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The Relentless Pursuit of Better Youth Outcomes

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Reimagining Youth Work in a COVID-19 Era

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How has COVID-19 affected how youth programs are supporting and working with young people?

How are youth programs physically distancing while ensuring social connectedness for youth?

How are the needs of youth, families, and communities changing as a result of the pandemic?

What challenges and opportunities exist for the youth sector?

Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX) is excited to launch an interactive conversation series on how the Ontario youth sector is adapting to shifting contexts as a result of COVID-19.

When the pandemic hit, youth programs did not just pack up but continued their relentless search for ways to keep supporting better outcomes for Ontario’s youth!

Our new Conversation Series is co-hosted by Kathe Rogers, YouthREX's Knowledge Exchange Manager, and Cyril Cromwell, YouthREX's Learning and Development Manager.

We will feature different youth programs and advocates to explore how they are pivoting their approaches to youth engagement, programming, and advocacy; the issues that are emerging as priorities in their work; the lessons they are learning (and unlearning); and ways they are adapting in real time during this unprecedented period.

Join us to learn and share your own experiences with your peers!

Register and you will receive a Zoom link to attend.




Featuring Richard Marsella, Executive Director, and Vanessa Chase, Program Manager, Jane Finch, from the Regent Park School of Music.

Regent Park School of Music is a community music school in Toronto that gives 1,000 kids a year a rich and rewarding music education by removing the financial obstacle. For over 20 years, they have seen that the study of music allows young people to flourish creatively, personally, and academically, enriching their lives and future prospects. Follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Join this conversation to hear how Regent Park School of Music is offering the benefits of a community music program online, and how approaches to music education change when students and teachers are unable to meet in person.


Stay tuned for more dates with more guests, and watch past conversations in this series on YouthREX's Knowledge Hub.


A few notes to help us ensure an engaging event:

1. Join the event a few minutes early to troubleshoot any technical issues.

2. Remember that all attendees will arrive on mute and off video. Please note that this conversation will be recorded.

3. Share your name and organization with other attendees in the Chat box when you arrive. Connect and network!

4. Bring your questions! This will be an interactive conversation and there will be time to respond to questions that are raised by attendees in the Chat box.

Got questions? Please contact Kathe Rogers at

We look forward to connecting with you!


Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX) is a province-wide initiative based at the School of Social Work at York University. Our Mission is to make research evidence and evaluation practices accessible and relevant to Ontario’s grassroots youth sector through capacity building, knowledge exchange, and evaluation leadership. Our Vision is an Ontario where shared knowledge is transformed into a positive impact for all youth.

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