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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.

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.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna and District

The Canadian Mental Health Association facilitates access to the resources individuals require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

CMHA Kelowna

“CB25 helped me get back in touch with community and society. Not a lot of opportunities for me to get in touch with a normal style of life. Possible career paths have opened up, like I’m thinking about culinary stuff. I got that through Supper Club.” – Participant

 The initiative :

Connected by 25 : Supporting Successful Transitions to Adulthood for Vulnerable Young People in the Central Okanagen. This initiative focuses on the needs of youth aged 16 to 24 who are at risk of falling through the cracks as they transitional to adulthood and facilitates access to the supports they need. Key objectives of the program:

  • Build the individual capacity of the youth, focussing on relationships, skills, knowledge, and abilities, in order to enhance their resiliency and reduce risk as they transition to adulthood
  • Build community capacity to ensure that young people who require support services can access them
  • Work towards systemic and policy reform to ensure that those in the 16 to 24 age group have a system of care that is responsive to their needs and a voice in the policy issues that directly affect them, including poverty, a living wage, employment, and lack of affordable housing.

Impact for youth:

  • Staff support in navigating complicated youth and adult mental health systems
  • Support in navigating income support system
  • Accessing the right kind of help when needed
  • Preventing homelessness
  • Identifying barriers experienced by youth transitioning to adulthood that can be addressed by the community, thus resulting in better protocols, coordination and policy
  • Increased inter-agency collaboration as individuals connected with youth services become too old to be served by one organization and require linkages to new supports.

Results from 2 year pilot phase:

  • 100 % of youth engaged with the program reported increased knowledge of community based resources for adults and connection to community resources
  • 88% reported an increase in life skills knowledge and development
  • 75% reported an increase in overall health and wellness

LOFT Community Services

LOFT promotes independence and recovery for individuals with multiple challenges including mental health, addiction, physical health and homelessness issues. LOFT offers support services including transitional and longer term housing.

“Thanks to LOFT, I went back to school. Got my high school diploma. And I’m inches away from a degree in social work from George Brown College. Pretty great, right? Well, it’s just the beginning. Next, I’m applying to the nursing program at George Brown. I really hope I get in. Me, a nurse. Helping others. Not just a job, but a career. And a stable, meaningful, good life.” – Participant, TAY Program

The Initiative

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program which focuses on youth aged 18 to 24 experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues. The key to the program is developing an empathetic, hopeful and continuous client-worker relationship and coordination of support across sectors. The program serves about 200 youth per year offering a range of supports including case management, system navigation, assistance with the activities of daily living, advocacy and access to housing.

Impact for youth:

  • Increased sense of hope, self esteem and emotional development
  •  Goal setting among youth with renewed focus on re-engaging with school, becoming employed, gaining financial self sufficiency, getting ‘a place of their own’
  • Increase in involvement in vocational roles (employment, pre-employment, skills training, volunteering, etc.)
  • Increase in involvement in educational roles (GED, college, university, school readiness program, etc)
  • Increase in proportion of youth living in safe housing
  • Increase in physical and mental health supports being accessed by the youth

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.

 

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