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Ending Youth Homelessness – A 2015 Update


Initiated in Kamloops, BC, a national plan to end youth homelessness has evolved over the last several years. It is called “A Way Home” and it is dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

A Way Home is not just another autonomous national organization competing for resources and public attention. Rather, it is an outcome of active collaboration between a range of national partners, all of whom bring expertise, resources, national profile and members to support the work of A Way Home. Guided by a small and focused coalition secretariat, coalition partners work together to support communities in planning and implementing solutions, engage governments and the general public, all with the ultimate goal of supporting A Way Home’s vision of preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

A Way Home works by inspiring and enabling communities and all levels of government through a Collective Impact framework to organize, plan and implement strategies to address youth homelessness in a coordinated, measurable and impactful way. By strengthening families and building the assets and resilience of youth, we can help young people avoid homelessness and make a healthy transition to adulthood.

The work of A Way Home is achieved by building on the existing strengths of partners, community engagement and innovation, and a strong commitment to ending youth homelessness that is emerging across the country. The Coalition believes that by aligning the strategies and resources of leading stakeholders seeking to address homelessness in Canada, it can prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness.

Free! Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Symposium

Free! Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Symposium
Thursday, September 24, 2015,
9:30 am to 3:00 pm

First Metropolitan United Church Hall, 932 Balmoral Road at Quadra.  Entry to Hall off Balmoral.  Parking is limited.
No cost.  Registration includes refreshments and lunch.

Through speakers, panels and films, participants will gain an understanding of these issues in Victoria and will learn what resources are available.  This event will appeal to youth workers, counsellors, students, those who work with immigrants and refugees, service clubs and individuals who would like to learn more.

Confirmed presenters: Mobile Youth Support Team (MYST) Constable; Pacific Centre Family Services CRED project; RCMP Film; Children of the Street Society, Coquitlam; Deborah’s Gate, Vancouver; BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons; Victoria Boys and Girls Club; (PEERS), and others.