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Youth Impact Jeunesse Inc.

Youth Impact Jeunesse offers 19 programs for youth 10 to 24 years across 5 different New Brunswick communities. The programs fall into three different service streams: residential, community outreach and Youth Quest (for homeless youth).

Youth Impact Jeunesse offre 19 programmes aux jeunes de 10 à 24 ans au sein de 5 communautés différentes au Nouveau- Brunswick. Les programmes se concentrent sur les trois services suivants : résidentiels, approche communautaire et Youth Quest (pour des jeunes sans abri).

When I first went I thought I would end up only going once and never continue, but there was something different about Youth QUEST. The environment and atmosphere was very welcoming. In the end everyone was like a little family, and the staff were always willing to help any way they could.

Quand j’y suis allé pour la première fois, j’ai pensé que j’allai abandonner aussitôt et ne jamais revenir, mais il y avait quelque chose de différent chez Youth QUEST. Il y avait une ambiance très chaleureuse. En fin de compte, chacun constituait une sorte de petite famille, et le personnel toujours disponible déployait tous les efforts possibles pour nous aider.

The initiative

Youth Quest Central offers at-risk and homeless youth a safe, non-judgemental environment that fosters a sense of belonging and social inclusion. The goal is to intersect with youth who appear to be in a downward spiral and transform their future prospects.  Key facets of Youth Quest Central:

  • Bilingual “one stop shop” for youth offering services to meet physical, mental health and social needs
  • Services range from laundry, shower, clothing and food, to use of computers and recreational programs, to counselling in the organization’s case management and drug Intervention programs, to education and employment supports
  • Co-located with the administrative office of the organization’s transitional housing program and other employment and educational supports programs.

Youth impact Jeunesse logo

Impact for youth

  • Over 7800 visits to Youth Quest Central in 2014 which represents use of the centre by 485 youth
  • Access to basic personal and emergency services and supplies
  • Linkages to transitional housing
  • Access to educational programming including writing GED exam (high school equivalency)
  • Entry point to a variety of mental health, physical health and lifestyle supports tailored to the individual needs of the young person.

L’initiative

Youth Quest Central offre aux jeunes à risque et sans abri un environnement sécuritaire et sans préjugés qui favorise un sentiment d’appartenance et d’inclusion sociale. Elle a pour but d’aller à la rencontre de jeunes qui sont dans une spirale négative et de transformer leurs perspectives d’avenir. Les principaux aspects de Youth Quest Central sont les suivants :

  •   Un guichet unique bilingue destiné aux jeunes, offrant des services pour répondre à leurs besoins physiques, sociaux et en santé mentale
  •   Les services sont très variés allant de laverie, douche, vêtements et nourriture, jusqu’à l’utilisation d’ordinateurs et de programmes récréatifs, et à du counselling pour l’organisation de gestion de cas et programmes d’intervention en toxicomanie, et du soutien éducatif et professionnel
  •   Bureau commun avec le bureau administratif de l’organisation du programme des logements de transition et autres programmes de soutien en emploi et éducation.

Répercussions chez les jeunes

  • En 2014, Youth Quest Central a reçu plus de 7 800 visiteurs ce qui signifie que 485 jeunes ont eu recours au centre.
  • Accès au personnel de base, aux services et approvisionnements d’urgence
  • Établissement de liens vers les logements de transition
  • Accès à la programmation éducative, y compris se présenter à l’examen GED (équivalence d’études secondaires)
  • Point d’entrée à une variété de services de soutien en santé mentale et physique, et style de vie conçus selon le besoins personnels du jeune.

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.

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.

History




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.

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

Les Habitations L’Escalier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le gagnant – Les Habitations L’Escalier, un organisme d’emploi destiné aux jeunes, et exerçant ses activités à Montréal et en Estrie

Depuis plusieurs mois, j’habite à la maison d’hébergement l’Escalier. Je travaille aux Distributions l’Escalier, c’est ma première job! Grâce à cet emploi, j’ai pu aller travailler de temps en temps à la ferme aux Champêtreries. Ici à la ferme, on n’a pas le choix de se bouger et d’apprendre! J’ai pu aussi rencontrer de nouvelles personnes. Cet endroit me permet de me reposer et de fuir le stress de la ville.  J’aime ça, je peux réfléchir à mon avenir, après cette expérience, je voudrais retourner à l’école. Les intervenants sont très contents de mon travail et ça me donne confiance. Maintenant, je sais trier des oignons, je ne savais même pas que ça se triait ces affaires-là!!

L’initiative – La Ferme aux Champêtreries, un programme d’employabilité pour les jeunes adultes âgés de 18 à 30 ans éprouvant des difficultés d’insertion au marché du travail en raison d’une faible scolarité, de leur manque d’expérience de travail, de leur problème de dépendance antérieur, de l’instabilité familiale ou de leur situation de précarité économique.

  • Stage rémunéré d’une durée de 6 mois sur une ferme
  • Partenariats avec les employeurs locaux de la région facilitant aux participants la recherche d’emploi à la fin de leur stage

Répercussions chez les jeunes –

  • Développement de compétences transférables sur le plan technique, personnel et social
  • Acquisition d’expérience de travail en horticulture, agriculture, transformation alimentaire, distribution, gestion d’entrepôt, et service à la clientèle
  • Développement des compétences facilitant l’intégration dans la communauté, l’insertion socioprofessionnelle ou scolaire
  • Sentiment d’appartenance au sein d’un groupe social
  • En 2011-12 : 6 mois après leur stage, 55 % des participants étaient à l’emploi, 26 % sont retournés aux études, et 3 % ont entrepris de suivre un nouveau programme de formation à l’emploi.