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YOU provides transition, career development, and enterprise services to local youth. They provide a caring and active place where all youth are engaged in learning and creating opportunities to build ...

YOU provides transition, career development, and enterprise services to local youth. They provide a caring and active place where all youth are engaged in learning and creating opportunities to build their future.

Steve Cordes
Executive Director,
Youth Opportunities Unlimited

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Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Presentation Transcript

  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited: Our Journey of Developing an Integrated Affordable Housing Model National Housing Research Committee Distinct Needs Working Group Panel Presentation Crowne Plaza, Ottawa November 3, 2009 Steve Cordes, Executive Director
  • Agenda
    • YOU Programs and Services Overview
    • Integrated Service Model
    • Developing the Affordable Housing Project
    • Affordable Housing Project as a Model in Creating Wrap Around, Innovative Service Model
  • Mission, Vision, Values Everything starts and stops here!
    • MISSION
    • Youth Opportunities Unlimited is dedicated to unlocking the potential of youth by providing client centered services emphasizing skills improvement leading to increased employability and empowerment, offering a referral service to agencies serving youth, and developing, participating in and supporting community alliances to maximize opportunities for youth.
    • VISION
    • Youth Opportunities Unlimited is a caring and active place where all youth are engaged in learning and creating opportunities to build their future.
    • VALUES
    • Client Centered - We are respectful in all of our client interactions; flexible and inclusive in providing services that meet clients’ needs.
    • Community Focused - We are locally driven and gather input from many community sectors on an ongoing basis.
    • Fun - We create and support environments that are enjoyable, positive and respectful.
    • Integrity - We are honest, responsive, clear, and ethical in all of our communications and interactions.
    • Quality Driven - We set high standards for success and work hard to surpass them.
  • YOU Overview: Transition Services
      • Street Outreach
      • Community Referrals
      • Drop in Centers
      • Harm Reduction Services
      • Affordable Housing
  • YOU Overview: Career Development Services
      • Job Search Resource Centers
      • Employment Counselling
      • Job Placement Programs
      • Educational and Community Referrals
      • GED Preparation
      • Career Exploration Services
  • YOU Overview: Enterprise Services
      • Recycling Services
      • Food Production
      • Wood Furniture
      • Retail Sales Kiosk
      • Special Events Catering
      • Gift Basket Program
  • Innovation – an Essential Component
    • The term innovation means a new way of doing something.
    • It may refer to incremental, radical, and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations. A distinction is typically made between invention, an idea made manifest, and innovation, ideas applied successfully. ( Mckeown 2008 )
    • The goal of innovation is positive change, to make someone or something better.
    Achieving innovation requires an integration of strong programs, effective processes and the right people.
  • Getting Started….Highlights of the Site Wishlist
    • Downtown, highly visible location in a location that was important to London
    • Accessible to transit, local services in an area where youth already gather
    • Small units that will encourage natural turnover of residents
    • Multiuse facility to support additional tenant and community resources
  • Building the Model
    • Potential uses for commercial developed through internal discussions
    • Research through visits to various youth cafes, social enterprises, youth centres in Canada, USA, UK
    • Green design concept developed and integrated into rooftop, building systems
    • Conceptual drawings developed for roof
    • Community open house during construction – buy in and input of key partners sought
    • Vision document created and shared with prospective partners, funders and internal and external stakeholders
    • Partnership discussions ongoing
  • Highlights of YOU’s Affordable Housing Model
    • 28 units with rents set at Ontario Works maximum shelter rates (approx 65% of market rate)
    • Intake through housing worker; with presentation to external Tenant Review Panel
    • Tenant Advisory Committee formed to liaise with agency reps
    • Building management through property management company
    • Onsite partnerships being developed with school boards, local college, health unit, police department, various local agencies
    • Community input through open house, tours, presentations and building advisory committees
    • Programs being introduced to support pride of ownership (Fab Pad in partnership with Fanshawe College), skills development (through existing YOU programs), personal development (through onsite youth centre)
    • Ongoing integration with community through rooftop, cafe
  • Key Partners
    • Thames Valley District School Board – alternative education centre
    • Middlesex-London Health Unit – health promotion, nurse practitioner programs
    • University of Western Ontario – sustainable design assistance, potential involvement of dental outreach program
    • Fanshawe College – interior design, hospitality program
    • Various community agencies – providing on-site programming through existing YOU partnerships
  • Thanks!