We live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ, (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.

Formed in 2014, the Child and Youth Health Network was an ambitious multi-stakeholder collaborative that attempted to align organizations and initiatives in the capital region of British Columbia to improve the health and well-being of children and youth.

In 2018, after four years of work, it disbanded.

Our initiative failed. We learned a lot, but we did not achieve what we set out to do. In the spirit of learning from failure, this website documents some of the work we did together.

The Child and Youth Health Network

In the beginning, we came together because we all agreed that a fractured and uncoordinated system was interfering with our ability to improve to the health and well-being of young people in our region. The network was an attempt to increase alignment between organizations and sectors, in hopes that by improving our capacity for working together, we would have more impact.

The network felt important. It attracted significant in-kind resources through the commitment of many dozens of people who met regularly (and tried to do things differently) for four years.

We really, really tried to make this work.

A lack of sufficient and sustainable backbone funding was one cause of our failure to achieve our collective goal, but other factors were involved as well, including a mission and vision that were simply too broad and too ambitious.

VISION: Communities supporting healthy kids, growing into healthy adults, raising healthy kids.

MISSION: The Child and Youth Health Network aligns to ensure children and youth in the Capital Region thrive.

The following funders supported the network:

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