Tell us about your partnerships
Our major partners/collaborators include Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Children and Family Development; Vancouver Police Department (including VICE Unit); RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (ICE); RCMP Human Trafficking Unit; PLEA Community Services Society of BC; Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) and local law enforcement. They provide training for our Facilitators as well as act as the appropriate contacts for resources and referrals when working with families and youth who have been sexually exploited.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
We are currently targeting high-risk youth in the Lower Mainland. Based on our extensive experience in delivering prevention and education workshops, we identified an opportunity to further engage groups of vulnerable youth in a special project. This project incites leadership skills in youth that do not usually identify as being leaders, as they may face multiple social disadvantages.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
This project is based on the success of a pilot project we facilitated in 2010 with a group of high-risk youth at a high school. Through our extensive experience working with children and youth, we recognize that high-risk youth require not only an innovative approach, but also one that celebrates their abilities, talents and potential. Our evaluations find that high-risk youth need longer-term and meaningful relationships in order to strive in their environment.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
The Youth Art Engagement Project can benefit from additional support in printing our Youth Art Calendar. The art created by youth is photographed and featured in a 16-month calendar to disseminate to our community.