The Counselling Foundation of Canada awarded a grant to St. Stephen’s Community House in 2003 to support the Arcade Revelations program. A highly structured community program, developed by and for youth living in Kensington Market and surrounding neighbourhoods the program is delivered through the established drop-in program model. It aims to link current and new drop-in activities under specific themes, in an effort to engage more youth in daily activities, to reduce violence levels in the community, promote healthy lifestyles and encourage academic excellence. St. Stephen’s Community House is a unique, community-based social service agency that has been serving the needs of Kensington Market and surrounding neighbourhoods in downtown West Toronto since 1962. St. Stephen’s addresses the most pressing issues in its community – poverty, hunger, homelessness, unemployment, isolation, conflict and violence, AIDS, racism, youth alienation and the integration of refugees and immigrants.
YMCA (Greater Toronto) received a three-year grant in 2005 to support the cost associated with the development of the “YWCA Girls Centre” for disadvantaged girls ages 10-18 – facing an increasing number of issues that are critical to their positive development, social status, income, culture, sexuality, violence, peer pressure, education, media and health. The YWCA of Greater Toronto has made a strong commitment to a strategic plan to increase much-needed services to girls to enhance their positive development.
The Counselling Foundation of Canada awarded a three-year grant to YWCA, Muskoka in 2008 to support EmployABILITIES Programming pilot project for boys and men. YWCA, Muskoka champions equality for women and girls and support individuals at critical turning points in their lives. Turning points may include depression unemployment, separation, divorce, trauma, violence, poverty, homeless, grieving, returning to the workplace, etc.
A two-year grant was awarded to St. Stephen’s Community House to support the cost associated with running the VENUS Program for Youth Women and the development of new programming content. This program provides young women with support and guidance to take charge of their future. Since 1962 St. Stephen’s Community House has been offering innovative programs and services to youth at-risk, homeless men and women, new immigrants, families with young children, people and organizations in conflict, isolated and frail seniors, job seekers and expectant mothers in downtown west Toronto.
What Works is a career resource with client-focused, strength-based approaches for those who counsel or work with diverse groups. Statistics, terminology, history and legislation related to the specific groups are also included. An endnote section with links to online references is also in each chapter.
Recent national and Alberta-based labour market studies indicate that there are current supply chain labour shortages and that Alberta will encounter even greater shortages of skilled supply chain employees over the next decade. The Van Horne Institute and its partners have answered this Call to Action by shaping a series of events designed to focus on WOMEN as an untapped human resource within the Supply Chain Management sector.