Youth Engagement Research

According to our local youth-led research, 1 in 4 local youth don't feel welcome or safe in youth spaces.  

In 2010, KWIC and Seeds for Justice supported a research project titled "Why Youth (Don't) Get Involved" (R. Edge, J. Reid, 2010). The research, conducted through questionnaires and focus groups with local high school students, showed that for many youth, it was not necessarily an act of not wanting to participate, but more not being able to participate or not knowing how to participate. Most significantly, 25% of the respondents indicated that they had not attended a community or school event/program because they did not feel welcome.

Building on the foundation of the “Why Youth (Don’t) Get Involved” the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), in partnership with Fleming College, set out in 2014 to identify local barriers to diverse youth participation in the Peterborough area. 

Most recently, on Friday October 30, 2015 KWIC & Seeds for Justice held a Community Summit as a way to lead a participatory community conversation to share this research, to hear directly from the lived experience of youth speakers, and to strategize for active solutions using the collective knowledge and best practises participants will bring to this event. More than 60 youth and adults attended, representing more than 30 different agencies. We'll be sharing the notes that came out of this Summit as they can further contribute to the research gathered and presented in our report.

Below are some photos from the Community Summit!