The work of the Halton Granter’s Roundtable continues to evolve, and with the work of the consultants, new research is shedding light on critical issues, specific to youth in and at risk in our region.
Some of the groups who have been identified as in/at risk include youth from low-income households, children living in foster care or aging out of care, children of immigrants, youth with LGBTQ+ identities and youth struggling with mental health.
Connections have been made with several local organizations, including YMCA, Children’s Aid Society, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), Kerr Street Mission, Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board.
The biggest challenges that have been identified so far are that more full-time, permanent staff positions are needed, and the lack of funding stability. Operational and multi-year funding are required to help fill in these gaps and better serve in/at risk youths.