The Ottawa Senators Foundation announced today a new $375,000 investment in project step. This announcement marks a second significant multi-year financial contribution the Ottawa Senators Foundation has made in the program. The first was a $1 million dollar gift to launch the program in 2008.
Substance abuse is affecting youth across the region. It’s in our schools, neighbourhoods and in some cases, our homes. Re-investing in project step will provide support for youth across the region by enhancing existing services, expanding program reach, and most importantly, giving youth the tools needed to make smart decisions.
project step is a perfect example of what a community can achieve when supporters, volunteers, and key organizations come together and work towards a common vision.
That’s why in 2007 United Way convened a group of experts in this space, who guide us toward a community in which all youth have access to adequate, appropriate and evidence-informed support, treatment, education and prevention for substance use and abuse.
project step’s strategic partners include:
- United Way Ottawa
- Ottawa Public Health
- The Champlain Local Health Integration Network
- The Ottawa Network for Education
- All four local school boards, French, English, Public and Catholic
- Hundreds of donors, including the Ottawa Senators Foundation
Our mission is supported by community service delivery partners:
- Operation Come Home
- Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
- Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
- Youville Centre
- The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
- and Maison Fraternité
The results speak volumes.
Since inception, more than 11,760 students have accessed school-based counselling, 75,710 students participated in addictions prevention education activities and more than 10,930 parents have received support.
In addition, youth who participate in project step reduce or stop their problematic substance abuse:
- 79% of youth who reported drugs use, reduced their frequency of use since participating in project step
- 81% of youth felt the program helped them build or rebuild healthy relationships with their family, partner, or community
- 95% of students admitted to the counselling program completed the school year
The Ottawa Senators Foundation has been a loyal supporter of and active contributor to project step for more than 10 years now. We are so thrilled to begin this new era of work with them, to make sure every young person in Ottawa facing a challenge with addictions or substance abuse gets the help they need, when they need it.”