TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Eva's Initiatives, the Sprott Foundation
and Virgin Unite (Canada), Inc. are pleased to offer four awards of
$25,000 each for organizations working with homeless and at-risk youth.
"In 2006, Eva's Initiatives launched the Awards for Innovation, through generous sponsorship from CIBC," explained Rachel Gray, Eva's
Director of National Initiatives.
Six years of the Innovation Awards recognized the achievements of 18
organizations from coast to coast to coast. "Because of the inspiration
and learning from this experience, we have shifted our focus for this
new awards program," said Gray.
With the launch of the 2012 program, Eva's and our partners Virgin Unite and the Sprott Foundation are putting the spotlight on what works in terms of preventing and ending the homelessness that youth experience. This focus challenges us all to
think beyond the emergency needs of vulnerable youth. The goal of
ending homelessness means equipping youth in multiple domains of their
lives to achieve greater and longer lasting stability. It also means
program impacts that have results on different levels—from housing
outcomes, for example, to skill building, employment, improved health
and other outcomes.
The goal of the awards is to recognize community initiatives that are:
Moving beyond responding to the most basic needs of homeless and at-risk
Demonstrating significant impacts in the lives of vulnerable youth
Delivering programs or services aimed at preventing youth homelessness
Breaking the cycle of homelessness among youth by integrating supports
such as: housing, education, employment, family connections, and
interventions to address mental health concerns and/or addictions .
"Young Canadians deserve to have the best possible opportunities to grow
and thrive. These awards will acknowledge and support organizations
that make a difference, whose efforts look down the road to the end of
a young person's homelessness," Gray said.
The deadline for applications is 9 p.m. EST, Friday January 20th, 2012. For more information on eligibility or to download applications,
please see our awards website at http://awards.evasinitiatives.com or our main website at www.evasinitiatives.com.
Eva's Initiatives works with homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24,
to get them off the streets permanently. Each year we help over 5,000
homeless and at-risk youth through our emergency and transitional
housing, harm reduction services, counselling, employment and training
programs, social enterprise, and services to reconnect youth with their
Eva's Initiatives Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness are generously
supported by the Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite (Canada), Inc.
SOURCE Virgin Unite
For further information:
or to inquire about interviews, please contact Rachel Gray, Director of National Initiatives at (416) 977-4497 x 127