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Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is a regional health authority providing health services to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Services include primary care, acute care, public health, as well as mental health and substance use services.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority est un service de santé régional procurant des services de santé à plus d’un million de résidants de la C-B. vivant à Vancouver et dans les environs. Les services comprennent : soins de première ligne, soins de courte durée, santé publique, et également services de santé mentale et de toxicomanie.

CallOut

The initiative

CALL Out! (Creating Action, Learning and Leadership for LGBTQ2+ Youth) is a health promotion and capacity building initiative that engages youth, families and communities. This prevention initiative aims to mitigate circumstances that may cause family rejection and homelessness among LGBT2Q+ youth. The focus is on early intervention to minimize isolation and disconnection while increasing positive adult supports and building resilience in youth.  Key components of Phase 1 include:

  • Preventing harmful substance use among LGBTQ2+ youth by engaging partner agencies across the province and creating opportunities for youth to engage with safe, supportive, sober/substance use-free environments
  • Fostering socio-emotional learning and leadership skills among LGBTQ2+ youth communities to promote health and wellness and prevent illicit substance use
  • Building capacity of parents and other supportive adults and community groups to support LGBTQ2+ youth in their healthy development.

Looking ahead to Phase 2, the focus will be on enhanced engagement of key stakeholders, such as schools and faith based organizations to address some of the root causes of family rejection, harassment, violence, homelessness and social exclusion as well as factors that can lead to mental health concerns, distress, hopelessness, and substance use problems. Strategies will include networking opportunities, resources, and education for service providers, parents, caregivers, educators, and faith based organizations.

L’initiative

CALL Out! (Creating Action, Learning and Leadership for LGBTQ2+ Youth) – Créer Action, Apprentissage et Leadership pour LGBTQ2+ Jeunes – est une initiative centrée sur la promotion de la santé et le renforcement des capacités, qui sollicite la participation des jeunes, des familles et des communautés. Cette initiative préventive vise à atténuer les circonstances qui peuvent causer le rejet familial et l’itinérance parmi les LGBT2Q+ jeunes. Elle met l’accent sur une intervention précoce afin de minimiser isolation et rupture des liens tout en assurant plus de soutien positif aux adultes et en renforçant la capacité de résilience chez les jeunes. Voici les principales composantes de la Phase 1 :

  • Prévenir l’abus d’alcool et d’autres drogues chez LGBTQ2+ jeunes grâce à la participation des organismes partenaires à l’échelle de la province et en offrant aux jeunes des possibilités de s’intégrer dans des milieux sécuritaires, supervisés, sans consommation d’alcool et de drogues.
  • Favoriser l’apprentissage socio-émotionnel et les compétences de leadership  chez les communautés LGBTQ2+ jeunes afin de promouvoir santé et bien-être et prévenir la consommation de substances illicites.
  • Renforcer les capacités des parents, des autres adultes compatissants et des groupes communautaires afin d’apporter du soutien à LGBTQ2+ jeunes pour un développement sain.

Pour ce qui est de la Phase 2, on mettra l’accent sur le renforcement de l’engagement des principaux intervenants, tels que écoles, organismes confessionnels afin de s’attaquer à certaines des causes profondes du rejet familial, du harcèlement, de la violence, de l’itinérance et de l’exclusion sociale tout comme aux facteurs qui peuvent mener à des problèmes de santé mentale, à la détresse, au désespoir, et à des problèmes de toxicomanie. Parmi les stratégies, mentionnons des possibilités de réseautage, des ressources et de la formation pour les fournisseurs de services, parents, personnel soignant, éducateurs, et organismes confessionnels.

Impact for youth

  • Increased connectedness with family and school environments with a focus on these environments being safe and supportive for LGBT2Q+ youth
  • Opportunities for LBGT2Q+ youth to engage in leadership opportunities
  • Opportunities for engagement in meaningful projects, skills development, and empowerment opportunities.
  • More capacity within urban, rural and remote service networks in the province to provide support to LGBT2Q+ youth
  • Better access to services tailored to trans and gender diverse youth and families
  • Improved access to psycho-educational workshops and growing community networks to support emotional health and wellness for youth, families, and service providers.

