Eva’s has gone through many changes during our long history as we adjust to our environment and the needs of the young people we support. We are on a path to honour the legacy of our founder, Black community activist Eva Smith, and the lived experiences of Black youth experiencing homelessness in all we do.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are core pillars of our organization. As part of our commitment to EDI, we prioritized funding the development of our equity department, which is now in place.
This investment is critical as we continue to build out culturally responsive programming that intentionally supports the specific needs of Black youth experiencing homelessness.
These supports will include programs and services that centre the identities and cultures of young people and affirm their holistic identity, taking into consideration the barriers they navigate in their daily lives. This approach ensures we are responding to the specific needs of youth instead of compounding the barriers they are already facing.