Tags: Issue 4, June 2021
This past winter semester, the Child and Youth Care Diploma program engaged in a COIL Project with Parul University, in India. The project consisted of 10 CYC diploma students and 50 Master of Social Work students from Parul. Students engaged in research projects exploring the needs and best practices of youth in care. Humber students narrowed down their research to look at the racial disparities faced by transitional age youth leaving care, and the impact of the pandemic.
The CYC faculty member who was involved in this project, Kelly Cassano, showcased the project alongside two of the student participants, Azeezat Sule and Mary-Rose Allen, at the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care’ Provincial Conference. The conference holds a special day just for educators, where the team presented this initiative and discussed how COIL projects can be used to enrich Work-Integrated Learning experiences, and explored the incredible impact that can occur when we bring together different disciplines from the across the globes. The students presenting shared their work from the project, engaged workshop participants through an interactive story of a fictional youth in-care’s journey, gave participants an opportunity to brainstorm around needs, best practices and how to advocate for systemic changes as it pertained to transitional age youth and the need for supportive cultural practices.