Répercussions chez les jeunes

  • Meilleures relations avec la famille et les milieux scolaires centrées sur le fait que ces milieux soient sécuritaires et d’un grand soutien pour LGBT2Q+ jeunes
  • Occasions pour LBGT2Q+ jeunes de participer à des possibilités de leadership
  • Occasions de s’engager dans des projets importants, dans le développement des compétences, et possibilités d’accéder à l’autonomie
  • Renforcement des capacités au sein des réseaux urbains, ruraux et de service à distance dans la province afin d’apporter du soutien au LGBT2Q+ jeunes
  • Meilleur accès aux services conçus pour les jeunes et les familles transgenres
  • Accès amélioré aux ateliers psychoéducatifs et aux réseaux communautaires en croissance afin d’apporter du soutien en matière de santé émotionnelle et de bien-être aux jeunes, aux familles, et aux fournisseurs de services.

Toronto Foundation for Student Success for Oasis Skateboard Factory

The Oasis Skateboard Factory is a Toronto District School Board alternative school design program where students earn high school credits by creating their own board and running a skateboard design business.

L’Oasis Skateboard Factory (Usine de planche à roulettes Oasis) est un programme de design offert dans une école alternative par le conseil scolaire du  district de Toronto, qui permet aux étudiants d’accumuler des crédits au secondaire grâce à la création de leur propre planche et à l’administration d’une entreprise de design de planche à roulettes.

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What participants say

I feel so proud. Since I’m getting my artwork out there, I feel like I’m somebody.

Before, I wasn’t the happiest kid in the world, but now that I’m here, suddenly everything feels really great.

I used to not know what I wanted to do when I’m older, but now I’ve found doing what I love at school. I really enjoy coming to school now and get excited about coming.

Témoignages des participants

Je suis tellement fier de moi. Depuis que je travaille sur ma maquette à cet endroit, je me sens quelqu’un de bien.

Avant, j’étais Ie jeune le plus malheureux du monde, mais depuis que je suis ici, tout à coup tout a changé et m’enchante.

Je ne savais pas ce que j’allais faire plus tard, mais maintenant j’ai découvert ce qui me plaît à l’école. J’ai beaucoup de plaisir à m’y rendre et juste à y penser, ça m’excite!

The initiative

Oasis Skateboard Factory (Oasis Alternative School) uses skateboards and street art as a catalyst for hard to engage youth to reconnect with the education system and graduate from high school.  The initiative:

  • Offers at-risk youth who are involved in skateboarding and street art the chance to excel in school
  • Turns an extracurricular interest in urban culture into a catalyst for applied learning
  • Allows students to earn high school credits by designing, building and marketing their own skateboards and creating skateboarding zines
  • Teaches students how to run a cooperative design business
  • Facilitates connections between students and community partners such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and local businesses
  • Helps students reach their goals, whether those goals are to obtain credits, enter the work force, graduate from high school, or go on to post-secondary education
  • Matches youth with mentors within the community thereby offering an opportunity to work alongside local entrepreneurs
  • Connects students to support services when needed.

Impact for youth

  • Marginalized and disengaged youth re-engage in education and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the working world
  • Over 90 percent of students enrolled complete their courses. Over the last two years, the program had a 100% course completion rate (and completion of requirements for Ontario Secondary School Diplomas)
  • Many students go on to apprenticeships, jobs, and post-secondary institutions
  • Youth develop entrepreneurial skills and apply them in the real world.

L’Initiative

À L’Oasis Skateboard Factory (École alternative Oasis) la planche à roulette et l’art de la rue s’avèrent de puissants catalyseurs pour la réinsertion des jeunes dans le système scolaire et l’obtention de leur diplôme d’études secondaires.

