The work of the CYPT is focused predominately in the area of Belonging for Children and Youth (which includes Equity, Attachment/ Relationships and Children and Youth Feeling Valued, Heard and Included). To read more about how the CYPT landed on belonging as a focus area for our collective impact work, please read Building a Case for Child and Youth Belonging: Insights from the Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region. This is a comprehensive document that will continue to evolve as our collective understanding of belonging evolves.
UNICEF Canada defines belonging as “feeling loved and supported and having mutually caring and respectful relationships”. This love and support can come from many sources including friends, family, teachers, pets, and people in the community. Locally, when we think about belonging for children and youth, we recognize the importance of equity, relationships and attachment, and feeling valued, heard and included.
A conversation about Belonging with Kim DeGasperis from the Waterloo Catholic
District School Board and Alison Pearson from the CYPT Backbone Team.
CYPT Voting Member, Tammy Webster, on belonging.