YouthREX newsletter - The Round-Up #12: Ontario's Black Youth Action Plan #FightRacism





Featuring resources on Ontario's journey towards action for Black youth in our communities. 



Our monthly round-up of resources, news and events
connected to youth work in Ontario



The Launch of the
Ontario Black Youth Action Plan

Welcome to the latest eXchange newsletter, The Round-Up #12!

We thought we would mark today, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, by featuring resources related to our latest Youth In the News blog post on the recent announcement of the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (OBYAP).
This important four-year plan aims to tackle the barriers that Black
youth in Ontario experience by addressing violence and employment
barriers, increasing opportunities, and investing in their holistic

Check out this blog for more on OBYAP and keep scrolling for resources related to Black youth wellbeing, anti-racism and more!


01. What We're Thinking

"I want black youth in this province to
know that their lives matter."

- Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and
  Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism 

In the eXchange's latest Youth In the News
blog post, Dr Uzo Anucha, YouthREX's Provincial Academic Director
reflects on launch of the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan and the
important steps we need to take to address a long history of
constructing Black youth as 'problems'. Click here to read the full blog. 


02. Hot Off the Press

A Better Way Forward: Ontario's 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan

As described by the authors: This 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan is the province’s commitment to change the way we do things and break
down barriers to advance racial equity...The plan targets systemic
racism by building an anti-racism approach into the way government
develops policies, makes decisions, evaluates programs, and monitors
outcomes. It calls for a proactive, collaborative effort from all
government ministries and community partners to work toward racial



03. The Journey Towards Action for Ontario's Black Youth: Select Reports

Community stakeholders, anti-racism advocates, academics, researchers,
government officials and more have been engaged in a long journey
towards action for Ontario's Black youth. Here are a select number of
reports that reflect just a portion of this journey:


Report Of The Advisor On Race Relations To The Premier Of Ontario, Bob Rae by Stephen Lewis



Review of the Roots of Youth Violence by Roy McMurtry and Alvin Curling




This Issue Has Been With Us For Ages: A Community Assessment Of Police Contact Carding In 31 Division by Logical Outcomes



Vision, One Voice: Changing The Child Welfare System For African
Canadians by the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies



04. Staff Pick



"The Racial Healing and Reconciliation Documentary Project shares
stories from a community project that involved young people from mixed
racial backgrounds in a year-long journey toward building racial
learning and healing in Boston. This change-focused model addresses
issues of racism from the perspective of public health, equity, and
justice. The group creates a brave and safer space for participants to
learn about systemic racism and also witness and voice each others
experiences of, and acts, of racism. I am interested in how this model
might complement broader systemic changes."  
- Rebecca Houwer, YouthREX Knowledge Exchange Manager


The eXchange Library for Youth Work has
hundreds of diverse and accessible resources such as research
summaries, factsheets, reports and new media that can help strengthen
your work with youth. 


05. Youth Perspectives

The eXchange blog focuses on relevant youth and youth-sector related news, report
launches and events. We strive to include youth work related resources
and additional links to learn more where possible.

Visit the blog here and check out these blog posts reflecting on issues related to Black youth identity and experiences:


Seeing Ourselves: Representations of "Successful" Students and the Erasure of Black Youth
By: Donovan Hayden, YouthREX Summer Intern and BA Student, Hobart College


Taking Care During Times of Anti-Black Trauma
By: Jhanelle Porter, YouthREX Digital Content and Communications Intern


All History, All the TIme
By: Oji Okafor, YouthREX Provincial Office Youth Research Assistant


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