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2013 Awards Winners

 

 

 

 

 

Winner : Les Habitations L’Escalier, a youth employment organization operating in Montréal and the Eastern Townships of Québec

“For several months now, I’ve been living at a shelter called l’Escalier. I also work at Distributions l’Escalier, and it’s my first job! With this job, I am also able to work from time to time at their Champêtreries farm. I like it there because you are constantly moving and learning new things! This experience allows me to meet new people and it also give me a place to relax and escape the stress of the city. I love it! Living and working at l’Escalier pushes me to think about my future. This has made me realize that I want to go back to school. The intervention team at home and work are very happy with my work and this gives me more confidence. Now I know how to cultivate onions! Before I didn’t even know that you had to rip the onions out of the earth.”

The initiative : La Ferme aux Champêtreries, a job entry program for young adults aged 18 to 30 who face barriers in accessing employment due to low educational achievement, lack of work experience, prior problems with addictions, family instability, and/or a precarious financial situation.

  • Paid work placement for 6 months on a farm
  • Partnerships with local employers in the region facilitates participants finding employment at the end of the placement

Impact for youth :

  •  Develop transferable technical, personal and social skills
  • Gain work experience in horticulture, agriculture, cooking, distribution, warehouse operations, and customer service
  • Skill development makes integration into community, education or occupational pursuits easier
  • Experience being members of a community  
  • In 2011-12: 6 months after placement, 55 % of participants had work, 26% had returned to school, and 3 % embarked on a new training program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Niagara Resource Service for Youth (o/a The RAFT) based in St. Catharines, ON provides hostel and outreach services and independent living supports to high risk and homeless youth in throughout Niagara Region.

“I couldn’t live at home anymore. My dad and brother partied all the time and I couldn’t get any sleep or school work done. I missed school all the time because I was staying in Fort Erie and my school was in Ridgeway. My school thought it would be a good to meet Amber [Youth Reconnect Worker] and get some help. We met at my school. She helped me a lot and got me a really nice apartment. I couldn’t go to my high school anymore because I missed so much school. Amber got me into EDVanced where I can catch up on credits faster and be able to graduate on time. I should be able to go back to my high school next year if I get caught up. I would like to be back with my friends. Amber checks up on me all the time making sure I go to class and I know if I need anything she’s always there for me. “ RAFT participant

The initiative: Youth Reconnect which aims to keep precariously housed youth in school and connected to their community.  Working in partnership with local agencies, this homelessness prevention program:

  • Accepts referrals from high schools, community partners, social service agencies and police services
  • Helps youth access resources and increase their self sufficiency
  • Provides advocacy services, life skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and emergency hostel access
  • Helps youth find affordable housing, live independently, and remain housed
  • Facilitates family re-unification whenever possible and safe to do so
  • Focuses on assisting youth reduce involvement in high risk behaviours

Impact for youth:

  • Over 75 % of participants remain in school
  • Over 90 % of participants remain housed after 3 months with the service and 70 % remained housed after 6 months
  • Estimated to have reduced shelter usage by 370 youth individuals in 2011
  • 100 % of participants reported feeling safe and supported compared to only 30 % before connecting with the services
  • Increased feelings of connectedness with their own communities
  • Increased knowledge and ability to access a variety of community resources

 

 

Winner: This is a collaborative inter-agency partnership involving: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Youville Centre, Operation Come Home, Eastern Ottawa Youth Justice Agency, and United Way Ottawa

“This is the best that I have ever done in my life, I am in school, I’m clean and I got a job.”

“Addiction and Mental Health Counselling helped me to break away from a vicious cycle. I deserve better and my daughter deserves better.”

The initiative: Project s.t.e.p.: provides substance abuse treatment as well as prevention and early intervention for young people in non-traditional academic settings. Each partner agency has a specific client focus, such as homeless youth, Aboriginal youth, teen mothers, at-risk or street involved youth.

  • Helps youth re-engage with academic achievement
  • Connects youth with addictions and mental health counselling
  • Multi-agency collaborative initiative with a common evaluation framework between agencies, common data collection and reporting platform

Impact for youth:

  • Increased access to individual counselling
  • Improved school attendance
  • Youth addressing mental health and addictions challenges and achieving high school equivalency
  • Increased motivation to continue on a path to independence and healthy living
  • Reduced participation in high risk activities

 

 

 

 

Winner: YWCA Metro Vancouver, a multi-service organization serving over 55,000 people annually through 43 programs.

“Crabtree Housing has helped me in so many ways. The support and encouragement I was given to make healthy, life changing choices was the most important piece for me. I was able to overcome my addiction to drugs. I was able to end toxic relationships and get a full-time job. I successfully regained custody of my daughter within a year. I take pride in providing for my daughter today and I am forever grateful to Crabtree’s staff, programs and the clean, safe apartment I lived in while making the most important decisions of my life.” Nora

The initiative: YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing provides 12 units of safe transitional housing and supports for young women who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addictions and who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are currently parenting or are working to regain custody of their children.

  • Housing and supports are for up to 18 months
  • Initiatives to reduce barriers to affordable long-term housing such as grants to clear outstanding utility and housing debts
  • Resources to support personal and professional development

Impact for young mothers:

  • Support in recovering from drug and/or alcohol use
  • Success in connecting with other community resources
  • Opportunity to develop social and community networks
  • Pregnant women delivering healthy babies and retaining custody or regaining custody
  • Securing long-term housing after leaving Crabtree Corner

 

Eva’s Initiatives lance les Prix pour mettre fin à l’itinérance chez les jeunes

Sprott FoundationVirgin Unite

Eva’s Initiatives, la fondation Sprott et Virgin Unite, fondation à but non lucratif du Groupe Virgin, sont heureux d’offrir quatre prix de 25 000 $ chacun à des organismes s’occupant de jeunes sans abri et à risque de le devenir.

