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Skills Training Followed by Paid Job Placement

Leadership, Employability Skills Training followed by Paid Job Placement for Youth (ages 15-30) with Disabilities


 Free Program Interviews start September 11th, 2023.  Call Holli at 226-338-9966 asap to schedule your interview

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Children and Youth Planning Table

Join the Belonging Expo!

Reminder: The Belonging Expo is happening on Thurs. Sept. 28 from 2-8 PM!


2-5 PM will be geared towards CYPT members and 6-8 PM will be geared towards the community, but all are welcome to attend at any time.


As a part of the Belonging Expo, Oluseun Olayinka and Dr. Dillon Browne will be speaking at 6:30 PM in the KPL Theatre. Join us for a discussion about the importance of belonging for child and youth well-being — combining a grassroots perspective and an academic perspective!



The Expo is in place of the September Voting Member meeting.


Exploring the idea of a YIS Coaching Centre

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund

We’re excited to announce that we are a recipient of the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund!


The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations.


This funding will help us to explore what a Youth Impact Survey coaching centre could look like. Because the Youth Impact Survey is such a great tool to hear from young people about their well-being, we’re looking at the possibility of helping other communities across Canada to develop and run a YIS. Stay tuned for updates about this important new research!


Equity Design Thinking

The CYPT Equity Design Thinking team has been meeting over the summer to scope upcoming work that addresses this question:


“There is a great opportunity for the structure that is the CYPT to support system-wide equity for children and youth – so how do we best go about leveraging it at this point?”


Team members have worked to ensure this project is set up in good ways, and are about to launch into consultant recruitment. This consultant will gather the input from CYPT stakeholders and make recommendations on to best leverage the CYPT at this point in time to support system-wide equity. Stay tuned for future consultation opportunities!


Trauma Informed Resources

Have you looked at the CYPT Continuous Professional Learning Committee’s Trauma-Informed Resources yet? If so, please take five minutes to fill out the short feedback survey!  Click here to fill out the survey


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Webinar: The Impact of One Caring Adult

Join us in our latest webinar as we learn about the power of validation and the impact one caring adult can play in a young person's life.


Description: This webinar provides a brief overview of validation as an instrument to build connections with youth, and the critical first step toward increasing effectiveness when working with youth. Likewise, spend time hearing from a young person about their lived experience and the power that caring adults can have on fostering resiliency.


Host: Dr. Chantal Regis and Dr. Michael Saxton


Date: September 27, 2023 12pm-1pm ET


Click here to register

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Free Life Plan Workshop

The 'Life Plan Workshop' will help you create an Awesome Ordinary Life where your loved one is;

... growing their capability and independence,

... building freely given (not paid) friendships 

... contributing and valued in the community,

... and living in a home that they can call their own.


If you want to secure your loved one's future and help them have an Awesome Ordinary Life, join us in the free 'Life Plan Workshop' and discover the 7-step system to build your loved one's life plan!


It all happens LIVE Online on October 17th @ 7 PM Eastern Time.


Click here to get the full details.


Click here to register


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Autism Mental Health Services Focus Group

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