The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has created Walking the Talk: A toolkit for engaging youth in mental health: http://www.yetoolkit.ca/content/definition.
The toolkit is based on a positive youth development model and includes good information on:
- What is youth engagement?
- What are its guiding principles?
- What are its core components?
There are links to other resources, such as Mind Your Mind, a website designed to work with young people to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience: https://mindyourmind.ca/.
There is great information here to build the case for using a positive youth development approach to achieve mental health as well as positive outcomes in recreation, education, employment and youth-related programs. It also provides information that support the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/professionals/steppingup/in...