StepStones for Youth is responding to the urgent needs of youth from the foster care system and youth who do not have support people in their lives.
In times like these, youth in our program are made more vulnerable with the sudden loss of jobs, the inability to pay rent, a lack of savings, no family, few friends, and an inability to purchase food and other critical necessities. The toll on their mental health is exacerbated by the closure of services such as libraries, recreational and drop-in centres, and an overall reduction in services for people living in poverty. At the same time, there are fewer opportunities to meet with doctors and mental health professionals in person, increasing feelings of isolation and anxiety.
This fund will support the emergency needs of these young people with housing, food, and mental health support.