Youth Development

Youth Development

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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Creating the Conditions for Lasting Change

Program & Systems Design, Research & Evaluation, Youth Development

nunavut2Iqaluit, Nunavut is an incredible place. It has one of the most youthful demographics in Canada. It also has a vibrant and energetic community of locals who care deeply about the future of their young people. Despite this, Iqaluit is an under-serviced city with respect to child and youth programming. TNC recently had the honour of helping to change that, in a small but important way.

This was a dream project. And this is why. Read More