Centre for Youth & Society

Featured research fellow

Featured research fellow: Dr. Jennifer White

Dr. Jennifer White is a Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care. For many years, Dr. White's work has focused on reframing the ways in which we approach suicidality and youth suicide prevention.

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Research with Indigenous youth and communities

Research with Indigenous youth and communities

CFYS is involved in several research projects with Indigenous youth and communities, such as the three-year project Stronger Together, which explores how Indigenous youth in Canada understand and enact identity through family, community, education, and learning experiences. 

Research with Indigenous youth and communities
Become a research assistant

Become a research assistant

CFYS works with graduate and undergraduate student research assistants from many disciplines. Learn how you can get involved!

Become a research assistant
Meet our research fellows

Meet our research fellows

CFYS research fellows represent a wide range of UVic departments, primarily in the faculties of Education, Human and Social Development, and Social Sciences. 

Meet our research fellows
Addressing issues faced by youth around the world

Addressing issues faced by youth around the world

CFYS, in partnership with UN Habitat, launches a report on good practices for refugee youth resettlement in urban contexts.

Addressing issues faced by youth around the world
Partnering with CFYS

Partnering with CFYS

CFYS works in partnership with many local, national, and international organizations. 

Partnering with CFYS

Today's youth

Research that focuses on youth is vital - the United Nations reports that half the world's population is under the age of 25. Youth are key actors in the evolving social, environmental, and technological changes that are shaping the world at an ever-increasing pace. 

At the Centre for Youth & Society (CFYS), we design and conduct interdisciplinary research, promote collaboration with partners, and respond to emerging priorities affecting youth and their families. Our Centre unites researchers, students, and community partners (including youth-led initiatives) toward youth well-being.

CFYS response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the Centre for Youth and Society has created a resource hub to centralize a list of community resources that have been created by different organizations, tips on maintaining physical health and well-being for children, youth and families, resources for online education, and positive stories.

Visit the CFYS Community Resource Hub.

More resources: wellbeing.gov.bc.ca.

Featured research fellow: Dr. Jennifer White

Dr. Jennifer White is a Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care. For many years, Dr. White's work has focused on reframing the ways in which we approach suicidality and youth suicide prevention. In collaboration with Indigenous scholars, leaders, elders and youth, Dr. White was one of the co-leads on Wise Practices for Life Promotion which aimed to curate a series of wise practices for promoting life based on what is already working and/or showing promise in First Nations communities across the country.

Meet our featured research fellows

Featured student: Dorothy Harris

Dorothea Harris' family belongs to the Snuneymuxw First Nation and she grew up in Snuneymuxw territory (Nanaimo, BC). Prior to returning to school, Dorothea worked as a social worker for 20 years in the Greater Victoria Area. Dorothea began her Master's degree at the University of Victoria in 2018 while working for the Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement office and transferred to the PhD program in 2020 in order to conduct research close to her heart and community. 

Meet our featured students.


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