The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative- Growing Up Great is a collaborative of over 80 community organizations and agencies with a shared commitment to ensuring that all children and youth in Ottawa have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Recognizing the power of a collective advocacy and collaborative community planning and efforts, the Initiative provides a platform for groups to work together to guide and influence public policy, systems and practices aimed at nourishing the positive, healthy growth of children and youth in our community.
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Members of the OCYI value:
Growing Up Great 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- Growing Up Great 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