In 2016, The Foundation convened a group, now called The Halton Granters’ Roundtable, which is a network of organizations that provide financial support for charitable causes within the Halton region. This Roundtable was created to identify ways to collaborate, address priority needs in the community and create a more substantive impact to benefit local charities and the people they serve. 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.
Based on the 2016 Census, there are 1,240 youth aged 15-24 in Oakville who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). In addition, 1 in 8 youth under the age of 18 live in poverty in Oakville. Part of the work The Foundation is able to do is uncover and highlight gaps where they exist, and help bring together the right groups to address and implement solutions.
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.
In the spring of 2018, The Roundtable created a Working Group to advise on the gaps and needs most pressing to this vulnerable group. The working group, also known as the Halton Youth Collective, consists of some members of the Halton Granters’ Roundtable as well service providers and youth within the community who are able to inform the process.
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.
To learn more about the work of the Halton Granters Roundtable, contact us