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Awareness, Prevention and Early Intervention

As many as 40,0001 young people experience homelessness in Canada every year, and hundreds of youth are being trafficked2. These issues deeply affect and shape young lives, and often transcend background, income or gender.

We strive to prevent homelessness and sex trafficking by sharing knowledge, raising awareness and reconnecting youth with their families and social networks.

By combining 40 years of front line experience with current research, we provide our community with tools to support those in need, intervene and stop homelessness and trafficking before it even begins.

We work together to ensure every young person has the potential for a bright future.

Prevention in action

22,050 students educated in 2021-2022 on the risks and realities of homelessness and sex trafficking.

3,874 industry staff and community members trained on sex trafficking prevention in 2019.

137 young people reconnected with their families or personal support networks.

All numbers above based on Covenant House Toronto administrative data (2020 and 2021)
Suzie Tarlattini, Presentation Facilitator

Awareness and prevention presentations

Covenant House school presentations teach the next generation about homelessness and sex trafficking. Our facilitators can help teachers and students recognize and understand the issues.

School presentations

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Early intervention training

Sex trafficking is a local issue and a hidden crime. We teach industry and community agencies to spot and intervene in sex trafficking. The training we provide expands the network of support and early intervention.

Community agency training

Industry prevention training

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Family and natural supports

The Family and Natural Supports program aims to intervene early to prevent homelessness.

We provide a range of supports to youth, aged 16 to 29, who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, and who want to find and strengthen their network of supportive people.



How this program helps youth

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  1. Gaetz, S., O'Grady, B., Kidd, S. and Schwan, K. (2016). Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. Toronto: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press.
  2. Cotter, A. (2020). Trafficking in Persons in Canada, 2018. Statistics Canada.