Frontline Partners with Youth Network (FPYN) is a network of people working directly with youth across sectors and the GTA. It emerged in December 2005, when a group of frontline workers came together to support each other in dealing with the effects of gun violence. Since then, the network has continued to grow as an expression of the heartfelt need among frontline workers to connect with each other – there are over 1500 people signed up for our e-newsletter, the Mish Mash. At the core of our network is a bold, real, innovative, and dedicated group of people working from an anti-oppression framework directly with youth. Our network strives to continuously recognize the link between systemic oppression and the violence that initially brought us together in all that we do.
Our mission is to connect frontline workers to heal, learn and work for change. FPYN ensures that frontline workers, as community healers and builders, are able to access systems support and training, reflection and advocacy, and information/resource sharing. The network has also developed and will continue to develop resources specific to responding to the grief and trauma frontline workers face on a regular basis. FPYN continues to evolve and develop through supporting the energy, interests and passion of frontline workers to heal ourselves and to make systemic changes.
Program Goals and Objectives
At FPYN, we try to challenge conventional criteria for “success.” For us, success is defined by how useful technology is for us, and whether it makes our jobs easier/more effective. We are interested in how ICT helps engage members in making both critical decisions about the work of the network and taking on pieces of it. We will host focus groups at the beginning and end of the project to gauge our network’s use of ICT. We also want to track our paid work team’s reflections, and compose collaborative Reflection Documents with network members.
FPYN would like to develop a comprehensive ICT strategy and pursue additional funding to implement it. As such, we are interested in creating a baseline to measure our success. Currently, we will focus on gathering qualitative information. This information will help us formulate the criteria for quantitative analysis. Some of the quantitative data we may be interested in gathering include: how many members are actively engaged in ICT usage? How many hours of work are carried out by network members?