Funding for Homeless Youth Programs

Funding for Homeless Youth Programs

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Haseeb Muhammad started this petition to Government of Canada

As the number of homeless youth increases, it comes to no surprise that there is a need of major action to be taken. There are many ways to combat such issues, one of which is to reconnect children with their families. Considering the fact that some of the most common causes of homelessness is linked to the relationship between children and their parents being poor, it’s a good idea to start taking steps to strengthen those connections. There are different varieties of programs and systems that are available to assist people in these situations, Cocoon House is an example of those. Cocoon House teaches parenting skills to adults wanting better relationships with their children ages 13 to 17. Coaching is done through confidential phone consultations, support groups and in-home family counseling. Outreach staff reconnect runaway children with their parents when it looks as if strategic help can improve family dynamics.  Another way homelessness can be dealt with is by making programs that help homeless youth become more known. This could be made possible by allowing these organizations to gain more funding from either the government or general public, through donations. One of the obstacles that may come forth if this solution is attempted is the government or general public having to choose which exact organizations are most in need of funding. A simple way to overcome this would be to highly consider those that will set the youth up to make it in life in a more long term manner. An example of this could be YouthCare. YouthCare connects homeless kids with adults who teach them the academic and job skills needed for future self-sufficiency. Many youth in the program secure internships in real-world fields such as construction, food service and computer technology. All participating youth are paid for their time. Program costs are kept low through volunteer support and partnerships with businesses, private foundations, other nonprofits and faith communities. This petition has been created to prompt the government to supply such organizations with funding of $400,000 in total to allow them to expand and make it possible to reach out to as many teens going through the struggles of homelessness.

 

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