Case Study 2: Youth Leaders Set Goals
Youth Leadership Forum
On October 21, 2016, roughly 60 students (grades 7-12) and 20 adults from eight schools across the Tri-Counties participated in a youth leadership event in South Western Nova Scotia. The purpose of the Youth Leadership Forum was: 1) for youth to assess the strengths, challenges and opportunities in their schools, and to set goals and develop action plans for moving forward; 2) to provide opportunities in schools to develop action plans that could help them join the Health Promoting Schools program, thus filling an upcoming youth service gap.
The funding for Youth Truth Matters (YTM) – which played a significant role in building youth leadership across the Tri-Counties – was coming to an end. Therefore, it was a priority for the Forum to help young people and adults build skills around youth leadership and engagement, and to generate ideas on how to fill the leadership gap in their schools. The event provided a transition step for schools who relied on YTM programming. The action plans developed in this event are helping the participating schools to receive support from the Tri-County Health Promoting Schools to put their plans into action.