Study by Aviva highlights YouthLink's outstanding work with at-risk youth.
TORONTO, April 12, 2013 /CNW/ - In recognition of the International Day for
Street Children, Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home,
auto, leisure, group and business insurance is pleased to announce the release
of a study on YouthLink's Co-op Housing Program.
Aviva Canada has supported YouthLink's Co-op Housing Program, along with a
number of other initiatives undertaken by the agency since 2010. The goal of
the Program is to provide an affordable, safe place for vulnerable youth
between the ages 16-21 to find stability and prepare for independent living.
YouthLink is a non-profit organization based in the Scarborough area of
Toronto, Ontario with a mission to support vulnerable youth in making positive
life choices. They offer a range of community services that promote mental
health and well-being.
The study, called Passport 2012 which was commissioned by Aviva was conducted
by local researchers in Italy, Canada and two sites in India. What makes the
study unique and more impactful is that it focused on interviews with the
participants in the program, as well as the staff supporting them. This is a
rare opportunity for both the report and the program participants, whose
voices are often silenced or disregarded.
"We're thankful for Aviva's investment and collaboration in this study which
allowed us to gain deeper insight into the how the Co-op Housing program is
working, especially for the youth directly supported." - Katina Watson,
Director of Counseling at YouthLink.
Recommendations from the report were broken down into four audiences:
policy-making and practice, corporate/donor support, research and for young
people as service users.
Key recommendations include:
-- Youth need to be actively listened to for their insights.
-- Youth need time and a safe space to explore who they are and
what matters to them, with youth who have lived chaotic or
traumatic lives likely needing more time than others.
-- Services are needed to breach the gap from state care/childhood
-- Listen for depth, not just numbers: Funders in Canada want
numbers; they want proof that programs are working, but
quantity doesn't always indicate success.
-- Funders often offer grants on one- or three-year terms. This is
not enough time to show progress. It will be important to
educate funders about the long-term impacts of programs such as
the Co-op Housing Program.
-- Youth need to recognize their successes and how impressive they
are. Focusing on continued improvement is important but so is
realizing how much they have achieved and the hurdles they've
Aviva Canada is part of Aviva plc., a global insurer with over 31,000
employees serving 34 million customers. Aviva supports Street to School (S2S)
programs through more than 20 charity partnerships around the world. Street to
School is about championing the needs of street children and recognizing that
every child living on, working on or connected to the street has the right to
fulfill their potential.
Aviva and its partners chose a developmental evaluation and participatory
assessment approach to find out from children and youth how well the S2S
programs are doing, and if and how they could be more effective. View the full
PASSPORT 2012 report on Youthlink's Co-op Housing Program.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in
Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business
insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of
UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000 employees, 25 locations
and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its employees invest
in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund and Eva's
Initiatives, its signature partner in Aviva's global Street to School program
to help homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.
For more information visit AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook
and LinkedIn pages.
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social
Media Aviva Canada Inc. Desk: (416) 288-2685, Mobile: (416) 523-3225
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