In response to requests from young people in care to have a greater voice in shaping public perceptions, five14 Talks is an event to celebrate Children and Youth in Care Day and inspire change.

five14 Talks is taking a break this year

What is five14 Talks?

five14 Talks began as a simple idea: a TEDx-style forum designed to unite and mobilize child welfare champions to create change. Hosted by Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, this event harnesses the power and expertise of former youth in care, child welfare agencies and policy leaders, elected officials, academics, donors, and other allies.

The event concept was developed by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC). YPAC is a group of accomplished young professionals and students with lived care experience. Their idea was to create and host a unique event in celebration of Ontario Children and Youth in Care Day (established from the historic 2011 Youth Leaving Care Hearings to honour and recognize children and youth in care) that gives those from care and their champions a platform to shape public perceptions, engage the broader community, and inspire ground-breaking ideas and viable change.