The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness

Historically, communities and governments in Canada and the United States have relied heavily on emergency services and crisis responses to support young people who are homeless. Communities use a range of crisis supports and interventions, including emergency shelters, day programs, and other services, such as law enforcement, which typically do not form a cohesive system. While the language of homelessness prevention is sometimes used in policy circles in North America, it is rarely well-conceptualized and has not been a priority in most jurisdictions. In this report, the case is made that the imbalance of investment in crisis intervention over prevention is highly problematic, especially for the well-being of the young people affected by youth homelessness.

The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness helps to fill this gap in our knowledge. It is designed to help service providers, policy makers, communities, advocates, and researchers better understand the meaning of youth homelessness prevention through the provision of a clear definition and a common language for policy and practice.

The Roadmap offers guidance on the following:

  • What is youth homelessness prevention, and what is it not?
  • Who is responsible for youth homelessness prevention?
  • What are systems approaches to prevention?
  • What program models and interventions exist?
  • What is the evidence for youth homelessness prevention?

The Roadmap aims to function as a useful guide to the critical role that prevention should play in a comprehensive systems response to youth homelessness, detailing evidence-based and informed program models that will help communities and governments to implement plans to prevent and end youth homelessness. Finally, the Roadmap has been directly informed by consultations with youth who have experienced homelessness across Canada. In order to reform our response to youth homelessness, it is critical that youths’ voices, experiences, insights, and wisdom are the cornerstone of the work.

Authors: Stephen Gaetz, Kaitlin Schwan, Melanie Redman, David French, & Erin Dej
Published By: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press
Publication Date: 2018

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Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario @ Community Event
Jun 1 – Jun 6 all-day

Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario

Ontario’s Local Food Week takes place from June 1st – 6th, 2020.

It’s an important time as ever to support local! Celebrate the first week of June by making a special effort to buy local, support local businesses, and thank our hard-working producers across the province.

For more information about Ontario’s Local Food Approach Here

For a list of local businesses in Niagara in need of support visit here

Jun
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Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1 (Live Webinar Series) @ Webinar
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This June 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2020 training will be offered as a live webinar series

In this introductory four-day certificate program, participants will learn the main strategies for cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT). Tools discussed will include case formulation and conceptualization; identification and modification of thoughts; behaviour activation; behaviour experiments; exposure; role-playing; cognitive rehearsal; and problem-solving. This course is not specific to a particular client population or clinical disorder. It provides instruction on a set of tools that can be applied to common and more complex mental health conditions. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback, and a focus on micro-skills development.

Agenda Day 1:
Morning Session: Case formulation and conceptualization in cognitive behaviour therapy
Afternoon Session: Working with automatic thoughts

Agenda Day 2:
Morning Session: Working with underlying assumptions and core beliefs
Afternoon Session: Problem-solving therapy

Agenda Day 3:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth, continued

Agenda Day 4:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of anxiety
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of complex disorders

This program is offered by the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

AGE-WELL Epic Conference 2020 (8-Weeks, Every Tuesday & Thursday) @ Webinar
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The “Supportive Homes & Communities” Challenge Area focuses on promoting independent living through appropriate supports and services, including the design of physical spaces and the use of technology within the environment.

Chair: Frank Knoefel, Bruyère Research Institute

Commenter: Sherry Baker, Vice-Chair, Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee

Oral Presentations:

Live More SmarTech: Autonomy and independence through collaboration and technology
Naomi Zingman Daniels, University of Toronto

Smart home technology to support persons living with dementia who experience night-time wandering and their caregivers
Laura Ault, Bruyère Research Institute

Seniors’ perceptions of the robot
Zahya Idrissi, University of Sherbrooke

#AWepic2020

This conference is brought to you by Age-Well

Jun
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PORTicipate-Outdoor Activities and Games in Port Colborne @ Port Colborne
Jun 5 all-day

With the warmer weather here, the City is encouraging residents to enjoy some much-needed activity by getting outside to enjoy the current amenities open in Port Colborne. In celebration of recreation and parks month, throughout the month of June, the City of Port Colborne’s parks and recreation division will be providing the community with a new opportunity each week throughout the month of June, encouraging residents to PORTicipate.

“Now more than ever it’s important for our community to stay active and connected to the available recreation amenities in our city”, said Blair Holinaty, recreation coordinator. “Residents are encouraged to stay connected through social media, or the City’s website, to how they can PORTicipate each week by learning about the City’s parks, trails, and recreation opportunities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also prizes to be won each week!”

For week one of recreation and parks month, June 1-7, 2020, residents can play ‘Name that Tree’. Parks staff planted four tree species in H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park this spring. All submissions that name all four trees correctly, photos attached, will be entered to win a PORTicipate prize pack! Winners will be selected at random and announced on Monday, June 8, 2020.

This event is brought to you by the City of Port Colborne

The 5Five5Challenge-Pathstone Foundation @ Online Fundraiser
Jun 5 all-day

We need YOU, your family, your business, your club to come together. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect affecting three of the biggest stressors on a person’s mental health. All of our community events that support the work we do have been canceled, yet we are still here, doing our best to support kids and families across Niagara who rely on our services to support their mental health. This year, we won’t come close to answering the call without your help.

Join our challenge and donate $5, invite 5 friends, and make a 5-minute video of your most fun and awesome talents and submit them.

This fundraiser is brought to you by the Pathstone Foundation

CBD & Cannabis Update: What Counsellors and Clinicians Need To Know @ Webinar
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to answer the questions that counsellors and clinicians have, in order to help them better educate their clients. Presented by Dr. Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, who is an internationally recognized expert on medical cannabis. He will answer questions such as…

-Who benefits from cannabis/CBD and what conditions is it known to help?
-Is it safe?
-For whom is cannabis/CBD contraindicated?
-What about children, youth, people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia?
-Who is at risk for cannabis addiction?
-Differences between CBD and THC
-Why are some people prescribed CBD on its own whereas others are prescribed a THC/CBD mix?
-What are the typical doses recommended for different conditions?
-Are there Health Canada regulated clinics dispensing cannabis/CBD?
-Where to refer clients who may benefit from cannabis/CBD treatment

This online event is hosted by Mission: Empowerment

World Environment Day Webinar @ Webinar
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

World Environment Day Webinar

In this webinar we’ll explore why biodiversity and ecosystems management are important components for building sustainable food systems. You’ll hear from researchers working directly with communities engaged in food production practices that are centred on biodiverse ecosystems. Drawing on community-based research in Brazil, Ecuador, and the Northwest Territories, you’ll learn about the unique challenges facing food systems actors and how communities are using agroforestry and other ecological food production principles to guide their work.

This event is hosted by UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies

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