Since April 1st, we have been highlighting the ongoing issue of youth aging out of government care at 19 years old. Why? Because youth age out of care, whether they are ready or not! At an age that is often already challenging and stressful.
-Aging out of care without appropriate supports in place is often cited as risk factor that leads to experiences of homelessness.
-In 2018, the B.C. Coroners Service report found youth leaving government care died at five times the rate of the general population of young people in British Columbia.
– There is an over representation of Indigenous people experiencing homelessness, which can be directly linked to the over representation of Indigenous youth in government care. This is an outcome resulting from the ongoing legacy of colonialism.
Join Threshold Housing Society on June 23rd, 2020, for a virtual screening of the documentary 19 and homeless by Brighter Future Films.
This documentary captures two years in the lives of a group of former foster youth as they age out of care and transition into adulthood. This documentary includes a Threshold graduate’s journey from aging out of foster care to being supported by the Threshold program. This film captures youth navigating their challenges, barriers, their trauma, as well as their moments of joy.
Happy #MeetTheTeamMonday! This week we asked the newest member of our team, Bryanda, some fun questions to get to know her!
⭐️Do you lean more towards being an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m a equal part extrovert and introvert. Ambivert I guess you’d say. Depends on the day and the situation. ⭐️If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
I’d be a green… a green that you’d find in the forest. A calm, natural, nurturing green.
⭐️What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
First I know this may sound pretentious, but to be honest if it was my choice, wouldn’t go to Starbucks, because I adore local coffee shops, haha, so I’d probably pick my favourite place, Township coffee and meet with Brené Browne.
Today for #GivingTuesday we are asking for our community’s support in helping us respond to the challenges brought on by COVID-19 to help us continue to provide safe housing and brighter futures to the at-risk youth in our community.
The unprecedented times we are facing have brought about significant challenges for the youth that we support at Threshold. There has been a significant reduction to the supports available to at-risk youth within the wider system through the cancellation and/or reduced capacity of programs and services. We have seen a significant jump in mental health related challenges due to isolation and the uncertainty of our current reality. In addition to their regular roles, our frontline staff are now carrying the burden of filling those gaps including counselling, access to resources, and health support. Covid-19 has also resulted in increased costs related to staffing, supplies such as PPE, food, and financial support for youth. The work we do at Threshold is an essential service, and our frontline staff team represent a lifeline to at-risk youth who are struggling in our community. Demands on staff are significant and we are only beginning to see the impact this will have on the youth we support.
⭐️Do you lean more towards being an introvert or an extrovert? I am definitely an introvert-people are often surprised to hear this, but I am pretty much always in need of some alone time (with a book, movie or my cats)
⭐️If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? I think I would be a really awesome blue…like a turquoise or a teal just because I think those are the most amazing colors and when you see them in nature they always catch you off guard because they’re almost too vibrant to be real!
In British Columbia, when a youth in government care turns 19 years old they often lose access to essential support services, such as their housing, social worker, mental health services, and financial support. Youth age out of care, whether they are ready or not – at an age that is often already challenging and stressful. Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, youth in BC have just been granted a reprieve from aging out of care. This is an encouraging step in the right direction, although at this time it is a temporary shift. We must continue to highlight the various challenges, barriers, and trauma youth aging out often face. Why? Aging out of care without appropriate supports in place is often cited as a risk factor that leads to experiences of youth homelessness. We especially know this through the youth we serve. It is also often stated that only 28% of people know that youth age out of government care after their 19th birthday. So, now until June 31st, we will be bringing awareness to the challenges youth in care are exposed to when aging out. We look forward to highlighting stories of lived experience, articles, research, and stats on our social media pages and this blog. Join us and help us spread the word by sharing our posts! #ReadyOrNotAgingOutOfCare. Find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @ThsVic.
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