Blog Monthly Archives:: May 2018

Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-Being in the Middle Years (August 20th to 21st)

How are our children doing right now and how is this changing over time? The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) tells us so much, but what else is there to learn? Who can we learn it from? How can we be more effective in our goals of enhancing children’s social-emotional well-being?

If you find yourself asking the above questions, then check out Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-Being in the Middle Years, taking place from August 20th to 21st at the University of British Columbia by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP).

This symposium is designed to inspire, motivate and strengthen leadership skills by focusing on child well-being through a systems-thinking lens. Join individuals in the field of child well-being from across Canada as they gather together to share research and practice, to learn from each other, and to generate new ideas. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance your effectiveness as a champion for child well-being and to network with colleagues from across Canada. Register for the symposium no later than May 31st to be able to receive the special early-bird rate!

Find out more about Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-Being in the Middle Years here.

Celebrating BC Youth Week at School

Mark Your Calendars: May 1st to 7th is BC Youth Week!

BC Youth Week has been held annually in the first week of May since 1995 and commemorates the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth in BC1. During this weeklong provincial event, youth from across the province will be encouraged to participate in various activities and events that honour and celebrate their many contributions to their communities1.

Taking part in BC Youth Week at your classroom or school will create opportunities both within the school community and the wider community for students to be heard, recognized, and celebrated1; build a strong connection between youth and the school community and the wider community1; allow students to collaborate with each other and support one another1; and promote partnerships between youth, adults, businesses, governments, schools, and the media1.

Research has shown that when youth are celebrated by their communities, there are many positive outcomes; benefits can include greater protective mechanisms, increased self-esteem, better coping behaviours, and the ability to take part in more positive relationships at school, at home, and in the community2. Additionally, taking part in BC Youth Week can also help youth to become catalysts for change who play active roles in the ways that their communities are shaped3,4.

Follow BC Youth Week on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Instagram and find a list of BC Youth Week events happening across BC here. You can also visit the BC Youth Week website or check out the BC Youth Week Media Guide for further information.

How are you planning on celebrating BC Youth Week in your classroom or school? Let us know in the comments section down below!

1 BC Youth Week (n.d.). About. Retrieved from:

2 Okeke-Adeyanju, N. et al. (2014). Celebrating the strengths of black youth: increasing self-esteem and implications for prevention. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(5), 357-369.

3 Veeran, V. (2004). Working with street children: a child-centred approach. Child Care in Practice, 10(4), 359-366.

Tiven, L. (2002, July). Peer leadership: helping youth become change agents in their schools and communities. Retrieved from: