Martin Turner signed A Comprehensive Action Plan 2021-05-11 13:26:39 -0700I am a family counselling student with NEC as well as an outreach volunteer currently with two organizations, one of which has high hopes to be creating a youth drop-in centre. The latter of the two, I am a co-founder and will be a partner in beginning the youth drop-in within the organization. I am currently working through my practicum at the Luma Medical Center and making connections with the various organizations out there that assist our youth faced with the reality of aging out of the system. My long term goal is to see fewer Indigenous youth facing life on the streets. The cycle of generational issues that put our youth at risk must stop here in order to protect the generations to come. I will be checking the box to volunteer because I want to learn more about your organization, and learn more to integrate into our own programs.
With warm regards, Marty Turner796 signatures
On April 11, we heard official youth transition stats from Ministry of Children and Family Development representatives. They told us that 87% of eligible, post-19 youth from government care are not accessing MCFD Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) services. AYAs are the primary way MCFD supports the 1000 youth who age out of care every year. It tells us that the program intervention the government has relied on for years is not working.
Premier Horgan told us that the government is working on an action plan: let's ensure it's comprehensive.
Decision makers are listening and it's time for us to act. On Thursday, April 12, Premier John Horgan responded on behalf of six ministries to our policy asks made on October 24. He made a commitment to "expand and improve supports to youth transitioning from care through the development of an action plan to be created by the Cross-Ministry working group."
It's government-speak, but represents a milestone for the youth-in-care community. We successfully nudged the creation of a cross-ministry task force dedicated to achieving better outcomes.
We know that better outcomes come from comprehensive, evidence-based policy, and that youth must be included in planning. Youth from care are experts in understanding policy impacts. This expertise is essential to creating a successful action plan.
Please sign our call for a comprehensive action plan
"Premier Horgan, it's essential that bold changes are made for youth from care after 19. In your mandate letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, you said that you expect substantive progress in funding increases to Agreements with Young Adults "in order to offer supports to all youth aging out of care who need it, not just a few." Your Cross-Ministry action plan must ensure:
- Guaranteed, consistent, and adequate financial support until age 25 through the Agreements with Young Adults program, eliminating all eligibility criteria.
- Government and youth from care advocates come together before the fall legislature to hear youth input and explore universal AYA policy development."