Youth homelessness is an issue which cuts across the many economic, social and regional challenges faced by our province. However this is a problem with known solutions and best practices. At Choices for Youth, we are ready to tackle youth homelessness strategically through coordinated and combined efforts for prevention, better supports, and smarter interventions.
Since May 2017, Choices for Youth has been on the move, on the phone, and online with people from across the province and across Canada to better understand how we can play a role in delivering services to youth outside of St. John's. This report shares the details of our approach, profiles a number of regions and the specific challenges and opportunities within them, and invites further collaboration as we head into the next steps of this process.
Browse the report below, or click here to download.
The challenges facing youth and the drivers of youth homelessness exist across the province and require a province-wide solution. For CFY, this means two things:
Expanding our programming
Over the next three years, we’ll be working on opportunities to expand services and programs to several communities around Newfoundland and Labrador. To make that happen, we are actively looking for organizations and community leaders to partner with in order to fill gaps and ensure young people are able to access the supports they need beyond the St. John’s Metro Area.
A provincial plan for vulnerable and homeless youth
Newfoundland and Labrador has the opportunity to become a social policy leader by developing and implementing a province-wide plan to end youth homelessness. Building on our Towards A Solution report, CFY is expanding these conversations by bringing people together, gathering data, and connecting communities with national and international partners.
You Can Help
As a critical step in this work, Choices for Youth wants to get a sense of what some of the opportunities might be for partnerships, and cultivate a community of individuals and organizations who are already doing work to support at-risk and homeless youth (ages 16-29) around the province. While the We Are Ready report offers a comprehensive starting point for this work there are many more conversation to have.
Do you have an idea for a partnership, or your eye on a gap in services outside of St. John’s? We’d love to hear from you. To get in touch directly, you can reach out to our Provincial Expansion Coordinator, Joshua Smee anytime. If you'd like to make a donation to this work, click here.