The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative is made up of key players with representation from children and family services and sectors, who all agree to share responsibility, resources, and accountability.
The Initiative strives to achieve shared goals that no single entity can accomplish on its own, including in policy, system and, practice changes.
Membership to the OCYI network is open to all those that agree with our mandate and strategic priorities. Members of the Steering Committee and task groups are individuals and representatives from community organizations and networks who work with children, youth and their families and share the vision, mission and values of the OCYI.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Active and regular participation by member organizations is essential for the success of the collective work of OCYI.
Steering Committee Purpose
The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative Steering Committee’s purpose is to provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction to the overall work of the collaborative.
Steering Committee Objective
The OCYI Steering Committee works as a collective for organizations supporting the infants, children, and youth in Ottawa. Building upon resources and capacities that exist in our community as well as identifying how gaps can be filled to best respond to the ever-changing and ever-growing needs are a primary objective of the Steering Committee.
Task Groups Purpose
The OCYI Task Groups’ purpose is to lead and carry out the work of OCYI in alignment with OCYI’s overall vision and strategic direction, with an emphasis on a more specific focus of supporting children and youth.
Task Groups Objective
The OCYI Task Groups work as a collective for organizations supporting the children, youth and their families in Ottawa. Building upon resources and capacities that exist in our community as well as identifying how gaps can be filled to best respond to the ever-changing and ever-growing needs are a shared objective of each task group. Each individual task group has a specific objective for their specific focus.
OCYI is currently comprised of 5 Task Groups:
The IECMH Education and Awareness Task Group was developed to raise awareness about the importance of and to promote and protect infant and early childhood mental health.
The Early Childhood Development Task Group aims to support all young children (0-6 yrs) and their families through a collective community approach
The Critical Hours Task Group aspires to support critical hours programs and homework clubs to foster academic, social and emotional outcomes for children and youth.
The Ottawa Collaborative for Parenting Support Task Group is a community of partners working together to build resilient families that can support their children’s healthy development, feel empowered, and are able to cope with the ups and downs of everyday living.
The Research and Evaluation Task Group supports the work of the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative and its sub-committees, and ensure appropriate methods are used for quality research, evaluation and surveillance.
The role of the project manager is to perform secretariat duties including securing approval of deliverables from the OCYI Steering Committee as well as organize and manage OCYI activities. The project manager also coordinates meetings, resources and information. To contact the project manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Communication Specialist is responsible for creating communications content on behalf of OCYI. Including but not limited to reports, press releases, social media posts and website content. The OCYI Communications Specialist position is a part-time position funded by CHEO.