23July2014

The CYCC Network

The CYCC Network

 

The CYCC Network is a knowledge mobilization network that was created to improve mental health and well-being for vulnerable and at-risk children and youth in Canada. It promotes the use of research, best and promising practices, and local knowledge in mental health programming for vulnerable and at-risk young people.

 

The CYCC Network is funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence and involves a growing number of members from community based organizations, healthcare, and government, as well as researchers from universities across Canada and internationally.

Founding Pillars

Founding Pillars

The CYCC Network was built on the success of its three "pillars": the Resilience Research Centre, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, and the Centre for Research on Family Health.

 

Resilience Research Centre

The Resilience Research Centre (RRC) brings together leaders in the field of resilience research from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Our partners across six continents employ methodologically diverse approaches to the study of how children, youth, and families cope with many different kinds of adversity. The RRC’s focus is the study of the social and physical ecologies that make resilience more likely to occur. The research we do is looking beyond individual factors to aspects of a young person’s family, neighbourhood, wider community, school, culture, and the political and economic forces that exert an influence on a child’s development in challenging contexts. To learn more about the RRC, visit their website at www.resilienceresearch.org

 

Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (Child Soldiers Initiative)

The Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS) is an integral part of the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. It is concerned with teaching, research, publishing, policy advising, and other professional activities in the fields of Canadian and American foreign, security and defence policy, maritime security policy, and human security and global development studies. The Centre organizes a seminar series each year, hosts visiting speakers, holds conferences and workshops, and has its own publication series. The Centre also offers a crisis management simulation and an integrated maritime enforcement exercise in addition to links for other centre's of learning, government departments and organizations. To learn more about the CFPS, visit their website at http://centreforforeignpolicystudies.dal.ca/

 

Centre for Research on Family Health

The Centre for Research in Family Health (CRFH) focuses on psychosocial research in mental health, physical health, and family well-being. The CRFH provides services on evidence-based interventions that have been designed by the Centre. A multidisciplinary group is involved in both clinical and epidemiological research including child and family health and health services. The CRFH has outstanding expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodology, as well as distance and web based interventions. To learn more about the CRFH, visit their website at http://www.crfh.ca/

 

Vision

Vision

The overarching vision of the CYCC Network is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth in challenging contexts.

  •  We will address the mental health needs of children and youth through promoting wellbeing and mitigating risk by synthesizing practice-based evidence, evidence-based practice knowledge, and local knowledge.
  •  We will mobilize knowledge gained by both Network members in ways that are tailored to the needs of our Network member communities (including youth, policy makers, service providers and practitioners, researchers and advocates).
  •  We will combine the best of knowledge mobilization, participatory action research, and community development, in order to create an integrated and sustainable community of practice.
Mission

Mission

  •  Discover what works well among our members in Canada and internationally using strategies such as convening national and local events; proving a web based database of best practices; and producing knowledge synthesis reports on critical topics.

  •  Package the evidence in collaboration with Network members.

  •  Share the evidence with and between the Network’s members.

  •  Provide access for our members to a range of tools that measure effectiveness and impact to help them show the impacts of their best practices on children and youth who face adversity.
Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart

The CYCC Network is guided by a Governing Board with members who work together to meet the objectives of the Network.

Youth Advisory Committee

Youth Advisory Committee

The CYCC Network Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of highly motived and passionate young people who are committed to seeing positive change in their communities. The purpose of the YAC is three-fold: to support the work of the Network, to provide advice on the decisions of the Governing Board, and to act as Ambassadors for the Network itself.

The YAC is a 6-person group, with a Chair who sits on the CYCC Network's Governing Board. The YAC is an opportunity for the Network to integrate some of the key youth engagement practices we have identified through looking at many of our partners' best practices.