“Sanctuary City” means a healthier Toronto for everyone

By David Leacock, Policy and Research Intern at the Wellesley Institute Yesterday Toronto City Council took an important step toward improving access to the city for undocumented workers. The motion, approved by an overwhelming majority 37-3, affirmed a recommendation from the Community Development and Recreation …

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Youth, social policy, and health: making the connections

Currently, when a Crown ward turns 21, they are no longer eligible for provincial assistance through the Children’s Aid Society. Caseworkers are faced with few options other than referring their young clients to shelters and the social assistance system for continued support. A new report …

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Youth Voices: Linking New Technologies With Participatory Action Research

Principal Organization: University of Toronto Partner Organization: York University, Toronto Public Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Beat the Street and Regent Park Focus Principal Investigator: Harvey Skinner, PhD Youth Voices is an initiative if Teen Net project, based in the Department of Public Health Sciences …

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Youth graduates of UforChange get cheers from enthusiastic audience

About 200 enthusiastic fans crowded into the Isabel Bader Theatre on May 15 for the VivaCity talent showcase. The showcase featured the talents of the almost 50 youth who have graduated as the first cohort of UforChange, an arts-based youth training and employment initiative of …

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Youth Engagement in a Digital Age

The St. James Town Initiative was invited to present at the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres’ Youth Workers Forum: Youth Engagement in a Digital Age.  Research assistant Estelle Sun presented on behalf of the St. James Town Initiative and Wellesley Institute. Estelle discussed our experience with using …

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World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS is above all else shaped by the social determinants of health.  Incidence — and inequitable access to vital treatment and support services — is worse among Aboriginal people, women, racialized communities, IV drug users and other poor and marginalized communities, and in poorer countries.   But …

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Working Together: The Paloma-Wellesley Guide To Participatory Program Evaluation

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The need for rigorous program evaluation in the non-profit sector continues to grow as agencies and service providers strive to meet the needs of accountability to funders and clients about effective use of resources and improving program excellence and outcomes. Participatory Program Evaluation (PPE) is …

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Working together: Is it working out for non-profit groups?

Collaboration – everyone’s talking about it, but does working together really help non-profit agencies operate more effectively and efficiently; and, even more importantly, does it lead to better services for clients? The Wellesley Institute, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary of advancing urban health, is …

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