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Spectre de rue

Spectre de rue s’adresse à des personnes du centre-ville de Montréal, aux prises avec des problèmes de toxicomanie, de prostitution, d’itinérance et de santé mentale, se concentrant sur la prévention et la réduction de la propagation des infections transmises sexuellement ou par le sang (ITSS)

Spectre de rue works with individuals in downtown Montreal who are struggling with drug addiction, prostitution, homelessness or mental health challenges with a focus on preventing and reducing the spread of diseases that are transmitted sexually or through injection drug use. (English text follows below)

spectre de rue

L’initiative

TAPAJ (Travail alternatif payé à la journée) offre aux jeunes qui pratiquent divers métiers de la rue la possibilité de mieux s’impliquer dans leur communauté d’une manière plus positive et constructive, tout en étant rémunérés pour leur travail dans différents plateaux de travailet trouver ainsi une solution de rechange à leur situation précaire.

À l’étape 1, les participants doivent réserver une place à l’un des plateaux de travail de TAPAJ. Chaque plateau de travail a une durée variant de 2 à 3 heures et les participants sont rémunérés à la fin du plateau. Parmi les plateaux de travail, mentionnons des projets visant l’amélioration communautaire (par ex., aménagement paysager, plantations); initiatives de nettoyage du quartier (alléeset parcs); et également d’autres opportunités comme travailler dans le cadre de foires et d’expositions.

Les personnes qui veulent prendre leur vie en mains peuvent accéder à l’étape 2, qui permet d’élaborer et de réaliser un plan de travail et des objectifs personnels et d’avoir un suivi avec un travailleur de soutien deux fois par mois pour passer en revue leurs objectifs. C’est à cette étape que les participants sortent graduellement des refuges, peuvent manger à leur faim, planifient comment régler leurs frais juridiques et ainsi vont de l’avant!

Effets positifs chez les jeunes

  • À court terme, les effets se traduisent par une aide s’appliquant au revenu, à la nourriture et aux besoins essentiels.
  • Les jeunes échappent à la routine qu’était leur vie dans la rue et en marge de la société, et mettent à profit des expériences qui ouvrent leurs horizons
  • Les jeunes développent des relations avec les travailleurs de soutien ce qui peut mener à la solution d’un problème tenant compte du contexte qui leur est propre.
  • Les jeunes ont aussi la chance de créer des liens qui vont bien au-delà des besoins fondamentaux
  • Les jeunes se sentent mieux acceptés pour ce qu’ils sont, contribuant ainsi à atténuer l’impression d’avoir été rejetés par la famille et la société.
  • Les jeunes développent leur confiance et l’estime des autres
  • Les jeunes développent leurs capacités personnelles et professionnelles
  • Les jeunes améliorent leurs conditions de vie.

The initiative

TAPAJ (Alternative work paid by the day) provides young people who are involved in different street trades with the opportunity to become more involved in their community in a positive and constructive way, be paid for their work on a variety of job sites and experience an alternative to their precarious existence.

In stage 1, participants reserve a place at one of the TAPAJ job sites. Each shift is 2.5 to 3 hours and participants are paid at the end of the shift. Job sites include community improvement projects (e.g. landscaping, planting); neighbourhood clean up initiatives (laneways and parks); as well as other opportunities such as working at fairs and expositions.

Individuals ready to move ahead in their lives can move into stage 2, which includes developing and embracing a work plan and personal goals and following up with a support worker twice a month to review goals. It is in this stage that participants gradually get out of shelters, begin to eat as much as they want, make a plan to pay their legal fees and generally begin to move forward.

Impact for youth:

  • Short term impacts include help with income, food and basic needs
  • Youth break out of the routine of street life and social isolation and tap into experiences that broaden their horizons
  • Youth develop relationships with support workers which can lead to problem solving around the unique circumstances of the individuals
  • Youth have to the chance to form connections that go beyond the necessities of life
  • Youth experience a greater sense of being accepted for who they are, which helps to counteract the sense of familial or societal rejection they have
  • Youth develop confidence in others and greater self awareness
  • Youth develop their personal abilities and professional skills
  • Youth improve the condition of their lives.

Background

About the Awards

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

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
  • Demonstrating significant impacts in the lives of vulnerable youth
  • Delivering programs or services aimed at preventing youth homelessness for example when youth are vulnerable do to encounters with criminal justice system, mental health crises, or when exiting from foster care, for example
  • 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. This may also include strategies aimed at harm reduction and increasing the social inclusion of marginalized youth.

