Community of Practice History

United Way Toronto discovered through its work with its membership agencies and community organizations, academic institutions and school boards, that there is strong interest for a Community of Practice for those working in the youth educational attainment sector. United Way Toronto plays an organizing and convening role in this dynamic initiative by creating a forum for those with a stake in youth educational attainment to learn, share effective practices, collaborate and ultimately strengthen programs. Operating since July 2008, the Community of Practice on Youth Educational Attainment Partnerships is already on its way to becoming a strong network of community-based partners with common interests in supporting youth to be successful in completing high school and accessing post-secondary training or education.

Here is a look at Community of Practice’s timeline, detailing its development:


  • Peer Learning Circles showing the possibilities of engaging youth in their educational pursuits: ACTforYouth, Bridge to Success Youth Engagement Workshop


  • Facilitated learning circles to create an opportunity for those working in the field of Youth Educational Attainment to identify common goals, share challenges and develop learning strategies on specific topic areas
  • Held the Community Forum 2010
  • Peer Learning Circles focusing on the CIMM Pilot Project and Parental Engagement


  • Community Forum 2009 built on the success and the momentum generated through the learning journeys. It engaged new members and helped them develop common objectives
  • Peer Learning Circles provided a forum for focused learning and knowledge exchange on developing effective partnerships, engaging parents and mentors, and integrating research and evaluation in practice
  • The 2009 Learning Circle focused on Pathways Regent Park, Centennial College’s Hype Program and the Jane and Finch Caring Village’s Promoting Excellence Program
  • Common Ground: A Collective Commitment to Youth Educational Attainment was a one-day learning and interactive symposium that set the stage for moving forward collectively to improve youth educational outcomes
  • Facilitated a learning circle to create an opportunity for those working in the field of youth educational attainment to identify common goals, share challenges, and develop learning strategies on specific topic areas


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