We embarked on a planning process in late 2016 to review our strategic priorities and goals and develop a new five-year plan.
A multitude of partners and stakeholders, including Board members, donors, staff, volunteers, service agencies and other constituents provided input.
We also completed an awareness survey, a comprehensive environmental scan and sector analysis of other local, national and international youth service providers to further supplement the data from which we built our new strategy.
From this extensive research and consultation, five strategic priorities emerged.
Five strategic priorities (2018 - 2022)
Housing and after-care
Expand housing options in the community, offer more customized services in our crisis shelter, extend services to non-residential youth and maximize usage of existing beds.
Health and well-being
Increase mental health and addiction supports through community partnerships, enhance model of care for internal program delivery and strengthen life skills workshops and recreational programming for youth.
Education and employment
Expand employment and job training options through community partnerships, possibly pilot another in-house job training program and increase educational opportunities and enrolment in these programs.
Prevention and early intervention
Increase engagement with family reconnection, expand homelessness and trafficking prevention programs in schools and anti-trafficking presentations in industries that come in contact with victims and launch a mass media sex trafficking prevention campaign.
Invest in human resource development, improve administrative infrastructure, increase public awareness of issues, strengthen advocacy initiatives, enhance evidence-based research and evaluation, expand funding sources and align long-term real estate and monetary asset planning.