Youth Asset Mapping in Toronto

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Youth Asset Mapping in Toronto
Youth Asset Mapping in
Toronto
How are youth doing? and What is available for youth?
Background
!   About 70 funders, government, agencies, grassroots and
youth came together at an event in June of 2012 for the
Youth Innovation Lab.
!   The goal was to engage people who want “improved
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)
!   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
don’t 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” you’re trying to develop” – an atlas of Radical
Cartography, Trevor Paglen, pg. 42
Proposal for Mapping
!   1) assemble framework to collect mapping and data
into
!   2) call out for all youth related mapping work
!   3) academic and design filter to look at how to layer the
information
!   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
!   3) Instructive: they did something really well or really
poorly that guides how we need to build this going
forward
Content: TYP
Content: 3 Cities
Content: What’s 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 financial support
Apprenticeship
Legal Aid/Housing
Prevention/Intervention
Legal aid clinics
Gang Prevention
Reintegration Services
Housing Assistance
Gender Based Programs/Services
Young Women’s Program
LGBTQ
Father’s Program
Women’s Shelter
Family and children’s 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
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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: Thanks…I guess.
1) assemble framework to collect mapping into
What we have:
!  
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
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
!   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 silos…and 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
Contact
!   Email: [email protected]
!   Twitter: @successbl

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