Pour une deuxième année consécutive, Eva’s et nos partenaires Virgin Unite et la fondation Sprott, mettent en lumière des interventions remarquables visant à prévenir l’itinérance des jeunes et à y mettre fin. Cet objectif nous oblige tous à repenser notre façon de faire auprès des jeunes qui sont vulnérables, ne se limitant plus à leurs besoins d’urgence. Mettre fin à leur itinérance signifie donner aux jeunes les moyens de vivre une vie meilleure, plus stable et à long terme. Cela signifie également la mise en place de programmes qui ont des répercussions positives sur différents plans, le logement par exemple, ou encore le renforcement des compétences, l’emploi, une meilleure santé et autres résultats.

Ces prix ont pour but de reconnaître les initiatives communautaires qui :

  • Dépassent le stade d’assurer simplement les besoins essentiels des jeunes sans abri ou qui risquent de le devenir.
  • Démontrent qu’elles ont une influence durable dans la vie de jeunes à risque.
  • Offrent des programmes ou des services visant à prévenir l’itinérance chez les jeunes.
  • Rompent le cycle de l’itinérance chez les jeunes en incluant des services de soutien tels que : logement, éducation, emploi, relations familiales, et interventions traitant des problèmes de santé mentale ou de toxicomanie.

« Les initiatives visant à mettre fin et à prévenir l’itinérance chez les jeune font vraiment preuve d’audace, fait remarquer Maria Crawford, directrice exécutive d’Eva’s Initiatives. Grâce à ces prix, nous reconnaissons, honorons, et encourageons les organismes  qui accomplissent un travail de pionnier pour atteindre l’objectif de mettre fin à l’itinérance chez les jeunes à l’échelle nationale.

Date limite des candidatures : le lundi 10 décembre 2012 à 21 h HNE. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur l’admissibilité ou pour télécharger des formulaires d’inscription, veuillez consulter notre site Web des prix http://awards.evasinitiatives.com ou notre site officiel au www.evasinitiatives.com.

2013 Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness

Sprott FoundationVirgin Unite

Eva’s Initiatives, the Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, are pleased to offer four awards of $25,000 each for organizations working with homeless and at-risk youth.

For a second year, Eva’s and our partners Virgin Unite and the Sprott Foundation are putting the spotlight on what works in terms of preventing and ending youth homelessness. 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 lives 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.

The goal of the awards is to recognize community initiatives that are:

  • Moving beyond responding to the most basic needs of homeless and at-risk youth towards ending youth homelessness
  • Demonstrating significant impacts in the lives of vulnerable youth
  • Delivering programs or services aimed at preventing and ending youth homelessness
  • Breaking the cycle of homelessness among youth by integrating supports such as: housing, education, employment, family connections, and interventions to address mental health concerns and/or addictions.

“Initiatives to end and prevent youth homelessness are indeed bold,” noted Maria Crawford, Executive Director of Eva’s Initiatives. “These awards are a way to recognize, honour and encourage organizations doing pioneering work that contributes to the national goal of ending youth homelessness.”

The deadline for applications is 9 p.m. EST, Monday December 10, 2012. For more information on eligibility or to download applications, please see our awards website at http://awards.evasinitiatives.com or our main website at www.evasinitiatives.com.

Eva’s Initiatives, la fondation Sprott et Virgin Unite, fondation à but non lucratif du Groupe Virgin, sont heureux d’offrir quatre prix de 25 000 $ chacun à des organismes s’occupant de jeunes sans abri et à risque de le devenir.

Pour une deuxième année consécutive, Eva’s et nos partenaires Virgin Unite et la fondation Sprott, mettent en lumière des interventions remarquables visant à prévenir l’itinérance des jeunes et à y mettre fin. Cet objectif nous oblige tous à repenser notre façon de faire auprès des jeunes qui sont vulnérables, ne se limitant plus à leurs besoins d’urgence. Mettre fin à leur itinérance signifie donner aux jeunes les moyens de vivre une vie meilleure, plus stable et à long terme. Cela signifie également la mise en place de programmes qui ont des répercussions positives sur différents plans, le logement par exemple, ou encore le renforcement des compétences, l’emploi, une meilleure santé et autres résultats.

Ces prix ont pour but de reconnaître les initiatives communautaires qui :

  • Dépassent le stade d’assurer simplement les besoins essentiels des jeunes sans abri ou qui risquent de le devenir.
  • Démontrent qu’elles ont une influence durable dans la vie de jeunes à risque.
  • Offrent des programmes ou des services visant à prévenir l’itinérance chez les jeunes.
  • Rompent le cycle de l’itinérance chez les jeunes en incluant des services de soutien tels que : logement, éducation, emploi, relations familiales, et interventions traitant des problèmes de santé mentale ou de toxicomanie.

« Les initiatives visant à mettre fin et à prévenir l’itinérance chez les jeune font vraiment preuve d’audace, fait remarquer Maria Crawford, directrice exécutive d’Eva’s Initiatives. Grâce à ces prix, nous reconnaissons, honorons, et encourageons les organismes  qui accomplissent un travail de pionnier pour atteindre l’objectif de mettre fin à l’itinérance chez les jeunes à l’échelle nationale.

Date limite des candidatures : le lundi 10 décembre 2012 à 21 h HNE. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur l’admissibilité ou pour télécharger des formulaires d’inscription, veuillez consulter notre site Web des prix http://awards.evasinitiatives.com ou notre site officiel au www.evasinitiatives.com.

Awards Release 2013

Prix communique 2013