Our Work

The Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network is a national knowledge mobilization (KMb) initiative funded by the Government of Canada through the Network of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization Initiative (NCE-KM).  We support researchers, community based organizations, educators, policy makers, and others working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable and at-risk children and youth.

Our mission is to build a strong, effective, and collaborative youth serving sector that can better respond to the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable young people.

Our Network Members include over 200 groups and individuals representing community-based organizations, health care organizations, government agencies, academics, researchers, and more. We support their work by providing them with KMb and evaluation tools, services, and opportunities that are easy to use, accessible, and tailored to their particular needs. We help them capture and share best practices, evaluate and improve programming, strengthen their case for funding, collaborate across sectors, and put what works into action so that they can better support the needs of the young people they serve.

Hubs and Affiliates

The CYCC Network is made up of three regional Hubs in Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut. They are leading knowledge mobilization organizations working in the child and youth sector, who bring tremendous regional capacity and expertise to help local organizations share and adopt evidence-informed practices.

Learn more about our Hubs & Affiliates

Mission

Our Mission is to build a strong, effective, and collaborative youth serving sector that can better respond to the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable young people.

To accomplish our mission, we:

  • Host participatory knowledge sharing events on issues of national importance that are impacting the lives of vulnerable children and youth.
  • Package and mobilize the best and promising practices for improving the lives of vulnerable and at-risk young people
  • Encourage, support, and facilitate collaborations between Network Members, including academic partnerships
  • Provide tools to our members that help them measure the effectiveness and impact of their work and improve their programming
  • Support our members to do their own KMb projects and create an ongoing culture of KMb in the youth serving sector

Logic Model and Evaluation Report

You can learn more about how we’re working towards our Mission in our Logic Model and latest Evaluation Report:

Download our Logic Model Here
Download our Evaluation Report Here