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Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development

by Marion on January 25th, 2013

A message and significant resource from the Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, The Honourable Eric Hoskins.


June 13, 2012


Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development

Dear Partner:

I am pleased to share with you Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development which combines the most recent research on youth development with the voices of Ontario’s youth.

Stepping Stones is the result of an incredible amount of thoughtful and collaborative work by researchers, community organizations and most importantly, young people. It emerged from a recommendation in the report on the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence, authored by Roy McMurtry and Alvin Curling, to develop an evidence-based policy resource that we can all use to improve the services we provide for youth. Its development has been guided and shaped by voices of youth across the province and partners across the youth-serving sector. I want to thank everyone who contributed to this resource for their time and hard work.

Our government believes that the success and resilience of our youth is vital to building a strong and prosperous province. Stepping Stones is another step towards achieving that goal.

Stepping Stones will help those who support youth – governments, families, teachers and youth-serving organizations – better understand how young people develop. It will help inform the work we do finding new and innovative ways of supporting youth.

I sincerely appreciate the efforts of those who contributed to this project and commend the tireless contributions of the many individuals and organizations who work every day to provide Ontario’s young people with opportunities to grow and develop.

As you begin to incorporate Stepping Stones in your own work, I encourage you to share it with anyone who supports youth and adapt the information the resource contains to suit local needs and purposes.

I also encourage you to share any comments and thoughts you may have about the resource at Your insights will assist us in our ongoing efforts to help youth realize their maximum potential.

Yours truly,

[Original signed by]

Dr. Eric Hoskins


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