Adoption: Part of the Solution for Youth Homelessness?

Almost 60% of homeless youth have reported having experience with the child welfare system. When a young person is apprehended from their caregivers by a Children’s Aid Society, they are promised a better place. Yet outcomes for these young people are not good, often including; unfinished schooling, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, exacerbated mental health. A lot of experiences contribute to this. Many youth have experienced abuse and/or neglect in their developmental years, causing trauma that impacts brain development. After coming [...]

Adoption: Part of the Solution for Youth Homelessness?2018-07-11T11:54:06-04:00

Leave No One Behind

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence kicks off today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the theme this year is “Leave No One Behind”. Women are twice as likely to be victims of family violence, and young women living on the streets are at a higher risk of criminal victimization and violence. We come across stories all the time about their experiences of gender-based violence, including intimate partner violence and sexual assault. We [...]

Leave No One Behind2018-05-04T15:23:57-04:00

Youth Homelessness is a Symptom of Poverty

There was a time that people in Canada didn’t know about Poliovirus. All they saw were individuals, many of whom were children under five, struck with a recognizable collection of signs like muscle weakness, pain, and fever. In some cases, the sick children got better. In other cases, they died. And in rarer cases, they came out of the experience with a long-term disability. It wasn’t until after a scientific understanding of viral infections was developed that people knew [...]

Youth Homelessness is a Symptom of Poverty2018-10-17T11:42:50-04:00

Food Fuels Better Youth Futures

Food security is becoming a bigger issue for Canadians every day, and youth experiencing homelessness are no exception. 88%of homeless youth have reported making use of charitable food programs to get access to nutritious meals. Not having access to nutritious meals, especially in early life, can lead to long-term negative health outcomes. And yet, somehow, $31 billionworth of food still winds up in landfills or composters each year in Canada. Today is World Food Day and a perfect opportunity [...]

Food Fuels Better Youth Futures2020-02-21T15:50:01-05:00

Victor’s Story On World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, an important day for us to remember the close relationship between youth homelessness and mental health. When young people and their families do not get the services they need to manage their mental health challenges, their risk of becoming homeless increases. This is why accessible mental health services are so important to homelessness prevention. Homelessness is a traumatic experience and can easily lead to mental health issues. Without a Home identified that 85% [...]

Victor’s Story On World Mental Health Day2018-05-04T15:32:50-04:00

World Food Day Contest

In celebration of World Food Day, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth and Mealshare are giving away two tickets for Eva’s Taste Matters. Mealshare turns dining out into helping out. All you have to do is go out for dinner! Order a Mealshare menu item at one of their partner restaurants in Toronto and post a picture of it on Instagram tagging @evasinitiatives, @mealshare and the restaurant you dined at! You’ll have a tasty meal, a chance to win, and [...]

World Food Day Contest2018-07-09T10:44:15-04:00

Breaking the Stigma on Suicide

When we talk about suicide, it’s important to begin from a place of understanding that suicide is a complex issue. When someone attempts to end their life, there is no tracing the experience back to any one cause. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. Not all those who attempt suicide are struggling with mental health. The Without a Home Report indicates that 42% of youth experiencing homelessness reported at least one suicide attempt. Female and [...]

Breaking the Stigma on Suicide2018-05-04T15:43:40-04:00

Life-Saving Information On Overdose

Overdose can affect anyone. According to the International Overdose Awareness Day website, ‘An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with.’ Many youths who come to Eva’s struggle with mental health and substance use. Homelessness is painful and traumatic, and research shows that the longer young people are homeless, the greater their substance use and mental health concerns become.  That’s why we provide Harm Reduction programming. [...]

Life-Saving Information On Overdose2018-07-31T11:02:35-04:00

Recreation: Part of the Journey from Crisis to Stability

Recreational activities such as sports, art, camping, and games contribute to youth health, wellbeing, and self-confidence. Engaging in physical activity has also been shown to reduce the physiological response to stressful situations, improving the ability to cope. 53% of youth experiencing homelessness drop out of school, and that can mean losing access to opportunities for these kinds of extracurricular activities. “Recreation activities help... youth explore strategies for resolving conflicts while recreating and playing. They learn to act fairly, plan [...]

Recreation: Part of the Journey from Crisis to Stability2018-05-31T12:23:57-04:00