  • Offre aux jeunes à risque qui s’intéressent à la planche à roulettes et à l’art de rue la chance de performer à l’école
  • Transforme un intérêt parascolaire dans la culture urbaine en un catalyseur à l’apprentissage appliqué
  • Permet aux étudiants d’accumuler des crédits au secondaire grâce au design, à la construction et au marketing de leurs propres planches à roulettes, et à la création de magazines en ligne sur la planche à roulettes
  • Enseigne aux étudiants comment administrer une entreprise coopérative en design
  • Facilite les relations entre les étudiants et les partenaires communautaires tels que l’Art Gallery of Ontario et les entreprises locales
  • Aide les étudiants à atteindre leurs objectifs, que ce soit d’obtenir des crédits, d’entrer sur le marché du travail, d’obtenir leur diplôme d’études secondaires, ou de poursuivre leurs études postsecondaires.
  • Jumelle les jeunes avec des mentors au sein de la communauté, donnant ainsi l’occasion de travailler aux côtés d’entrepreneurs locaux.
  • Achemine les étudiants vers des services de soutien si nécessaires.

Répercussions chez les jeunes

  • Les jeunes marginalisés et désengagés reprennent leurs études et acquièrent les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour réussir dans le monde du travail.
  • Plus de 90 pourcent des étudiants inscrits terminent leurs cours. Durant les deux dernières années, le programme a obtenu un taux d’assiduité de 100% (et l’atteinte des exigences requises pour l’obtention des Diplômes d’études secondaires en Ontario)
  • De nombreux étudiants se dirigent vers des stages d’apprentissage, des emplois, des établissements d’études secondaires
  • Les jeunes acquièrent des compétences entrepreneuriales et les mettent en pratique dans le monde réel.

Niwasa Aboriginal Education Programs

Niwasa Aboriginal Education Programs provides culture based educational services to Aboriginal children, youth and families. Services ranges from early years programs through to supports for youth in secondary schools.

Niwasa Aboriginal Education Programs fournit aux enfants, jeunes et familles autochtones des services éducatifs basés sur leur culture. Ces services débutent par des programmes offerts dès le bas âge et se poursuivent par du soutien aux jeunes dans les écoles secondaires.

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The initiative

NYA: WEH—Native Youth Advancement With Education Hamilton is an urban based stay-in-school program to support First Nation, Métis and Inuit students attending secondary school. NYA:WEH is supporting over 250 youth in 5 secondary schools in the Hamilton area (2014-15). The initiative is partnership between Niwasa Educational Programs and the Hamilton Wentworth District school Board. The school board provides space within the schools and supports staffing salaries. NYA:WEH seeks to:

  • Address challenges facing Aboriginal youth in achieving success in school, including trauma, teen pregnancy, lack of family engagement, poverty, lack of Aboriginal guidance counsellors, and a lack of resources for Aboriginal alternative programs
  • Provide safe space for Aboriginal youth to seek cultural teachings, have a hot lunch, and work on school tasks within a comfortable and supportive setting
  • Engage youth through a variety of activities and provide personal, social and educational support
  • Encourage family involvement in their children’s education
  • Link students with Elders and Traditional Helpers whenever possible.

NYA:WEH has Aboriginal youth advisors within the high schools to advocate on behalf of the youth around mental health, addictions, homelessness and other individual problems and provide referrals and linkages to community services.

L’initiative

NYA: WEH—Native Youth Advancement With Education Hamilton – Promotion de la jeunesse autochtone grâce à Education Hamilton – est un programme urbain basé sur l’importance des études apportant du soutien aux étudiants du secondaire des Premières nations, Métis et Inuits. NYA:WEH aide plus de 250 jeunes répartis dans 5 écoles secondaires dans la région de Hamilton (2014-15). L’initiative bénéficie du partenariat entre les Niwasa Educational Programs et le Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Le conseil scolaire pourvoit de l’espace nécessaire au sein des écoles et assure la dotation du personnel. NYA:WEH vise à :

