Tackling youth homelessness
- By Jack Preston -
- May 23, 2012
The Eva’s Initiatives’ Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness, which is supported by Virgin Unite and the Sprott Foundation, has announced the four organisations to receive prize funding of $25,000 to support their work with homeless and at risk groups.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Choices for Youth, The Back Door and Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier have all been recognised for their fantastic work, with the organisations keen to further their work in the sector.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited is based in London and works with around 4,000 young people each year to provide training, skills development, supports and referrals to assist youth in developing their potential and leading positive lives.
Choices for Youth works on reducing youth homelessness by providing community housing and lifestyle development. The ten month employment programme uses construction and efficiency retro-fit as the vehicle to train and employ youth workers.
The Back Door offers cultural integration for street dependent young people by investing in youth who are developing and pursuing their own life goals related to housing, employment, legal, health, leadership, identification, finances, drug and alcohol use, education and volunteering.
Finally, Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier is a multi-service centre for 16 to 35 year olds in Québec City providing 27 units of transitional housing, social enterprise café, woodworking shop, circus art program, collective kitchen and garden, and arts initiatives.
To find out more about their work visit the Eva’s Initiatives’ Awards website.