Annual Graduate Student Symposium - Youth Engagement Initiative

The LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, in partnership with the City Institute, C. W. Jefferys Collegiate and Westview Collegiate Institute, presented their Annual Graduate Student Symposium:   “A Healthy Community for Toronto’s Youth: How Researchers and Youth can work together to push the envelope to effect change”, on Monday, June 2, 2014.

Six domains were identified in this youth engagement initiative:

  • Relationships, including dating violence, bullying and family dynamics, (presented by Marina Heifetz and Jeremy Doucette)
  • Mental Health and Addictions, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse, (presented by Theresa Kim, Krysta McDonald, Armita Hosseini)
  • Geography/Physical Environment, including the importance of neighbourhoods and the right for everyone to help shape their surroundings, (presented by Bryony Halpin and Isabella Trindade)
  • Physical Health, including sports and recreation, physical development and body image, (presented by Theresa Beesely, Cassidy Preston, Rob Caratun, Lauren Tristani and Meg McPhie)
  • Culture/Values/Beliefs, including diversity, religion and identity, (presented by Leah Litwin, Ciann Wilson, Cynthia Shih and Rosalba Ceravolo)
  • Education/Career/Future, including school achievement and challenges to reaching goals, (presented by Julia Riddell, Julie Wallis and Alexandra Basile)