Program & Systems Design

Program & Systems Design

Explaining Collective Impact

Collective Impact, Program & Systems Design



Imagine you go to visit a town full of thriving, interesting shops and busy parks.  You wander past a bustling new elementary school.  Eventually, your walk brings you to the edge of town, where you notice  something incongruous – a huge, straight, ugly wall.  It is a very tall wall, and it stretches as far as you can see in either direction.  It isn’t easy to determine the materials used to make the wall, but it is dirty and grey, completely shear, and very strong.  There are no doors in the wall, and no obvious ways to climb it.   Read More

What Does Housing First Mean for Youth?

Program & Systems Design, Youth Development

TNC_Website_programBest practice literature indicates that Housing First is the preferred housing model for people who require intensive supports and are experiencing chronic homelessness. Housing First has gained wide acceptance and has been identified as “best practice” by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Cities across Canada and the U.S. are in the process of transitioning to a Housing First model, which has serious implications on the livelihood of other housing models, such as shelters and transitional housing. While this shift is grounded in research that has clearly demonstrated the benefits of Housing First, there is very little literature about the effectiveness of Housing First models with youth populations. Read More

Why Youth Focussed Action Plans to End Homelessness Matter

Anti-Poverty Strategies, Mental Health & Addictions, Program & Systems Design, Youth Development

TNC was contracted by United Way KFL&A to help them develop an Action Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Kingston and Area. This project was part of a national program called Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness (MLC), being led by Eva’s Initiatives, the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, and the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. I was proud to work alongside United Way KFL&A on this project. To read the Draft Action Plan and learn about our process, click here!

   Read the Action Here!

Read the Action Plan Here!

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