Ontario Partners with John Howard Society of Belleville on Community-Based Poverty Solutions
Local Poverty Reduction Fund Supports Community-Driven Poverty Solutions
Ontario is supporting the John Howard Society of Belleville and District to help reduce high school dropout rates for at-risk youth.
Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is investing up to $92,300 over three years in the organization's Quantum Program, which uses a wrap-around service delivery model to provide a range of mentoring and skills-development services to youth at-risk of dropping out of high school.
With this funding, the John Howard Society of Belleville and District will expand and strengthen the Quantum Program and evaluate how influential parental support is to young peoples' success. In order to improve the well-being of families, the program will connect parents of at-risk youth to employment and counselling services.
Evidence gathered from this project and others will be used to support poverty reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.
Fighting poverty is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.
- The Local Poverty Reduction Fund is a $50-million, six-year initiative that supports community-driven projects which measurably improve the lives of those disproportionately affected by poverty, including: women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Aboriginal Peoples.
- Organizations have two more opportunities to apply for funding in 2016 and 2017.
“With this funding, the John Howard Society of Belleville and District will be able to evaluate its service delivery model and help us learn more about what approaches are making a difference for at-risk youth in communities across Ontario.”
“The John Howard Society is pleased for the support of the Poverty Reduction Strategy that will allow Quantum to reach families facing various challenges. Quantum targets poverty through a proactive focus by offering intensive wrap around to support youth to complete high school.”