Equitable Access: In keeping with our commitment to dignity, The Equity Project provides free basic services including: access to healthy snacks, fresh fruit and hot/cold beverages, laundry services (detergent, washer and dryer), hygiene and period products, a charging station for all variety of phones, and access to free Wi-Fi, MacBook laptops, iPads, printers.
Advocacy Services: On a drop-in basis, our staff offers strength-based support and collaborative relationships, to address issues for which our youth seek support, while working to encourage their individual choice and autonomy. Assistance includes academic support, driver’s licensing and identification provision, resume creation, employment and benefit applications, family challenges, enrollment/school issues and GED services, financial emergencies, expungement, transportation, and more.
Youth-Led: Youth empowerment and participation has been endorsed and implemented internationally, both as a right rooted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and a target for development (African Union, 2006; European Union, 2009; United Nations, 2011) (Bulanda & Johnson, 2016). Youth-led decision making are critical to our programming as they provides opportunities for group decision-making and negotiations, for our youth to have the experience of being listened to and believed by adults, and to be empowered. In short, youth-led activities provide youth with responsibility, agency, and choice, while building their leadership and collaborative competencies (Meucci & Schwab, 1997; Suleiman et al., 2006; Bulanda et al., 2014; Goessling, 2020).
Trusted Adults & Mentors: Building meaningful connections with others is a deeply healing process and is at the core of all our youth/young adult programming. Representation matters at The Equity Project, so we actively engage Black and Brown local residents, college students, board members, subject matter experts, artists, and professionals to be present in our space and provide opportunities for relationship-building through play, group activities, meals, creative endeavours, demonstrations and conversations.