Allocation of Resources 2019-2020
All of Aunt Leah’s programs are grouped into the following high-level categories:
2. Education & Employment
3. Life Skills, Food Security & Health
Spending on the Link intake program is built into the above three programming categories†.
Audited Financial Statements 2007- 2020
All Financial Statements are audited by Galloway Botteselle & Company, an independent member firm of Porter Hétu International Professional Service Group.
†Historically, Link was its own stand-alone program, where support workers were expected be all things to the youth who accessed it (housing worker, education counsellor, life skills support worker, systems navigator, employment coach). Over the past dozen years, Aunt Leah’s has been able to create specialized sister programs where workers (and partner agencies) create expertise and efficiency in specific areas – e.g. housing, education, employment, health, life skills, food security. This model is desirable as it necessarily:
• Creates a team of support (family) for youth leaving care (as most youth need supports in more than one area, not unlike most young people transitioning through early adulthood)
• Foments expertise from support workers in a specific are (e.g. rental and social housing markets, education financial aid system etc.)
• Diversifies funding streams creating sustainability from multiple funders with diverse mandates.
Link remains as the umbrella program for all these interventions, therefore high-level outputs and outcomes for supports to former youth in care are rolled up and called ‘Link’. This is both a philosophical exercise, as it quantifies Aunt Leah’s promise to extend supports beyond age 19 for youth leaving care using a family model, plus it operates (hopefully) as a quantifiable demonstration effect showing that investing in young people from foster care through early adulthood is an efficient use of money and that these young people deserve and needs supports just like their parented peers.
The name ‘Link’ remains in use in two of Aunt Leah’s programs:
• The Link: Housing First (Housing)
• The Link: Drop In & Outreach (Life Skills)
These two program costs are pieced out under the Housing and Life Skills, Food Security, Health sections respectively.