Friday, June 14, 2013

JFCY is hiring!

Justice for Children and Youth is hiring a part time student intern who can design and develop small websites,  graphics for branding (facebook, instagram, pinterest), and online training material. Our ideal candidate will be an independent worker, with extraordinary communication skills and a clear understanding of various social media platforms.

Please provide resume and samples of your work to

Monday, June 10, 2013

Youth Action Documentary (2011)

Prior to entering law school, I completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Ryerson University.  My fourth year practicum requirement was fulfilled at Justice for Children and Youth, where a central part of my role involved facilitating the Youth Action Committee (YAC) from September 2010 to June 2011.

Composed of young people aged 13-17, YAC’s purpose is to provide space for youth to contribute their unique perspectives on legal issues that affect their lives.  Additionally, YAC is determined make positive contributions to its community by making the law increasingly accessible to Ontario’s youth. 

YAC’s 2010-2011 contribution was the creation of a documentary film.  The documentary considers the impact of the YAC program on participants during the 2010-2011 school year, with special attention paid to their perspectives.  The aim of the documentary is to highlight the benefit of creating space for young people to strategize how to contribute positively to their communities.  

The documentary is composed of four parts:

Part 1 describes the roles and involvement of the Youth Action Committee from 2010-2011. It provides viewers on opportunity to get to know the members.

Part 2 explores what "community" means to the members of the Youth Action Committee.

Part 3 & Part 4 allows viewers to fast forward and see the impact that participating in the Youth Action Committee had on the 2010-2011 members. To watch click here:
Epilogue 1 - Fiona Martyn
Epilogue 2 - Cindy Quan

This post was written by former JFCY intern Jenna Marie Persuad. To learn more about the Youth Action Meeting click here. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

“Your Right! It’s the Law!” Project Kicks Off


My name is Cecilia Alejo Rivas, and I will be coordinating the “Your Right! It’s the Law!” project at Justice for Children and Youth. Funded by the Law Foundation, this project will use social media to connect with youth and youth workers in Thunder Bay around the various legal issues facing youth in their community. The neat thing about this project, is that we will use the web as a creative platform to not only stay connected, but also as a tool to train our partners in Thunder Bay on youth legal rights!

I am very excited to be at Justice for Children and Youth, having over ten years of experience working with youth, I have always respected and admired the work done by JFCY. Before JFCY, I was a muralist, social worker, youth engagement worker, radio host and community activist. Through these roles, I have come to understand the power of social media and the internet, particularly as a tool of engagement, and have been using it since MySpace was cool. I am excited to see how this blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest will add to this project!