  • Répondre aux défis auxquels font face les jeunes autochtones pour réussir leurs études, notamment événement traumatisant, grossesse précoce, absence d’engagement familial, pauvreté, manque de conseillers d’orientation autochtones et de ressources pour les programmes alternatifs autochtones
  • Procurer un espace sécuritaire aux jeunes autochtones afin que les jeunes autochtones bénéficient des enseignements culturels, aient un repas chaud, et puissent faire leurs devoirs scolaires dans un milieu environnant confortable et d’un grand soutien
  • Faire participer les jeunes à une variété d’activités et leur procurer du soutien sur les plans personnel, social et pédagogique
  • Encourager la collaboration de la famille à l’éducation de leurs enfants
  • Établir des liens entre les étudiants et les Aînés et les Aides traditionnelles si possible.

NYA:WEH a des conseillers autochtones au sein des écoles secondaires afin de défendre les intérêts des jeunes en matière de santé mentale, toxicomanie, itinérance et autres problèmes personnels, et de les orienter vers les services communautaires et y établir des liens.

Impact for youth

  • Support to graduate from high school:  In the past 12 years, the program has seen a growth in the number of Aboriginal students graduating from high school each year, from 4 in the year before the program was launched to 38 graduates in 2014.
  • Increased success with mainstream education linked to cultural programming within the school setting
  • Increased traditional knowledge improving one’s own cultural identity and self esteem
  • Reduction in barriers that jeopardize success at the secondary school level
  • Encouragement and assistance to pursue post secondary education
  • Connections with employment, co-op and volunteer opportunities.

Répercussions chez les jeunes

  • Soutien pour l’obtention du diplôme d’études secondaires : au cours des 12 dernières années, le programme a connu une croissance quant au nombre d’étudiants autochtones ayant obtenu leur diplôme chaque année, passant de 4 élèves l’année précédant le lancement du programme à 38 finissants en 2014.
  • Succès accru de l’enseignement régulier lié au programme culturel au sein de l’établissement scolaire
  • Accroissement des connaissances traditionnelles qui améliore leur propre identité culturelle et l’estime de soi.
  • Réduction des obstacles qui compromettent le succès au niveau du secondaire
  • Encouragement et aide pour poursuivre des études postsecondaires.
  • Relations permettant de possibilités d’emploi, de coopératives et de bénévolat.

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.

Welcome

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.

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.

“Initiatives to prevent, reduce and end 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 pm EST, Wednesday January 29, 2014.

For more information please contact:<
Deborah Hierlihy
Awards Coordinator
awards@evas.ca
(613) 471-1348

Eligibility/ Admissibilité

Who can apply?

  • 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

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.

Qui peut poser sa candidature pour un prix de 25 000 $?

  • Organismes communautaires œuvrant auprès de jeunes âgés de 15 à 30 ans inclusivement.
  • Organismes qui s’occupent des jeunes en leur offrant des services communautaires, liés au logement et à la santé, ou qui interviennent en matière d’emploi et de formation, de justice ou d’éducation.
  • Organismes œuvrant auprès de jeunes sans abri dans les grands, moyens ou petits centres urbains.
  • Organismes qui s’occupent de jeunes Autochtones à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur des réserves et aussi de ceux qui sont établis dans les collectivités rurales ou nordiques.

Les candidats doivent être des organismes canadiens sans but lucratif constitués en société; des organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés ou parrainés par un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré au Canada ou y être affiliés.

Overview / Aperçu

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
  • 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.

À propos des Prix

Eva’s Initiatives et la fondation Sprott, en collaboration avec Virgin Unite, ont le plaisir d’offrir quatre prix de 25 000 $ chacun à des organismes qui s’occupent de jeunes sans abri ou à risque de le devenir.

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

  • Dépassent le stade de simplement assurer les besoins essentiels des jeunes sans abri ou à risque 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 incorporant des services de soutien tels que : logement, éducation, emploi, relations familiales, et interventions afin de traiter des problèmes de santé mentale ou de toxicomanie.

 

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