Social innovation is the process of developing and testing solutions to challenging (and often systemic) social and environmental issues. It’s not connected to any specific group or organization, but it something anyone can move forward. That said, some solutions require the active collaboration of individuals across government, business, and the nonprofits. This is where MINDS comes in.
Collective impact is all about bringing people together to achieve social change. A network of community members, organizations, and institutions come together to learn and integrate these learnings into real change at a systems’ level. Collective impact is a framework that can be used by different groups in different ways to achieve positive gains for all involved.
YOUTH PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH
Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development. This framework is based in social justice principles and puts the power into the hands of young people who have been trained in systematic research.
Engaging in continuous review through dialoge, critical thinking and reflection to ensure that we adapt and grow from both our failures and successes.
Evaluating the impact of our innovations on youth mental health and wellbeing, and demonstrating how we are affecting system change.
Addressing the complex challenges of mental health and wellbeing in the places we live, work, learn, seek care, play and grow.
Fostering youth to lead, engage and collaborate with individuals, organizations and the broader community to co-create change.
Combining different bodies of knowledge, lived experiences and methodologies to work in new and innovative ways.
Being compassionate and respectful of every individual’s unique journey, the pace they choose, and the space to engage in a way that is meaningful to them.