The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative is a collaborative of over 80 community organizations and agencies with a shared vision, mission and values.
Ensuring all children and youth in Ottawa can reach their full potential and grow up great!
Recognizing the power of collective advocacy and collaborative community efforts and planning, OCYI provides a platform for groups to work together to guide and influence practices, systems and public policy, aimed at nourishing the positive, healthy growth of children and youth in our community.
Increase awareness, access, and alignment of mental health, substance use health, appropriate use of technology, and gambling resources in each Ottawa neighbourhood to achieve equitable, diverse, and inclusive support for infants, children, youth, and their families.
Learn more about OCYI's Strategic Direction here, including our strategic priorities and task groups.
OCYI is grounded in the Framework to Promote the Healthy Development of Children and Youth, which illustrates that families, schools, neighbourhoods, community and governments all have a role to play in enabling children and youth to achieve their optimal development.
Healthy physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual development includes:
The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative builds on a long history of coalitions promoting the healthy development of children and youth in Ottawa.
Bringing together early years (0-6 years), school-aged (6-12 years) and youth (12 years and over) coalitions and organizations, the Initiative works across the age spans and sectors to achieve collective goals and impact.
1999: Success by Six is Launched
2002: Middle Childhood Matters
2007: Child and Youth Agenda
2004-2008: Popcorn Group/Youth Count
2009: Ottawa Coalition for Children and Youth Formed
2011: Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative Launched
2019: Partner of the Kids Comes First Health Team
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