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Stepping Up – Ministry of Children and Youth Services

by Marion on August 1st, 2014

Ontario releasing a strategic framework to help Ontario’s youth succeed

I am very pleased to announce that the Government of Ontario has released Stepping Up – A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed . It is a first-of-its kind roadmap for Ontario that will help our government and partners step up to do more to help young people. After all, we all share the same goal – for our youth to be safe, healthy and happy; to succeed in school and to have the opportunities they need to grow into responsible, contributing adults.

Stepping Up strengthens our government’s commitment to young people, identifies our priorities and will guide our decision-making. The development of Stepping Up is an excellent example of the benefits of collaboration. It builds on past consultations with youth and partners through the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence, Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development, and Ontario’s Youth Action Plan. It also reflects input from 18 provincial ministries, the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities, Dr. Alvin Curling, my Strategic Advisor on Youth Opportunities and co-author of the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report, and partners in the youth-serving sector, including young people themselves.

Stepping Up is also a call for co-operation and action in all our communities. It is a call for all of us to come together and work towards the success of our young people, who are at the centre of this framework. Stepping Up identifies 20 evidence-based outcomes and related indicators across seven themes that are important to Ontario’s youth. To keep our focus on enhancing the well-being of our young people, we will track these outcomes and indicators every year and we will report annually on our collective progress.

Together, we can ensure young people in our province get the support and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. The future of our province depends on it.

You can read the framework at questions about Stepping Up can be directed to

Teresa Piruzza
Minister of Children and Youth Services

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