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.
Key findings that emerged during the evaluation process include:
-The importance of strong youth voices
-A desire for continued and expanded youth leadership and training opportunities
-Leadership and a valued perspective on issues facing immigrant and refugee communities
-Focus on education
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.