This is an Awards program, not a funding stream. The objective is to showcase and celebrate programs in Canada that have demonstrated impact in ending youth homelessness in their communities.

Organizations may self-nominate their own program or initiative.

About Eva’s Initiatives

Eva’s works locally and nationally to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness in Canada. In Toronto, we operate 3 purpose-built emergency and transitional facilities that focus on family reconnection, harm reduction, employment, education, and life skills programming. Eva’s National Initiatives works to build the capacity of the youth-serving sector and foster systemic change nationally. We do this through an array of programs and projects, including convening the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness and leading the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness Program.

What does Eva’s mean by ‘homeless or at-risk of homelessness’?

Homeless youth are those:

  • without physical shelter – living on the street; sleeping outdoors; staying in shelters and emergency hostels; temporarily staying with friends or ‘couch surfing.’

Youth at-risk are:

  • living where there is family conflict or violence
  • living in overcrowded conditions, physically unsafe dwellings, or illegal dwellings
  • living in a household that is paying so much for housing that there is no money left over for other necessities
  • vulnerable to losing their housing for economic, behavioural, addictions, and/or mental or physical health reasons.
  • Community organizations working with young people in age groups between 15 and 30
  • Organizations working with youth in the housing, health, community services, employment and training, justice, and/or education sectors
  • Organizations working with homeless or at-risk youth in large, medium or smaller-sized urban areas
  • Organizations working with Aboriginal youth on- or off-reserve, as well as organizations operating in rural or northern communities

Who is eligible for a $25,000 award?

Programs or initiatives nominated for this award should be operational for one or more years to have sufficient evidence of preventing, reducing and/or ending youth homelessness.

Applicants must be an incorporated non-profit organization in Canada, or a registered charity or an organization sponsored by, or affiliated with, a registered charity.

How do we nominate a program or initiative?

  • Nomination forms can be downloaded from evasinitiatives.com, or requested from awards@evas.ca
  • Use the nomination form to describe an initiative or program in your organization that is successful in preventing, reducing or ending youth homelessness. The initiative must be operational in 2014 with evidence of results to date.
  • Applications are due by email to awards@evas.ca no later than 9 pm EST on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
  • Send accompanying documents, such as financial statements or annual report, by email or letter mail, postmarked no later than Thursday January 15, 2015. Mailing address is: Eva’s Initiatives, 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 370, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7  Attention:  Awards Program. If emailing a very large document, send it as an attachment in a separate email.

Who chooses the winners?

Eva’s Initiatives has convened a National Review Panel with members from across the country who have extensive experience working with homeless youth and are leaders in ending youth homelessness in Canada. Winners will be announced in March 2015.

What will the National Review Panel look for?

  • Evidence that the initiative works primarily with youth and has been operational for a year or more
  • Innovative service delivery
  • Systems change initiatives and collaborative partnerships
  • Initiatives fostering greater social inclusion of youth
  • Evidence of positive impacts for youth
  • Evidence of a system for measuring results and outcome

Preference may be given to organizations who are not already participating in other ventures supported by Eva’s Initiatives including the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness program and the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness.

For more information contact:

Deborah Hierlihy
Awards Coordinator
awards@evas.ca
(613) 471-1348

Our Sponsor

Eva’s Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness are generously sponsored by the Sprott Foundation in collaboration with Virgin Unite.

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

2013 Winners Awards English

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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

 

Les Habitations L’Escalier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Niagara Resource Service for Youth

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Project s.t.e.p.

 

 

 

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

YWCA Metro Vancouver

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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Choices for Youth

Choices For YouthChoices for Youth, providing community housing and lifestyle development supports for youth inSt. John’s NL.

The initiative: Train for Trades is a 10 month employment program that uses construction and energy efficiency retro-fit as the vehicle to train and employ youth through:

  • Basic safety and construction training for youth participants, including training in framing, insulation and vapour barriers
  • Undertaking home energy efficiency retro-fits for low income families in partnership with a local social housing provider, public sector union, government agencies, community organizations and local businesses
  • Intensive support to help youth navigate a personal plan for success and attain the stability they need to move forward in their lives, and overcome their own barriers

Impact for youth:

  • Reduced homelessness
  • Job related training, wages, and employment experience in the trades
  • Higher level of education through access to on-site GED program and opportunities to pursue post secondary education, training, and apprenticeship programs
  • Learning strategies to encourage social enterprise and self employment opportunities for youth
  • Reduced dependency on income support programs