We were honoured to host two recent Ontario government announcements that will support our youth. The Province announced plans to prevent youth 16 to 17, struggling in difficult family situations, from becoming homeless by raising the age of protection. They also pledged to better serve young victims of sex trafficking through a number of initiatives.
Two of our Covenant House family members, Francis Atta, a youth worker and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, a member of our Board of Directors, have been honoured with national Harry Jerome Awards, the highest recognition presented by the Black Business and Professional Association.
We unveiled our new, comprehensive anti-sex trafficking plan and launched a $10-million campaign to support our initiative at a recent media event. Chaired by Suzanne Rogers, the campaign, “Just Like a Girl You Know,” will support the implementation of the broad-ranging plan over the next five years. “Our goal is to provide leadership and forge [...]
Seventy-one of the city’s top business and community leaders slept out recently and raised more than $1 million to support our youth and life-changing programs. With only a sleeping bag and cardboard, participants in our fourth annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out spent the night on the cold pavement in freezing temperatures.
More than 10,800 Ontarian residents signed our petition urging the Province to do more to combat sex trafficking in Ontario. Twenty other community organizations lent their support. The petition asked Premier Kathleen Wynne to move to a broader, more coordinated approach to address the growth of sex trafficking in our province. Ontario has the bulk [...]