help a team work through the process of organizing an event. Download

Project Idea Pitch Example: An example of how to pitch a project idea including project parameters, planning tools and presentation guide. Download


Video Playlist

PlantHear first-hand:

–  What are the qualities of a good volunteer position?
–  What are the key elements in building successful youth volunteer roles?
–  Utilising technology to enhance youth roles and teams?
–  How can we make volunteerism more accessible?

Watch the The 3Rs – Recruit, Retain, Recognize Videos.


6 Resources.jpgA companion to the Practice Brief.  A perfect way to introduce the Youth Volunteer Life Cycle to your group or staff team.  Easy to enhance the presentation with the videos and tip sheets in this toolkit.

Download the The 3Rs – Recruit, Retain, Recognize Presentation .

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