October 6, 2017: The Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation works with agencies and other partners across Ontario that specifically target building skills, providing training, and overall improve employability of Ontarians. OCWI was interested in looking at the YEP model and program and seeing how we provide employment skills to youth and to adults, and what gaps we fill in. YEP has recently partnered with OCWI who will be conducting a case study about the program. For more information about the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation and their projects, please take a look at their website: http://www.ocwi-coie.ca/
January 10th, 2017: The Strategic Framework for Youth Leadership and Innovation in Canada report by MaRS has highlighted Youth Empowering Parents as a program that fosters business incubation, networking and mentorship within Canada’s youth leadership and innovation “ecosystem”.
To check out MaRS’ insights from the 2016 National Youth Leadership and Innovation Strategy Summit, click on this link: http://www.studioy.marsdd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MaRS_NYLIS-strategic_framework_Final.pdf
January 5th, 2017: For the last few years, Youth Empowering Parents has partnered with York University Teacher’s College – Faculty of Education. Each year, students from this program get the opportunity to complete their community practicum with YEP. YEP has benefited a great deal from having these amazingly talented students work with us, and the Regent Park community has also benefited from this relationship as well. Recently, a book has been published titled “Teacher Education for High Poverty Schools”, where YEP and the Regent Park neighbourhood are mentioned under the chapter by Alison Griffith and Sherri Gilbert, “Learning to Teach in the Park: The York University Regent Park Initiative”. This chapter can be read through this link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-22059-8_13
December 2nd, 2016: Youth Empowering Parents is happy to announce that we have been awarded the 2016 Urban Leadership Award. YEP has been recognized as an emerging organization that is helping to improve the health and overall quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area. We would like to thank Canadian Urban Institute for this huge honour.
January 22nd, 2016: YEP is highlighted as an innovative community-based program addressing issues relating to learning on the 2015 Toronto Vital Signs report. To read the 2015 Vital Signs Report by the Toronto Foundation, click this link:
December 20th, 2015: A CBC news article was published this December on the YEP program in Rose Avenue Public School, located in the St. James Town community. Keep up the great work St. James Town!!!