Re: Street Youth Job Corps gets $1.1 million grant: Toronto, Canada

P. Myers (
Sun, 28 Mar 1999 15:38:46 -0800 (PST)

You finding anything like this in the US, Tom?  Pat Myers

On Sat, 27 Mar 1999, Tom Boland wrote:

> FWD  Toronto Star - March 27, 1999
>      Ottawa committed to helping job search,  minister promises
>      By Sara Jean Green - Toronto Star Staff Reporter
>  A Toronto program designed to help street youths find jobs will get a $1.1
> million boost from the federal government, says Claudette Bradshaw,
> Canada's new minister responsible for the homeless.
>  ``I'm not the kind of person who just comes to hand over a big cheque,''
> Bradshaw said yesterday, addressing a group of participants in the Toronto
> Youth Job Corps program at St. Christopher House on Queen St. W. ``We will
> be there for you in the long run. This isn't just a quick fix.''
>  The two Job Corps sites - St. Christopher's, where the program has been
> running for 16 years, and the Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre -
> will get more than $700,000 to maintain their pre-employment training,
> counselling, job placement and support services geared toward homeless and
> marginalized youth. The rest of the money will be used to set up a new Job
> Corps program in the Jane St.-Finch Ave. area.
>  Bradshaw, who is also the labour minister, announced the grant before
> attending the final day of a two-day national symposium on homelessness
> being held in Toronto.
>  The specific needs of young people were addressed yesterday in a workshop
> as part of the symposium.
>  Sustained funding, instead of short-term pilot projects, is needed to get
> street youths into stable homes and back to school, front-line community
> workers said at the workshop.
>  ``Government funding is often short-lived and tied to the theme of the
> day. But when the funding dries up, the kids are left in the lurch,'' said
> Maria Crawford of Eva's Place, a Toronto agency that provides housing and
> employment opportunities for homeless youth.
>  The story of limited funding and inadequate resources is the same in
> dozens of Canadian cities, said Claudette Godley of Montreal's
> L'Arrêt-Source, a shelter for young women, many of them former drug
> addicts and prostitutes.
>  ``I've never seen such distress in young people as at this time. Over the
> last 10 years, young people have become more broken and less skilled'' as
> more are forced to sleep on park benches and hostel cots, she said.
>  Godley told workshop participants that out of Montreal's 28,000 homeless,
> 8,000 are youths, but the city has only four social workers available to
> help them.
>  Listening to Bradshaw's speech at St. Christopher's was a 20-year-old
> woman, who asked that her name not be used. She said she escaped an abusive
> home when she was 14, became a drug addict and lived on the streets.
>  For the past eight months, she's been living at Ingles House, a shelter
> for women with addiction problems. As a graduate of the Toronto Youth Job
> Corps program, she's getting her life together and has a job at a downtown
> bookstore.
>  ``I have a future and I'm really excited about it.''
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