About the project
Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, HTFC Planning & Design, Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa, University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Science, Fearless R2W
2019 – 2022
The problem they came to us with
How might we reduce rates of homelessness and housing insecurity among Indigenous youth in Winnipeg when they age out of the provincial Child Welfare System?
Housing Solutions for Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care was a social innovation lab which focused on reducing rates of homelessness and housing insecurity among Indigenous youth involved in the provincial child welfare system in Winnipeg when they age out of the Manitoba Child and Family Services and lose their institutional supports at the age of 18. In collaboration with HTFC Planning, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, Fearless R2W and Nigaanii Wabiski Mikanak Ogichidaa (Leading White Turtle Warriors Research Team) at the University of Manitoba, SHIFT Collaborative supported lab process design, facilitation and developmental evaluation. Through this process, we helped the lab team explore, prototype and test solutions together. In 2021 – 2022, SHIFT Collaborative stayed on to support the developmental evaluation of the Community Safety Hosts initiative, an employment and life skills training initiative that was prototyped through the Solutions Lab process.