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Canadian Definition of Youth Homelessness from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

"Youth homelessness" refers to the situation and experience of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, but do not have the means or ability to acquire a stable, safe or consistent residence.

Youth homelessness is a complex social issue because as a society we have failed to provide young people and their families with the necessary and adequate supports that will enable them to move forward with their lives in a safe and planned way. In addition to experiencing economic deprivation and a lack of secure housing, many young people who are homelessness lack the personal experience of living independently and at the same time may be in the throes of significant developmental (social, physical, emotional and cognitive) changes. As a result, they may not have the resources, resilience, education, social supports or life skills necessary to foster a safe and nurturing transition to adulthood and independence. Few young people choose to be homeless, nor wish to be defined by their homelessness, and the experience is generally negative and stressful.

Youth homelessness is the denial of basic human rights and once identified as such, it must be remedied. All young people have the right to the essentials of life, including adequate housing, food, safety, education and justice.-  Taken from  The  Homeless  Hub  article  Canadian Definition of Youth Homelessness

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It's BC Child and Youth In Care Week

Proclaimed by the province of British Columbia in 2011, BC CHILD AND YOUTH IN CARE WEEK (BCCYICW) is a time for everyone in communities across the province to stand in support and celebration of our province's incredible, diverse young people in government care.

Youth in and from care advocated for this week--now in its sixth year--so their brothers and sisters in care could grow up feeling celebrated for their diverse talents and accomplishments, surrounded by a supportive community who stands with them. They also wanted to raise awareness about the barriers they face and fight the stigma that comes with being a "foster kid." - Shared from BC CHILD & YOUTH IN CARE WEEK

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  BC Child and Youth In Care Week

Our youth have an amazing experience at a Vancouver Whitecaps match!

We had a group of youth go to the Vancouver Whitecaps game in a suite on Saturday May 28th, courtesy of a Covenant House Vancouver donor. The donor gave us 16 tickets to take the youth to see the ‘Caps play the Houston Dynamo. We had 2 staff and 14 youth attend, and all the youth said they loved it. There was juice, pizza, and popcorn, which was a huge bonus. Everyone said they had never been to a live soccer game before, and a big chunk of them had never been to any kind of professional sporting event. It was a bit of a rough game, but the youth really enjoyed seeing (at least) 4 yellow cards, 2 red cards, and an overall well-fought match. They really got into the atmosphere of the crowd by cheering loudly for our gorgeous goal. The youth learned a few of the cheers that the Southsiders were leading, and they sang along with the crowd. One of the youth was a supporter of the Houston side, and he was getting gently heckled (in a friendly way) by the rest of the youth.

Overall, it was an awesome game. The youth were very well-behaved, very appreciative, and wanted us to pass along their sincere thanks to the donor for the tickets.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Thank you Canadian Western Bank Group!

Covenant House Vancouver is grateful to partner with CWB Group to provide over 600 at-risk youth with a collaborative Street Outreach program.

Youth homelessness is one of Vancouver’s largest social issues. CWB Group has stepped up to provide stability and support to youth we meet on the street. Their investment in these youth will impact their futures and their families for generations to come which, ultimately, will improve communities in which CWB Group calls home.

Thank you to our loving friends at Canadian Western Bank Group for partnering with Covenant House to improve deserving young lives and create sustainable communities.  

Canadian Western Bank Group

Every dollar you donate by June 30th will be doubled!

I want these kids to know that they need to persevere… to just keep going.”

You likely have never met the man who said that. His name is Robert Little, a long-time supporter of Covenant House who has generously offered to match your donation if made by June 30. 

In addition to Robert’s amazing gift, another friend is adding $30,000 to Robert’s $50,000 for a Matching Gift Challenge total of $80,000. Every dollar you give will be doubled. But the deadline is June 30th.  We hope that you will seize this special opportunity – this Matching Gift Challenge – to help provide our young people with the love and support they need.

Special thanks to Robert Little and our anonymous friend for their incredible support! 

Matching Gift Challenge on now!

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