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The Mischa Weisz Foundation and Rights of Passage

We have been fortunate to receive a gift from the Mischa Weisz Foundation for our Rights of Passage program. In 2009, Mischa sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer, but the foundation he established continues his wish to support disadvantaged children and youth, or those suffering from a debilitating health problem or disease. Mischa was an entrepreneur who founded TNS Smart Network, and liked to see people being given the tools to help themselves. That focus is at the core of our Rights of Passage program.  

Rights of Passage is dedicated to teaching youth the critical life skills that they need to get off of the streets and live in their own homes. Skills such as learning to shop for groceries and cook nutritious meals, clean their homes, finding employment, and completing their education are all taught in a residential environment that is their home for the duration of their stay with us. Each young person lives in a semi-independent room with their own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, but still have the support of both their youth worker and the greater Rights of Passage community. By teaching these skills in a structured environment of love and respect, we ensure that they leave this program ready to successfully navigate independent living.

Thanks to the Mischa Weisz Foundation, the youth in Rights of Passage will be able to continue to make a difference in our young peoples’ lives. Thank you for believing in our organization – and our youth!

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Dreams coming true for our youth on American Idol!

Try to hold back tears of joy when you watch former Covenant House New York resident Anderson Footman light up the stage at his American Idol audition!

Click here and enjoy!

Former Covenant House Youth on American Idol

Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada

Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada is a research report on how we approach youth homelessness in Canada. The report is intended to inspire change and innovation, with the ultimate goal of contributing to real and effective solutions to youth homelessness in Canada.

This report touches on the importance of long term care and supporting youth to transition in to adulthood and independent living with programs much like our Rights of Passage program.

This comprehensive report by Dr. Stephen Gaetz is an excellent assessment of youth homelessness. 

Coming of Age by Stephen Gaetz

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