Continued work has ensured widespread prevention efforts across Ottawa’s four school boards. During 2015/2016, more than 1,400 youth received counselling for their substance abuse issues, as well as 257 youth from three community organizations. 4,096 high school students, and 8,218 grade 7 & 8 students participated in addictions prevention education activities and 3015 parents received support through the four school boards.
project step draws on the best practices and leadership of Strategic Partners including: Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Ottawa’s four school boards (OCDSB, OCSB, CEPEO, and CECCE), the Ottawa Network for Education, Ottawa Public Health and United Way Ottawa.
Service delivery partners include Maison Fraternité, Operation Come Home, Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and Youville Centre.
Funding for project step comes from each of the Strategic Partners, along with the Ottawa Senators Foundation, United Way Ottawa and its donors. United Way Ottawa plays the key role of seeking new sources of revenue to support the non-mainstream community based programs supporting Aboriginal populations, street involved youth and young moms. United Way Ottawa focuses its efforts on building resources for the mainstream high school programs and identifying further areas of need in our community. Examples of this effort are demonstrated in raising awareness, building new partnerships, seeking new donors and in fundraising activities.