Vanessa Currie, Executive Director, International Institute for Child Rights and Development
I have spent the last two decades working in children’s rights with a focus on children’s participation in their protection. I am passionate about engaging children, youth, families and communities in imagining systemic change and working together to implement shared solutions. I use participatory research approaches to explore challenging situations together with young people and their intergenerational allies that help create sustainable solutions. Monitoring, evaluation and learning are an important component of this, empowering young people and their allies to track and learn from changes that take place as a result of our work together. With a special interest in young people’s wellbeing, I use art, play, and nature-based activities that reinforce young people’s connection with their own spirituality, culture and traditions. I live in the beautiful small town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia with my two little boys and my partner.
Laura Wright, Leadership Team member of IICRD
I have spent over a decade engaged in children’s rights, children’s meaningful participation, child protection, play, and psychosocial wellbeing in diverse development and humanitarian contexts. I am Leadership Team member of IICRD focused on play and arts based participatory research and practice methodologies with young people and adult allies in diverse contexts. I am also a board member, committee/network member, and associate with several child centered research, policy, and practice organizations and groups to support meaningful collaboration and transformative positive change globally. I am passionate about social justice and fostering safe, supportive spaces through play, art, and play for young people to co-create and thrive.
Dr. Laura Lee, Leadership Team member of IICRD
I have spent the last 15 years focused on strengthening the health and wellbeing of children and youth through programming and community based research. I am passionate about participatory program planning, monitoring and evaluation, community-based research methodologies, child and youth protection and participation, social justice and health equity. I have worked with children and youth to co- design, implement and analyze research projects throughout Africa, the Middle East and South America. I am a Leadership Team member of IICRD and I teach health science at two Universities in Vancouver, Canada. I love to challenge children, youth and my students to think of ways to strengthen opportunities for young people and communities in order for them to improve wellbeing and to transform their own social worlds for the better.
About the webinar:
You are invited to participate in a webinar showcasing the results of YouCreate, an arts-based youth led participatory action research (PAR) project piloted in Egypt and Iraq in 2018-2019 to support the wellbeing of youth impacted by migration and adversity.
Members of the project team will share the stories and highlights from the pilot project, introduce the methodology, describe key findings from the capitalization research and present the Art-Kit, a manual for youth-led arts-based PAR, a guide for project staff, and a set of e-learning modules.
We will also foster space for discussion and shared learning across participants. This webinar is designed for practitioners and researchers engaging with youth, including youth leaders, with all levels of experience. Please come and join us!
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