The Black Youth Resilience Project (BYRP) is a three-year, community-based youth research project led by REVIVE, with partnership support from East Metro Youth Services, Toronto’s Lead Agency for children and youth mental health. The BYRP is funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Youth Opportunities Fund.
With a focus on Toronto, the goal of the BYRP is to learn from Black youth and other key stakeholders to develop new service models that more effectively serve Black youth who face multiple barriers, while increasing their community engagement and leadership skills. The key deliverable of this project will be a service delivery framework that is intended to assist the youth service sector in improving service delivery to Black youth facing multiple barriers.
Purpose of the BYRP
Using a co-development approach, the BYRP will engage Black youth as leaders in a community-based research project that aims to achieve the following:
- Improve their civic and broader engagement with their communities
- Improve the youth-serving sector’s delivery of services to Black youth facing multiple barriers through the development of a BYRP-informed service delivery framework (SDF); and
- Ultimately, help build the resilience of Black youth in the face of social and economic barriers.
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