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About TRRUST: Collective Impact for youth aging out of care in Vancouver
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The goals for phase two are:
- Develop a governance and structure
- Develop shared measures
- Implement the caring connections success pillar and develop outcomes and objectives for the other 2 shared vision success pillars
- Engage other services and sectors that interact with youth from government care
- Complete a developmental evaluation for Phase 2 and incorporate more shared learning opportunities
Since April 2014, more than 40 organizations and approximately 20 youth have been steadfast in their commitment to a unified approach by participating in gatherings. The first year of Phase 1 consisted of workshops introducing the concept of collective impact that captured the interest of many stakeholders. The small group of influential champions originally came together to talk about youth homelessness and by the end of 2014 the common issue of youth transitioning from foster care had emerged.
Year two of Phase 1 was highly process driven – a challenge in a service community that is deeply engrossed in taking action and hoping for immediate results. The collective impact lens is effective in dealing with complex social issues but it’s a long term approach known to take up to 5 years for the desired impact. Although faced with changing participants at the four community gatherings, stakeholders demonstrated their commitment by investing in the processes that led to a strong foundation moving into Phase 2.
A young person's introduction to Collective Impact
Collective impact is a concept that helps communities build a shared vision for impact on complex social issues such as youth aging out of care. It works towards bringing together different organizations, governments and members of community to achieve long lasting change.
Collective impact isn’t just collaboration, but in fact much more. It requires a sense of urgency to work towards better solutions.
Collective impact can be looked at as a puzzle. The overall picture of the puzzle is the vision that everyone shares of the desired long lasting solutions. In order to build the puzzle you need pieces, which are the different organizations, government ministries, and young people. With this puzzle, the pieces need to be adaptable. Not all pieces in the beginning fit easily into place. It takes time and team work, and can take years to reach the desired impact.
This collective impact initiative brings together organizations that work in areas such as housing, employment, social and community services, and government. Together, these organizations are coordinate their efforts towards a common goal, in this case, the future success of youth transitioning out of care. Youth aging out of care need a variety of supports working with each other in order to be successful. For example:
- What use would it be to the youth to learn how to manage and budget money, if they are unable to find or keep employment,or don’t have a source of income?
- What use is employment help or training, if a youth is worried about finding a safe place to sleep at night, or has to worry about securing a spot at a shelter?
In order to support these young people, organizations need to work side by side with each other, and with youth. The community, governments, service providers, and young people need to share in the same plan in order to have a positive impact. The goal of collective impact is to ensure all youth aging out of care have their fundamental needs met to pave the road to their own success.