RESOURCES

We believe in allowing youth the opportunity to reclaim their own power, access their own resources, and take positive control over their lives. To this end, we support youth in care to share their own stories strategically and have developed many resources that youth and supporters alike can use to assist in their journey.

We also conduct qualitative research on specific issues that are important to youth in care, to produce resources that youth and supporters alike can use to advocate for positive improvements.

RESEARCH

Drugs In Our System: An Exploratory Study On The Chemical Management Of Canadian Systems Youth – Full Report ​
This report explores the increasingly common trend of using mood-altering and behaviour modifying psychotropic medications to address the behaviours, mental health conditions and emotional healing needs of young people in systems care.

The Chemical Management of Canadian Systems Youth (2006) – Research and Reports
Are drugs being inappropriately prescribed to children and youth as an easy and cheap way to deal with real healing needs, resulting in adult drug addictions?

Primer: Research Report (2003). – Research and Reports
Explores the results of the consultation with youth in care across Canada, examining the five major challenges, the ideal intervener qualities, and recommendations to nurture resiliency, well-being.

Broken Fairytales Research Report: Teenage Parenting and the Canadian Child Welfare System (2004). – Book​

NETWORKING

Coast 2 Coast (1998). – DVDs An inspirational and educational video describing what networking means to young people who get involved and how it can change lives.

The Power of Support (2003). – Guidebook/Manual A how-to resource for the adults who support youth in care groups and networks, complete with stories and case studies of adult involvement in youth in care networks. (Book).

Speak the Truth in a Million Voices – It Is Silence That Kills: Stories For Change (2004). – Book This manual goes through the steps needed to tell your story confidently and safely. ​

STORYTELLING

Multi-media Stories Volume 2 (2008). – DVDs
The stories created during our Multimedia Storytelling Workshops are powerful, authentic, and represent the common experiences of those from care while focusing on a resiliency theme.

Multimedia Storytelling: Sam – Website
National Youth in Care Network Multimedia Story created by Sam on her emotional and spiritual journey while growing up and out of care. ​

Multimedia Storytelling: John – Website
In his story, John discusses his experience with leaving care, getting through university and discovering life, trust and friendship. ​

Multimedia Storytelling: Marie – Website
In Marie’s story, she discusses her experience with the Ken Dryden Scholarship and how it affected her and the lives of other youth in care in her community. ​

Primer Anthology: A Compilation of Stories and Research – Book
The stories and experiences of youth in care with the 5 Primer themes have been captured to illustrate the incredible resilience and desire to survive, to make the system better. ​

Multi-Media Story: History and Importance of Storytelling Sharing for Change: Multimedia Stories (2009) – DVD
The history of storytelling stems back through every generation, every culture, and every social movement.

Speak the Truth in a Million Voices – It Is Silence That Kills: Stories For Change (2004). – Book

Broken Fairytales Research Report: Teenage Parenting and the Canadian Child Welfare System (2004). – Book
Results of a two year project researching how to support youth in care who become pregnant in order to inform policies that affect the lives of these parents and their children.