Guest post by Mary-Ellen Rayner
Chief Partnerships & Communications Officer
Every year, the Sandbox Summit brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, charities, corporate Canada, families and young people to work together to identify the most pressing challenges to the health of Canada’s youth and find innovative ways to improve health outcomes for Canada’s young people.
The April 6 Sandbox Summit marks the seventh anniversary of the event. To amplify the event’s impact, this year we are transforming the Sandbox Summit from a traditional conference to a more interactive and collaborative workshop – creating additional opportunities for stakeholders to participate in conversations and create solutions to improve the health of Canada’s youth.
To achieve this, we have partnered with Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network. CYCC Network’s Wisdom2Action (W2A) format will be used to facilitate cross-sectoral knowledge-sharing and connection-building across the child and youth service sector.
Perhaps the most important change for 2017 is that this year’s Summit has the participation of more youth leaders than ever before. On April 5th, Sandbox’s youth-led Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) will hold its Annual General Meeting, a key opportunity for YCRH committees to gather face-to-face to set priorities and move youth-driven initiatives forward.
And on April 6th, a team of Youth Hosts will take on leadership and facilitation roles during the main Summit event. Through the AstraZeneca Young Health Program’s support, the Sandbox Summit is convening youth from across Canada to engage in two packed days of constructive discussion and action planning to improve the health and wellbeing of their peers and future generations of Canadians.
This year’s event has many other great speakers and opportunities for collaboration as well. We are pleased to introduce Open Space and bring back the 1-minute updates, where Summit attendees will share updates on their activities and drive conversations on how we can all work together to improve the health young people in Canada.
It takes a village…
We share the belief with AstraZeneca Canada that by working together we have a much greater impact on the health of Canada’s youth. Events like this are vital to building a collaborative environment where all stakeholders in Canada work together towards a shared goal.
To find out more about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or how you can get involved visit the Sandbox Project website.