All children need a caring, capable, and committed web of parents, peers, and practitioners to not only help them to survive – but to thrive in an increasingly complex world.
Child Thrive seeks to foster a sense of belonging through creating meaningful relationships with peers, families, schools and communities.
Our programming offers them a unique opportunity to interact in a meaningful way, as well as offering a space for young people to express their perspectives on what they need to thrive. A strong web of partnerships, including children themselves, can help young people to strengthen their capacities to reach their full potential as capable, active citizens. This will, in the long term, contribute to building healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities. In short, when children thrive, communities thrive.
“We need to empower children to voice and understand their rights. Access the right people in order to help them thrive...we need to thrive ourselves.” –Child and Youth Practitioner, Victoria
"I learned that I need to have courage to use my rights with my friends, family and teachers." - Child, Victoria
Key strategies include:
- Creating environments for young people to meet, play and interact with a variety of people committed to their well-being
- Facilitating community education programming to improve awareness of child rights and responsibilities, including ways to strengthen practices based on issues and ideas identified by local young people
- Supporting leadership and learning opportunities for young people to express their ideas on what they need to thrive
- Advocating local networks to strengthen the cross-sectoral connections of organizations serving/engaging/advocating with and for children
Where possible, Child Thrive connects Victoria-based innovators (children, pracitioners, artists, teachers, etc.) with practitioners in communities across in Canada and internationally through virtual programming.
Learn about our programming to including school-based activities, intergenerational workshops and cross-sectoral forums. Watch Giggles, our Child Thrive puppet, in this show and tell video with the Representative for Children and Youth of British Columbia.
“I learned about the difference between what I ‘need’ to grow, and what I really just ‘want’. My favourite thing was the fishing game for rights and responsibilities.” – Child, 6 years old, Oaklands Elementary School
“Childhood is so different compared to when I grew up. I played endless games outside with friends where there was no adult supervision. After this workshop, I am inspired to bring a skipping rope to my daughter’s school to start changing the playground culture between kids and parents.” Parent, playmakers workshop