WINDSOR, ON – Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) has received a $25,000 Orange Door Award grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation. This will support training for additional peer outreach workers for WYC’s youth outreach program. The outreach workers will provide information and advocacy in local schools.
“We’re excited to receive the Orange Door Award because it helps keep our doors open to do the real work that needs to be done to get young people off the street,” said Tamara Kowalska, Executive Director, Windsor Youth Centre.
Youth advisors play a central role in selecting the Orange Door Award winners each year. The advisors draw on their own lived experience to evaluate the applications, ensuring that each $25,000 grant goes where it will make the biggest impact in building brighter futures for youth.
The Windsor Youth Centre is one of eight organizations across Canada receiving a 2017 Orange Door Award grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation.
“We’re committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Canada,” said Jeff Kinnaird, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada. “Over the past three years we’ve supported the work of more than 300 non-profit organizations, giving them the chance to help more youth in need.”
- Six youth advisors from Hamilton’s Street Youth Planning Collaborative Youth Leaders Committee evaluated the applications and helped select the winners. The advisors, aged 16 to 21, have personally experienced street-involvement or homelessness.
- Homelessness can begin as young as age 13 – and if not addressed, can lead to years on the streets (source: Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey).
- The Home Depot Canada Foundation has established a thought leadership advisory council and supported new research to better understand the circumstances and needs of homeless youth in Canada.
About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to helping prevent and put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the Foundation has pledged $20 million by 2018 to improve housing options, support life-skills development programs, and invest in research that ensures funding is directed to the most effective solutions designed to help youth build brighter futures. For more information, please visit: www.orangedoorproject.ca