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Ending Youth Homelessness in Kingston & Area

Youth Homelessness Awareness Day in Kingston

During National Youth Week, Kingston City Council declared May 3rd , 2016 Youth Homelessness Awareness Day in Kingston.

To mark the day, the United Way hosted a reception, sponsored in part by City of Kingston at Memorial Hall (City Hall). The event featured several guests speakers, including Mayor Bryan Paterson, discussing the importance of this issue in our community. A video was created and presented by Thalia Danielson, which documented the stories of actual youth and what they have been through.

Youth Homelessness Awareness Video

 2016 Youth Homelessness Awareness Day in Kingston Photos

Proclamation Letter

Proclamation

Youth Homelessness Documents

Working closely with a steering committee and a youth committee, United Way of KFLA has been providing backbone coordination on a Youth Collective Impact initiative, Ending Youth Homelessness in Kingston and Area.

In 2014 a Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Kingston and Area was released. This plan was framed by the voice of local youth, with input from front-line service providers, funders, community members, youth. The Action Plan is included below and includes strategies with clear goals, objectives, implementation steps and timelines.  An update has been added, which includes implementation, a theory of change, management and governance and a creative campaign to increase awareness about the issue.  For more information, please contact us at youth@unitedwaykfla.ca or call us at 613-542-2674.

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Video: Ending Youth Homelessness

Background

In December 2012, Kingston was selected to be one of two communities (the second being Kamloops B.C.) to participate in a national pilot project, with the objective to develop a plan on mobilizing local capacity to end youth homelessness in mid-sized communities.

Eva’s Initiatives, the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, and the Catherine Donnelly Foundation are partners in this new program to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness in communities across Canada. Eva’s hosts the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness Program (MLC) providing fiscal and administrative coordination for the program.

The project focuses on youth between the ages of 15-24 years. As much as data and recordkeeping permits, youth have been categorized into the following age groups for the Kingston pilot: 15-19 years & 20-24 years.

Steering Committee and Youth Council

The committee meets monthly. Additionally there are sub-committees working on specific strategies.

A Youth Council provides the voice of youth, identifying barriers and solutions.

Forums

The Steering Committee looked at engaging youth and stakeholders through two community forums focusing on the “Strength & Resiliency” of youth who are homeless.

The first forum “For Youth, By Youth” was held on November 14, 2013.

Download: A Presentation on Mobilizing Local Capacity To End Youth Homelessness

Youth Planning Committee

A Youth Planning Committee has been formed with youth, including those with lived experience. Members of this committee work with Steering Committee representatives to organize the Youth Forum. They have also undertaken a project that films personal stories, potentially tapping into a high school media arts program as a resource.

Community Forum

The second forum was held On May 23, 2014. It was organized by the Steering Committee, in with input and participation by the Youth Planning Committee. This forum included youth, service providers, other stakeholders and the general public.

Previous versions of the plans below include best local and national practices:

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