Key recommendations include:
- Youth need to be actively listened to for their insights.
- Youth need time and a safe space to explore who they are and what matters to them, with youth who have lived chaotic or traumatic lives likely needing more time than others.
- Services are needed to breach the gap from state care/childhood to independence.
- Listen for depth, not just numbers: Funders in Canada want numbers; they want proof that programs are working, but quantity doesn't always indicate success.
- Funders often offer grants on one- or three-year terms. This is not enough time to show progress. It will be important to educate funders about the long-term impacts of programs such as the Co-op Housing Program.
- Youth need to recognize their successes and how impressive they are. Focusing on continued improvement is important but so is realizing how much they have achieved and the hurdles they've overcome.