August 5, 2014
Sent on behalf of Darryl Sturtevant
Congratulations on the recent publication of the Special Issue of the Canadian Journal for Community Mental Health. This research made an invaluable contribution to the Ministry of Children and Youth Service’s Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development and I am pleased it that continues to be shared widely. [Link to article]
Since its release in June 2012, Stepping Stones has greatly influenced the government’s understanding of and support for youth development. It formed the foundation for the development of Ontario’s first ever province-wide strategy for youth, Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.
Stepping Stones has also become an integral part of the province’s work related to young people. As an example, this April, the Ministry of Education added “promoting well-being” to its stated goals for the elementary and secondary school system in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario. This addition was influenced by Stepping Stones and the ministry’s enthusiastic endorsement of the resource. Stepping Stones is also referenced in numerous resources for parents and teachers, including the 2013 Revised Ontario Curriculum for Grades 7 to 12.
This summer the ministry launched a new webpage and downloadable resources to support the promotion and practical application of the research and insight in Stepping Stones. Please visitwww.ontario.ca/steppingstones and consider sharing these new resources among your network.
Thank you for your contribution to Stepping Stones and ongoing commitment to research on youth development. The ministry is always looking for opportunities to further promote and improve the resource. Please feel free to contact me at Darryl.Sturtevant@Ontario.ca with any thoughts or ideas moving forward.
Assistant Deputy Minister