Ontario’s Young Carers: Six Stories

Six young voices on what it’s like to be a kid and care for family.

Olivia, Hope, Joel, Abbigail, Josh, Kendra. These six young people have all found themselves in a caregiving role at a young age.

It’s time for you to hear their stories.

Working with The Powerhouse Project and Project Re•Vision, The Change Foundation met up with this unique, compassionate, and clever group to give them the chance to create their own stories on their young caring experiences. The result was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.

For more, click to read our feature on the experience.

 

Meet six extraordinary Ontario youth:

 

Olivia

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Hope

 

Joel

Abbigail

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Josh

Kendra


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It is estimated that 17% of Ontario caregivers are between the ages of 15 and 24.

Who are Ontario’s Young Carers?

Young Carers are children or youth who are helping to care for a sibling, a parent or a grandparent, and it’s estimated that approximately 17% of Ontario caregivers are youth.  Young Carers often grow up quickly, and lose their childhood too early. They can experience feelings of anger, isolation, loneliness and grief—some suffer from depression or anxiety. Their school and work can suffer because of their added responsibility and they often have limited time to socialize or do extracurricular activities. Fortunately, many young carers are wise beyond their years. Their responsibility helps build self-esteem, compassion and resiliency, and they learn many important independence and life lessons.

 

Project Partners

Young Carers Initiative Powerhouse Project

The Young Carers Initiative (YCI) is a non-profit agency with a mission to promote the wellbeing of Young Carers, their families and their community partners. Powerhouse Project is an inter-agency strategy developed by YCI that has established two centres to meet the needs of Young Carers and their families in the Niagara and Haldimand-Norfolk Regions. For more information, please visit: www.powerhouseproject.ca.

 

Project Re•Vision

Provject Re•Vision is a social science institute at the University of Guelph specializing in the use of visual, digital, and sensory methods. Project Re•Vision is an assemblage of research projects dedicated to exploring ways that marginalized and misrepresented communities can use the arts to advance social inclusion and justice by challenging stereotypes. Project Re•Vision is also the home of REDLAB (Re-Visioning Differences Mobile Media Arts Lab), a mobile multi-media lab that uses arts-based methods to dismantle stereotypical understandings of difference that can create barriers to inclusion in society. For more information, please visit: http://projectrevision.ca.

WHAT’S BEING SAID

Day 1: In January we announced the launch of our 4 #ChangingCare projects across Ontario - focused on improving the interaction between health care providers and #caregivers. Read more about the awesome work these teams are doing: bit.ly/2aiwun8 pic.twitter.com/IYxRQwJhPF