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Community Based Research in Action: The Refugee Youth Health Project Launch

Toronto, Ontario
April 16, 2010

2:00-6:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue

The Refugee Youth Health Project is a youth-led community-based research project investigating key social determinants of mental health for Toronto-based Sudanese, Afghan and Karen refugee youth.

This knowledge exchange event will involve

  • Panel discussions
  • Theatre Performance
  • Video Screening

Currently in the final stages of data analysis, this innovative project has been led by a collaborative research team of ethno-specific community partners, academics and refugee youth. Refugee youth peer researchers have carried out age, gender and language specific focus groups investigating the changes in roles and responsibilities faced by refugee youth within five years of migration in context of their families and communities, how they respond, and what help and supports they want and need.

Emerging findings indicate newly arrived refugee youth experience intensification and broadening of the types of responsibilities they take on, at a time of weakened social support and multiple intersecting familial, financial, educational, and linguistic challenges and changes. It also highlights the profound resiliency and agency of refugee youth in adapting to these varied shifts in diverse ways, and the need for holistic services and supports to identify and maintain social networks, work and housing, language learning, establishing status, and education.

This is a free event and all are invited to attend.

Please register for the event by sending an email to Martha Beltran [email protected]

For more information, please visit http://accessalliance.ca/research/activities/refugeeyouthhealth.

[Source: OWHL-L, http://www.owhn.on.ca]