Youth Association for Academics,
Athletics and Character Education

Research Projects

From the Margins: Building Curriculum for Youth in Transition (March 1st/2013 through July 30th/2013)

In partnership with the Department of Justice this project was born out of a desire to explore systemic issues impacting educational attainment for  young people in conflict with the law and those at risk to guns, gangs and drugs.  This project explores current educational programming for the aforementioned cohort of students.  By asking organizations to discuss what “curriculum” means to their organization and how this is later implemented for young people, this project aims to explore the ways in which this work enhances rehabilitation as well as civic and social inclusion. read more »

Being Proactive 1: Supporting Children and Youth Mental Health and Wellness in Schools and Communities

On February 16–17, 2012, The Department of Justice, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, York University Center for Education and Community, The Toronto District School Board and The Youth association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education hosted a collaborative conference in the North York area of Toronto. Entitled Being Proactive: Supporting Children and Youth Mental Health and Wellness in Schools and Communities, the conference took as its specific focus the impact of violence, poverty, racism, loss/bereavement, abandonment and neglect, street/gang life, incarceration, and institutional and community apathy on the mental health of children and youth, especially those living in the city’s poor and racialized communities. read more »

Being Proactive 2: Looking after the Mental Health & Well-Being of Children and Youth – Being Proactive II 2013 conference

On Friday March 22nd, 2013, participants at the Being Proactive II: Looking after the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth conference gathered to share insights on how to better provide community, schooling, institutional and societal supports that nurture coping strategies and foster resilience in children and youth. About 200 mental health professionals, educators, individuals working in the criminal justice system, front-line workers, and children and youth professionals from the various social service sectors explored ways to address systemic barriers such as poverty, racism, and violence that affect the youth and children mental health and well-being of today’s youth. read more »