The visual overhaul of the site, along with the updates to its content and the development of digital tools, were coordinated by the Fugues, Sexo and Toxico support structure of the Youth Program Department at the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. These initiatives were strongly supported by the community liaison officer of En Marge 12-17, in partnership with the POM team at Oxy-Jeunes. This project is intended for young people, their parents and youth workers, and aims to give them the tools they need. It is part of the 2018 action plan Les fugues en centre de réadaptation pour jeunes en difficulté d’adaptation: Prévenir pour mieux intervenir.
This multimedia content is the result of a collaboration between the POM collective and some twenty young people placed under the care of youth protection or in contact with the En Marge 12–17 community resource. From this pool of knowledge emerged the photographs that illustrate this site, the texts and images for the videos, as well as the script and visuals for the interactive experience.
A community program aimed at introducing participants to the media arts, POM (Petites Œuvres Multimédias) helps them discover storytelling and the narrative tools of photography, writing, sound, and video. POM’s artistic and educational approach is based on knowledge sharing and co-learning, from ideation to post-production.
For the site overhaul and content update, we were fortunate to rely on the following resources:
POM team at Oxy-Jeunes for the co-creation process, which encouraged young people and parents to speak out. Thanks to the participants in the POM workshops for sharing their experiential knowledge and using their creativity to create the multimedia content.
The Youth Program Department at the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal received funding from the Ministry of Health and Social Services to revamp the visual design of youthrunaway.ca, as well as update its content and develop digital tools. This redesign project was carried out between 2021 and 2023.