The Doorway, A Youth Employment Society in Calgary, AB, providing community support for youth who are making self-directed changes to move their life experience from street dependency to mainstream sustainability.
The initiative: The Doorway: Cultural Integration for Street Dependent Young People invests in youth who are developing and pursuing their own life goals related to housing, employment, legal, health, leadership, identification, finances, drug and alcohol use, education and volunteering. The Doorway provides a bridge for youth who have developed knowledge of how to survive on the streets who then need to develop knowledge and strategies for surviving in different mainstream environments, such as workplaces or with family.
Impact for youth:
- Provides a safe and legal means of income through financial incentives available to youth who achieve steps in their plan and/or who contribute to the Doorway’s qualitative database and monthly self assessment opportunities
- Fosters a change personal patterns leading to healthier and safer lifestyles
- Supports youth in taking steps towards housing and employment as well as goals in other life domains
- Members of the mainstream community learn how to foster the social inclusion of street dependent young people in mainstream culture