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.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

2018 Five14 Talks Theme: Redefining Community

Every individual has their own definition of community based on their personal, historical and regional perspectives. But for children and youth who have experienced or are in the child welfare system, community can mean something very different.

Through the thematic of “Redefining Community” we will explore the shifting, ever-evolving definition of community by putting it under the microscope. What are the vital ingredients that create community? In our digital world, what does community look like? What are the benefits of being part of a community? And, as the traditional definition of family continues to evolve, where does it fit within the revised concept of community?

It’s a theme and message that comes with a question and a challenge. This year’s five14 Talks will explore diverse ideas and perspectives around the important question, “What is community?” But we will also address the fact that an inescapable part of the definition of community includes participation in child welfare, which comes with its own benefits and pitfalls.

Finally, we will address the stigma and myths that can be experienced by youth in care by pointing to the fact that historic definitions may not be as applicable as they once were.

This year, together in partnership, we will work together to create a new definition of what it means to live and be an active, supporting part of a community.