Unique Workshops Teach Professionals to Listen and Learn from Youth on the Margins

Posted on Friday November 29, 2013

On Monday, December 2, graduating students in Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program and local professionals will have a unique opportunity to role play with actors-trainers who portray marginalized youth through Connect to Youth, which is a well-regarded program that is relied upon by professionals and students in the Greater Toronto area. This will be the first time that the Connect to Youth (C2Y) workshops will be delivered in the north.

“What makes this workshop so powerful is that as children and youth, each of the actor-trainers had exposure to the social services system and were marginalized in some way,” said Kerry Boileau, C2Y program coordinator. “Now, as young adults, C2Y trainers are teaching others to listen and learn from marginalized children and youth in the social service system.  Through planned and improvised role-playing and sketches, our program helps professionals understand youth and earn their trust.”

The C2Y workshops at Cambrian will highlight the experiences of youth who have been marginalized through homelessness, poverty, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, among other issues. The aim is to assist professionals who work within various social services sectors such as mental health, corrections, education, and the child welfare system. Graduates of Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program work in many of these areas.

“We are pleased to bring C2Y to our campus because the experience will leave our students extremely well-prepared for their upcoming placements and careers,” said professor Maureen Keaney-O’Brien.  “We have also invited some of our key community partners to take advantage of this professional development opportunity.”

The Connect to Youth workshop was made possible with support from Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, SKETCH Working Arts, and Cambrian’s School of Justice and Community Services.

“Learning through books and lectures is important, but to hear first-hand the wisdom of people on the margins that stems from their lived experience can be transformative,” said Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. “I know full well the hope and power of these graduating students. We want to connect them to the equal wisdom and power of the youth they will serve one day. I have faith that it will make a difference in the lives of all concerned.”

Cambrian College’s nationally-accredited two-year advanced diploma Child and Youth Worker program prepares graduates to enter the workforce and offers them the opportunity to obtain advanced standing in professional degree programs in related fields of study.



Lynn Bulloch
Communications Officer
Cambrian College
(705) 566-8101, extension 6375

Kerry Boileau
Program Coordinator/Connect to Youth
SKETCH Working Arts
(416) 516 1559 x22

Fiona Taylor
Media Officer
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
(416) 420-7728


Bell Let’s Talk Supports Mental Health Training

Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2013
Cambrian College Interim President, Sonia Del Missier; Bell Regional Sales Manager, Tricia Hartley; Cambrian College Interim Vice President, Academic, Jean Brown; and Bell Corporate Affairs Manager, Norma Hughes gather to announce Bell's support for Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training for Cambrian staff.

SUDBURY — Cambrian College today announced that it is the recipient of an $11,500 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. The grant will support training for four members of Cambrian College’s faculty and …

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