So what is Youth Champions? This initiative is a group of youth and young adults who are passionate about spreading the word of young carers. As you might already know, it is estimated that approximately 12% of Canadian children and youth are young carers (Charles, Marshall, and Stainton, 2010). With such a significant portion of the population identifying as young carers, the Youth Champions initiative aims to be a key force in raising awareness of young carers and advocating for the needs of this population. As a sub-committee of the Young Carers Program at Hospice Toronto, this initiative recognizes the invisibility of young carers in our society and also recognizes the need to raise awareness of this population, in order to advocate for the growth of supports and services for young carers.
Youth Champions is comprised of dedicated and passionate youth and young adults who want to raise awareness about young carers and also gain valuable skills. Some of our Youth Champions have had the experience of being young carers themselves, and some of them are just passionate about this issue! Members of this initiative get valuable experience in raising awareness and gaining skills in social media, public speaking, and outreach efforts.
If you are a youth or young adult and think Youth Champions sounds awesome, we are in the process of recruiting new members! We are looking for individuals who are passionate about raising awareness of young carers and either have or are looking to develop skills in social media (primarily blogging), public speaking, and other outreach efforts. If you would like to get involved with Youth Champions, contact Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Annie (email@example.com) for more information!
Finally, we want YOU to contribute to this blog, as the Youth Champions blog is “for young carers, by young carers!” If you are a young carer and/or a YCP member and would like to contribute to this blog, please contact Katie or Annie to find out how (e-mails in paragraph above). We are looking for the following content:
· Young Carer profiles
· Creative writing – essays, poems etc.
· Art work – drawings, paintings, photo essays etc.
· Performance art – songs, dancing, acting etc.
· More! If you have an idea, let us know!
Charles, G., Marshall, S. & Stainton, T. (2010). Demographics Profiles and Initial Results from the British Columbia Young Carers Study, Relational Child and Youth Care Practice,23(4), 64-67.