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Model Program > Center of Excellence for Youth Engagement

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Summary    one paragraph description 

The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement (CEYE or The Centre) in Canada aided in some of the most significant education policy changes ever implemented.  The Centre is specifically designed to unite academic researchers, policy makers, and other adult organizations with youth organizations and youth individuals.  Uniting these organizations all as allies to the children in its Youth Table, the Centre effectively implemented youth-based policy.  The SchoolPLUS initiative out of Saskatchewan Province is a province-wide policy that demands progressive, systemic change to the education system in Canada.  It is a program that “that promotes learning success and well-being for every child and young person.”[1]  The highlights of the program are its Policy for Schools wheel.  First, the policy demands a “caring and respectful school environment.”  The policy defines such environments as schools that are equal, culturally respectful, open, and welcoming.  Next, the policy demands “responsible curriculum and instruction” or, simply put in youth terms, good teachers. also requires effective assessment for learning and deemphasizes standardized testing that put students at a disadvantage and ignore many facets of actual education.  Finally, the policy requires “development of the whole child and youth.”  This policy increases social workers, healthy foods, leadership skills, and healthcare to all students in the education system.[2] 

[1] Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Province: http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/SchoolPLUS

[2] Information from this paragraph was collected from engagementcentre.ca (CEYE’s official website) and education.gov.sk.ca/SchoolPLUS (SchoolPLUS’ official website).




Goal    short description of the policy or program goal  

The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement is dedicated to involving youth in a process of determining the most successful and effective ways of engaging youth in social change.  The Centre seeks to align with a significant number of exterior and adult organizations and universities in order to both support and study the student engagement process.



Cost    total policy or program cost; also include per person cost if available 

  • Not Available 



Implementation    describe how the policy or program is implemented (esp. who, how) 

  • The Centre was implemented out of funding the Public Health Agency of Canada.  It unites with multiple government organizations and is teamed with the University of Saskatchewan. 



Evaluation    summarize any evaluation findings that policy or program effectiveness

  • This program is highly effective in implementing policy change with youth voices as the foundation of that policy.  The SchoolPLUS initiative has been hailed as extremely promising, but since it is only a few years old and midway through its implementation process, any reasonable evaluation cannot be conducted at this time. 



Status    indicate whether this policy or program has been adopted in more locations or remains a proposal 

  • This policy is currently being implemented. 



Contact     contact information for sponsor of this policy or program 

    • Center of Excellence for Youth Engagement

              23 Isabella Street

              Toronto, ON Canada

              M4Y 1M7 



Bibliography    link to any additional readings or websites related to this policy or program 



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