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GROWING Out Of the System

Date & time
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Join us for an educational panel on how to improve the current youth care system. For now, once an individual hits the age of 18, they are no longer considered a minor, and consequently, they are being left on their own. This is the main cause of youth homelessness. In this panel, we will discuss how youth can grow out of the system instead of being 'thrown' out of the system.

Professionals in the field will discuss the current system and resources available to youth, ideas they believe may improve the current resource network, and ways any individual could help out with this issue. Ideas of supporting the cause will touch on fighting stigma to helping associations and individuals directly.  

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube. 

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Dr. Jayne Malenfant

At Concordia, Jayne Malenfant has taught various courses including Education Inclusivity, Philosophy of Education, School and Society, and Curriculum studies. Although she is not currently teaching at Concordia, Jayne Malenfant is busy in academic research in Montreal at McGill University. 

Dr. Varda Mann-Feder

Dr Mann-Feder has been a full time faculty member in Applied Human Sciences since 1992.  She taught as a sessional instructor in Psychology at Concordia between 1984 and 1992, and has worked as a Consulting Psychologist in the child welfare system in Montreal since 1976. From 2004 until 2007, she served as Chair of Applied Human Sciences, and from 2000 until 2007, she was Editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care Work.She also served as the founding Graduate Program Director for the Diploma in Youth Work.

Elijah Olise

Elijah Olise is the founder of Black Holistic Care Youth Housing Center, a community organizer devoted to building social community infrastructures for young adults who have experienced care. His social justice values are directed towards community building, BIPOC artistic development, housing, community-based policing and Anti-Black racism. Elijah transitioned from care into independent living right before he turned 18, and has faced housing, food and financial insecurity from the very beginning. From sales to community organizing, social justice activism, and nonprofits, Elijah has been able to grow from the support and resources around him. He values being able to contribute solutions to society that will better the quality of life of all.

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