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Youth Asset Mapping in Toronto

How are youth doing? and What is available for youth?

! About 70 funders, government, agencies, grassroots and

youth came together at an event in June of 2012 for the Youth Innovation Lab. outcomes for young people in Toronto to work on Collective Impact together (essentially getting all of the stakeholders involved in a solution to get better results)

! The goal was to engage people who want improved

! A core team was developed that was smaller than the

original 70 to continue to move the process forward. Out of that a mapping committee formed of a couple of people.

! And here I am speaking with you.

Our Problem
Youth, funders, government, parents, and the social sector dont know
! what is available neighbourhood by neighbourhood ! what we, as a youth serving sector, look like ! how youth in Toronto, neighbourhood by

neighbourhood, are doing

Our Questions
! How are youth doing in Toronto? ! What is available for youth in Toronto?

It depends on what you are trying to show what way of seeing youre trying to develop an atlas of Radical Cartography, Trevor Paglen, pg. 42

Proposal for Mapping

! 1) assemble framework to collect mapping and data

! 2) call out for all youth related mapping work ! 3) academic and design filter to look at how to layer the

! 4) mapping activity with youth to collect missing info

Our Filters
Looking at maps and data for three purposes:
! 1) Content: it has information that is a part of the

answer to one, or both, of our questions

! 2) Format: the representation of the info offers

interesting possibilities on how we can approach representing the data poorly that guides how we need to build this going forward

! 3) Instructive: they did something really well or really

Content: TYP

Content: 3 Cities

Content: Whats Available


Services/Resources The organizations represented have participated in YYC activities. The information does not represent all Weston Mount Dennis organizations.
Recreation Drop-in Sports recreation(Basketball/soccer leagues/Professional training) Sports recreation (leisure/agency programming) Arts Dance Music Film, Photography, Graphic Poetry and Drama After School Programs/Drop-in(Youth) Drop-in Structured (General) Homework help Settlement Services/Programs ESL classes for newcomer Settlement Advocacy for newcomer Newcomer youth services Education workshop/Labour market readiness Transition/Interpretation Services Health(Nutrition/Clinical etc) Clinical services Mental Health Counselling on trauma and walk-in Cognitive behavioural therapy Speech and Language Employment Employment for out of school youth/residents Employment Admin Support Job leads/community posting space Work with a counsellor/job developer Employment related nancial support Apprenticeship Legal Aid/Housing Prevention/Intervention Legal aid clinics Gang Prevention Reintegration Services Housing Assistance Gender Based Programs/Services Young Womens Program LGBTQ Fathers Program Womens Shelter Family and childrens programs Kindergarten outreach Story-time for families Summer Camps Tax Clinics for low income families Support for young families Early Years Engagement/Outreach Resident engagement Youth Engagement Youth/Resident Resource Centre Youth Outreach Education/ Youth Programming(Life skills/mentoring etc) Peer Mentoring Peer Outreach Programs Intergenerational Programs Scholarship Youth Programs Youth Council Literacy Services Multilingual collection/services Gaming Events Academic Support Space Community/Resident space Community garden space & initiative


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Content: Youth Data

Format: Info-Graphic

Format: Map w Filters

Format: Participatory Map w Audio

Format: Youth-Engaged and Interactive

Format: Participatory Map w Video

Format: Simple and Advocacy Oritented

Instructive: Youth Participatory Research

Instructive: Relevant? Useful? Updated? Accessible?

Instructive: ThanksI guess.

1) assemble framework to collect mapping into

What we have:
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Started with a Word doc collecting screen shots, basic descriptions, contact info and web addresses Added an Excel sheet that collates the maps through a variety of questions that allow us to search by categories and keep it organized Google docs that are shared between about 10 or so people connected to this effort

What we are thinking:


Set up a blog that puts all of this information out there for the broader collective and to the world for unexpected connections and making it open

2) call out for all youth related mapping work

! A week or so away from this step.

3) academic and design minds to partners with youth and youth serving sector people to look at how complete the info is and how to layer the information to give us a picture
! Why I am here today. ! Have been exploring connections such as OCAD, City

of Toronto, and others that can support this work and/ or are already doing this work.

! 4) mapping activity with youth to collect missing info ! No clear plan or questions yet for this until we know

what we are missing.

! We have discovered a number of cool approaches

though (decoders) and possible questions (e.g. plazas)

Discovery so far
! The work of collecting information has revealed that: ! People are doing this work in silent silosand there are

a lot of these silos.

! People are reinventing what has been started numerous

times before
! People are not crossing boundaries of sector enough ! People are not planning how this work can be

innovative, interactive and sustained

! Email: ! Twitter: @successbl

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