Anti-Racism Directorate Youth Engagement Session

A policy innovation engagement between the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Anti-Racism Directorate
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Anti-Racism Directorate Youth Engagement Session

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This report shares insights from developing and hosting a policy innovation engagement. During this event, the Anti-Racism Directorate and BII+E looked to co-develop a foundational narrative for a public awareness campaign on systemic racism; engage community partners and build relationships; and ensure participants left with a clearer sense of how racism affects a number of different communities.

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Key findings from the report:

  • Focus on empowerment: The framing of future initiatives should emphasize empowerment. This framing will minimize the possibility of reinforcing stereotypes and stories of trauma. Furthermore, future initiatives should consider building in dedicated time for youth to challenge the ARD on the desired outcomes and better understand ‘what is in it for them.’ Providing an opportunity to engage in open dialogue with the ARD team about goals and objectives will strengthen outcomes and build trust and transparency between the ARD and local communities.
  • Provide Youth with a Platform: The Speaker’s Corner generated significant interest from participants. Youth were encouraged by the ability to share their perspectives and experiences beyond the single engagement session. Future initiatives should acknowledge and give youth a platform to seek action through discourse and political dialogue.
  • Apply Human-Centered Design: The ability to apply human-centered research processes and collect rich qualitative data helped to inform ARD decision making with respect to public education initiatives and also enabled a continued relationship with the youth for other ARD initiatives (e.g. ARD Conference, Social Media Influencer Campaign, AntiRacism Subcommittees). The methodology should also be considered when engaging youth more broadly.

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