As the Fresh Voices initiative evolves, the Youth Advisory Team (YAT) and staff decided to reflect on their past and engage in an evaluation process. The evaluation included individual conversations and interviews with community partners and team members, a focus group within the core YAT, and survey responses from participants in Fresh Voices Forums.
The information collected came together in a report, prepared by Tasha Nijjar, that will help Fresh Voices build on its success and develop in new ways, whether in the community at large or through legacy learning pieces that inform Vancouver Foundation’s youth engagement work in different areas.
The response from YAT members has been overwhelmingly positive, noting how the report serves as a tool of engagement, a guide to improvement, and a reflection of Fresh Voices’ impact:
“It looks really good and I am happy that there are lots of different opinions conveyed on the report.”
“I can’t wait to use it and the more I read it the more I know that we need to revisit it. I feel excited about the opportunities and potential.”
“This is a good tool to improve our work. A lot of the stats are very reflective of all the work and it is nice to have more insights that we can use when we give presentations about our work and our model.”
“It is very amazing to see that our work is having an impact and the importance of the perception of what other people have of us is helpful. Something funny is that policy makers want our recommendations to be positive. It is important to look at our strengths and areas of improvement to be able to survive.”
10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.