It Matters to Me: Informing Youth Services Delivery

IT MATTERS TO ME: INFORMING YOUTH SERVICES DELIVERY 9 Operations; and (c) two youth, one with government care experience and one with mental health lived experience. The purpose of this table was to develop a strategy that would welcome at least one Foundry site for Surrey. My engaged inquiry question was: How might OCS support youth allies in informing the vision of a youth integrated services hub for Surrey, BC? The subquestions were guided by Beckhard and Harris’s (2009) states of change that explored the current state, ideal state, and possible steps to creating change in the area of improving experiences for young people. My sub questions were: 1. What are the current conditions for youth accessing health services in Surrey? 2. How might a Surrey YISH improve young people’s accessibility to services? 3. What role might allies take to support a SYISH? This ELP was focused on bringing youth allies together to inform the design of a Surrey YISH. I strongly feel that the findings in this project have contributed to a systemic shift movement on how young people, ages 12–24, access health services in Surrey. The hope was that this shift in service delivery would lead to better outcomes for young people, especially those with government care experience. Systems Analysis I currently manage the Youth Services department for my agency, and the youth teams I oversee offer key services to support youth and young adults in Surrey. Last fiscal, we provided approximately 100 youth with Youth Transitioning services (i.e., preparing youth for adulthood), 128 young people with youth justice support, 11 youth with subsidized housing, 38 young people with Life Skills services, and 1,100 children in our in-school and out-of-school prevention programming. We offer “GenWhy?” a youth TV program produced by youth and aired on Shaw

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