project STEP

Project step is a community response to address the need for support, treatment, education and prevention of youth addictions. Program partners deliver addictions counselling, prevention education, and family support in 57 publicly funded high schools and three community based schools at Operation Come Home, Youville Centre and Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre, as well as residential treatment at two centres – one in each official language. As a result of support from the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation, project step was able to make the following impact over the past year:

"While many people in Ottawa are thriving, some children and youth in our city face a different reality: homelessness, mental health and addictions challenges and low graduation rates are issues that no child should experience, but many in Ottawa do. These issues demand collaboration, long-term commitment and smart, measured investments – and that is the sort of valuable partnership we find with the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation."

Michael Allen President and CEO United Way Ottawa