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Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth "I Have Something to Say" Project
Date Posted: Monday, May 9, 2016

In early 2014, the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth launched the “I Have Something to Say” project to elevate the voices of young people with special needs.
On Tuesday 10 May, we are gathering young people who made over 170 submissions -- through video, art, songs and in written form -- and who gave interviews to the Office, to share their stories and ideas for change directly with decision-makers in a “listening circle.” We have invited representatives from across the provincial government, health and education leaders, and other service providers to listen to what young people have to say and engage in a dialogue on how we can support them in realizing their dreams. This is the beginning of a new movement where we bring young people into the conversation with decision-makers about their lives and future.

On the same day, the Advocate’s Office will release a report summarizing the themes identified from the 170 submissions.

I invite you to participate in the “We Have Something to Say” movement by viewing the live-webcast of the report launch or attending in person to hear what young people have to say about their lives and changes they are seeking.

1:30 to 2:15 pm – report presentation with live-stream
2:30 to 4:30 pm – listening circle (closed to media)

Location: Chelsea Hotel - Churchill Ballroom
               33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto ON, M5G 1Z4

If you are interested in attending the report presentation and listening circle in person or wish to access the live-stream, you can RSVP at:

Registration is open until Friday 6 May or until spaces are full.

In respect of young people speaking of their lived experiences, we ask that all stakeholders who attend the listening circle remain for the duration.

For more information, contact Erica Smith at or 416-325-5985

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