Press Release April 15 2013

For immediate release:

Eva’s Initiatives, Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite Announce Winners of the 2013 Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness

Four Canadian organizations recognized for excellence in working to prevent and end youth homelessness

Toronto, ON, April 15, 2013 – Eva’s Initiatives, the Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite & Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation are pleased to announce the four winners of The Eva’s Initiatives Award for Ending Youth Homelessness. Valued at $25,000 each, the awards recognize Canadian organizations that demonstrate leadership in preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

“This Canadian awards program puts the spotlight on initiatives that actively work to prevent, reduce and end the homelessness that too many Canadian youth experience,” explained Maria Crawford, Executive Director of Eva’s Initiatives. “The winners this year demonstrate four different approaches to ending youth homelessness, each with their inherent strengths and opportunities.”

The four winners for 2013, from three different regions of the country, challenge us to think beyond the emergency needs of youth and instead find ways to equip them to achieve greater success in multiple domains of their life, from housing and employment, to education and social integration. The 2013 winners are:

  • Montréal/Cookshire, QC : Les Habitations Escalier for La ferme Aux Champêtreries
  • St. Catharines, ON: NiagaraResource Service for Youth for Youth Reconnect
  • Ottawa, ON: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Youth and partners for Project STEP
  • Vancouver, BC: YWCA Metro Vancouverfor YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing

“RE*Generation supports organizations that inspire real change for at-risk and homeless youth,” says Andrew Bridge, Virgin Unite Trustee and Managing Director of Virgin Mobile Canada. “These four organizations have developed programs that inspire and empower youth to achieve greater success. We applaud their efforts and look forward to working with them to extend the reach of their programs.”

A seven member panel, knowledgeable about services for homeless youth, reviewed the applications and selected the winners from among 67 applications that demonstrated a wide array of impressive and innovative projects underway in communities across the county.

The Eva’s Initiatives Award for Ending Youth Homelessness is generously sponsored by the Sprott Foundation in collaboration with Virgin Unite & Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation.

To learn more about the RE*Generation Movement go to virginmobile.ca/regen.

About Eva’s Initiatives

Eva’s Initiatives works with homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, to get them off the streets permanently. Each year we help over 5,000 homeless and at-risk youth through our emergency and transitional housing, harm reduction services, counselling, employment and training programs, social enterprise, and services to reconnect youth with their families. For more information: www.evasinitiatives.com

About Virgin Unite

Virgin Unite is the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. We unite people and entrepreneurial ideas to reinvent how we live and work in the world to help make people’s lives better. Our aim is to do our bit to revolutionize the way businesses, government and the social sector work together – driving business as a force for good.  We also incubate new, independent approaches to leadership including the Elders, the Carbon War Room, and the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship. Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of donations received go direct to the frontline where they are needed most. Join us at www.virginunite.com, follow us @virginunite and like us at facebook/virginunite.

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For more information or to inquire about interviews, please contact Lesley McMillan, Program Officer, Eva’s Initiatives (416) 977-4497 x 142   lesley@evasinitiatives.com

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