In 2006, Eva’s Initiatives launched the Awards for Innovation, through generous sponsorship from CIBC. Six years of the Innovation Awards recognized the achievements of 18 organizations from coast to coast to coast. With inspiration coming from these award winners, the focus for Eva’s awards program has shifted.
With the launch of the 2014 program, Eva’s and our sponsor the Sprott Foundation are putting the spotlight on what works in terms of preventing, reducing and ending the homelessness that youth experience. This focus challenges us all to think beyond the emergency needs of vulnerable youth. The goal of ending homelessness means equipping youth in multiple domains of their life to achieve greater and longer lasting stability. It also means program impacts that have results on different levels—from housing outcomes, for example, to skill building, employment, improved health and other outcomes.