Youth Engagement Sustainability Toolkit


Download Toolkit here

The toolkit was produced through the contribution and shared knowledge of a Community of Practice that took place between February – June 2020  composed of 6 organizational leaders across Canada. The purpose of the toolkit is to share the results, concrete reflections, and practical tools with our communities.


This Youth Engagement Sustainability (YES) toolkit aims to do the following:

  • Provide a starting point to explore challenges and best practices for implementing meaningful youth engagement
  • Include key learnings and critical insights of youth engagement offered by the Community of Practice members
  • Explore timely issues including navigating financial stress, the impacts of COVID-19 on youth engagement, and Inclusivity and Youth Empowerment
  • Highlight how a youth engagement approach interacts both horizontally within/across our communities and vertically as they relate to other systems of power
  • Offer practical examples and strategies of how to fill in the gap between theory and practice within an organization context



Recordings and presentations

Here you will find our latest webinars and resources. 

  • Promising practices and advocacy efforts during the pandemic | Tuesday 19 May 2020

Click here for the general webinar presentation

Click here for FCJ presentation

Click here for the webinar recording

Click here to access the Fact Sheet on Impacts on newcomer and refugee youth

  • Impact of Social Isolation on Immigrant and Refugee Youth | Thursday 9 April 2020

Click here for the webinar presentation

Click here for the webinar recording


If you have any questions about the webinars, please contact


Workshop Ideas


Speaking Rights

Time to put your ideas into action! How can you lead change in your community? You’ll find organizational support for youth-led Community Action Projects. Equitas has also created resources for you to try activities at home, particularly taking into account the current social distancing measures.


Kids up Front Edmonton

Ideas of online activities to try at home put together by the Kids up Front Edmonton.


Know your Rights Covid-19 


Given the shifting in policies due to Covi-19 and social  isolation measures, Equitas has looked into different resources  that can help youth understand their rights under the current circumstances. Please note that a lot of the measures change all the time, to ensure you know your rights refer to local organizations and resources. CCR members in your area can be   a great resource click here for a complete list


British Columbia Civil Liberties Association – Your Rights in a Pandemic

Fact sheets with information about your righs during the Covid-19 Pandemic:


Ending Violence Association of Canada:  

Information and resources about gender based violence.


Mental Health

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre

The MMHRC seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including immigrants, refugees, and members of established ethnocultural communities.

A hub of resources to help you take care of yourself and look out for the people you love during this challenging time.


Centre d'expertise sur le bien-être et l'etat de santé physique des réfugiés et des demandeurs d'asile (CERDA)

Useful information about Covid- 19 and mental health in  multiple languages.


Local Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Find your  local Canadian mental health association here  or call 1-833-456-4566

See their resource sheet here


 Phone lines


Kids Help Phone:  + 800 668 6868

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Crisis Services Canada:+ 833 456 4566 / text 45645

Crisis Services Canada (CSC) evolved out of the Canadian Distress Line Network (CDLN) – a national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services.

Youthspace Canada:

Text: 778-783-0177 is an online crisis & emotional support chat. We listen without judgement, and keep chats confidential & anonymous.


The First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline: + 855 242 3310

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Call toll free or use the chat box on their website to connect with a counsellor online