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Youth Reconnect - Sarah's Story

Posted Nov 20th, 2015

Traditionally, access to supports and services is difficult in rural and lightly populated areas. Niagara’s layout often forced youth to relocate to receive the proper services. Through the RAFT’s Youth Reconnect program, our workers can bring services and supports to a youth in their home community anywhere in the Niagara region. More importantly, youth can remain with their peer support group of friends and family while attending the school they grew up in. Let us tell you a story...

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The RAFT Social Impact Bond Pilot - Update

Posted Nov 16th, 2015

Ontario is moving forward with it's Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). The RAFT was one of four organizations selected to run a pilot project based on their SIB idea.

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RAFT Benefit Concert

Posted Oct 23rd, 2015

Join us on Friday October 30th for the Youth Benefit Music Show hosted by Josh D’Cunha and Mahtay Café! Tickets are $10 at the door with a portion of the proceeds being donated to youth at the Raft.

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Niagara Resource Service for Youth (RAFT) shortlisted for Social Impact Bond pilot

Posted Aug 12th, 2015

The RAFT is one of only four organizations shortlisted from among 83 proposals to participate in piloting and business case validation for the first Social Impact Bond (SIB) in Ontario. If you’re curious about what a Social Impact Bond is you can ask Michael Lethby, Executive Director of RAFT.

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En Français

Posted Aug 7th, 2015 in General

L’agence RAFT profite du financement du Ministère des Services à l'enfance et à la jeunesse et reconnaît l'importance de faciliter l’access au services dans la langue francaise pour leurs members francophone à travers le region du Niagara.

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An Innovative Approach to Solving Youth Homelessness in Rural Canada

An Innovative Approach to Solving Youth Homelessness in Rural Canada

Posted Nov 18th, 2014 in News, General

Six years ago we started offering a youth homelessness prevention program called Youth Reconnect. This was a large undertaking for us as it represented a completely new strategic direction for our services and was being piloted in a largely rural community approximately 50 kilometers away

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RAFT Featured in CBC Documentary - Next of Kin

Nov 13th, 2018

The Eternal Routes program of the RAFT was featured in the CBC Docs POV documentary Next of Kin.  You can view the documentary at https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/episodes/next-of-kin

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