Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change team made its way to North Vancouver on May 21 for the third of five Community Conversations. Designed to get communities talking and learning from each other, this session drew close to 35 participants from the region to the John Braithwaite Community Centre.
Connections and proximity
By using our asset mapping process, we identified many community supports that already exist for young people in the area. We also explored the difference in knowledge and community connections between practitioners who live in the area, compared with those that commute to the region for work.
The theme of proximity was also identified for young people, for whom transportation and physical spaces to meet are an issue in the North Vancouver area.
Transportation and physical spaces to meet each other are a real issue for youth people in the North Vancouver area
Shifting the language
Participants told us that the language we use matters. We heard that young people are sensitive to labels, and we need to find new ways to talk about the issues that matter.
There needs to be a shift in the language that we use – young people don’t choose the label “foster youth"
Our participants brought enthusiasm, vision and smart ideas to the table. This energy sets us up nicely as we need to gear up for our next Community Conversation in Abbotsford.
We are also very grateful for the support of our Community Conversation partners including BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks, McCreary Centre Society, FirstCall BC and the Public Guardian and Trustee.
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