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overcoming b a r r i e r s to youth housing

CERA works with young people to promote access to housing rights and develop skills to claim our human rights!!

CERA Youth Program

on 11 August 2015

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Transcript of overcoming b a r r i e r s to youth housing

Project Overview
Since 2011, CERA has been building its Youth Housing Program through a series of youth-targeted projects.

In 2014, with the support of the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights fund, CERA launched
Overcoming Barriers to Youth Housing.

We're all about Artful Self-Advocacy
We use art to engage youth with the housing system, while encouraging them to develop their skills to act as creative self-advocates.

We seek to use the principles of popular education, community arts, and anti-oppression to ground our arts-based practice.

# of young people ages 15-31 who participated in Youth Housing Rights workshops in shelters and drop-ins across Toronto

Our Goal:
overcoming barriers
to youth housing

Arts-based approacehs to legal education work
of participants increased their knowledge of human rights in housing, and felt better able to self-advocate within the housing system

Youth get it: It's up to us to stand up for our rights. There are many ways we can do this...

Tell and share stories!

These art pieces, created by youth participants, show us how...
This segment of our Wall of Dignity, made brick by brick from sketches, doodles, and messages made by youth during our workshops also shows us how...
Partnerships make us stronger.
Thanks to our project partners for hosting our workshops:

First Stop
Access Alliance – Danforth
Birkdale Residence
YWCA First Stop – A Turning Point for Women
Access Alliance – Jane
Robertson House
Eva’s Phoenix
Youth Without Shelter
YMCA Vanauley Shelter

Thank you to our project volunteers. Special thanks to Jan Van Deursen for assistance with background research.

For more information about this project or to learn about upcoming opportunities to host a Youth Housing Rights workshop, contact Katie at Katie@equalityrights.org.

Big shout out to Narmeen Hashim for envisioning the Youth Housing Rights Program, and for making and keeping it real.

Funded by the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights
A project by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
This video - produced by Youth for Human Rights - a great tool that we use during workshops - shows us how...
Make art!

Combine your voice with the
voices of others!
Know Your Rights!
CERA's Housing Rights guide for youth is available on our website at http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/?page_id=179

...or you can zoooom in and take a look below!

(c) CERA 2015
Background image courtesy of http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/magazine/who-made-spray-paint.html?_r=0
To creatively engage young people facing homelessness or housing insecurity to better understand their housing rights
through a human rights lens
, and to develop creative tools for self-advocacy.
Our workshops provide time to think through the way intersecting systems of power and privilege including gender, race, class, sexual orientation, language, citizenship status, education level, and ability impact people’s lives and their ability to access adequate, affordable, safe and secure housing.

We are committed to learning from
the participants we work with.
of participants said that the opportunity to be creative and engage with art materials benefited their learning

thought that what they learned would benefit their life
"I liked the interaction with the youth. The ‘hands on’ approach. The way it was formatted. I liked that you could stop any moment to answer a question. I also liked the open discussions that came about very organically. "
"The art creation helped people to engage with the ideas other than through discussion, and helped to keep their hands busy."
“The relaxed environment of the workshop helped allow participants to ask questions.”
“All of it was very helpful. As a volunteer worker, it is essential for me to know the rights our street youth have and helping them to get back their dignity.”
Our partners told us:
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