261 Duckworth Street
St. John's, NL A1C 1G9
Executive Director: Sheldon Pollett
Board Chair: Jonathan Duke

Charitable Reg. #:13088 9942 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Choices for Youth:

Founded in 1990, Choices for Youth (CFY) helps young people in St. John’s Newfoundland to secure stable housing, employment, and education while improving health and family stability. By working with young people, the charity hopes to prevent long-term homelessness or poverty in adulthood. CFY takes a "housing first" approach, first finding them a stable place to live and then working to help with employment, family relationships, and other needs.

In F2018, CFY allocated $2.6m to housing services, which include a range of options to best suit clients’ needs. The emergency shelter averaged 86% occupancy through the year with 118 male or gender non-conforming individuals who each stayed for an average of 24 days. Longer-term housing was provided to 60 clients who accessed housing in CFY’s Lily building and 26 individual units within the wider St. John’s area. Programming includes camping trips, yoga, drumming circles, and cooking classes. Clients may be expected to find employment or attend educational programs. Support from staff is available throughout the time that the young people are in housing, working to meet individual goals and successfully transition to independent living.  

Recognizing that having a job is crucial for these young people to succeed in independent housing, Choices for Youth works to find employment for them. CFY operates social enterprise programs which employed 51 clients during F2018 in construction, manufacturing, and retail positions. CFY’s Impact Construction completed its first job outside of St. John’s, giving 12 clients full-time employment for 12 weeks to remove asbestos in Argentia, Newfoundland.

Choices for Youth operates Family First programming which works with families to create healthy home environments. In F2018, 33 young people who were no longer living with family were supported in reconnecting with a relative such as a cousin, sibling, parent, aunt or uncle, or a grandparent. CFY facilitated 204 counselling sessions to support the reconnection. Each week, CFY works with young mothers and their children to discuss and deal with financial struggles, mental health, education, nutrition, and parenting.

CFY deals with the physical and mental health needs of young people in St. John’s at the charity’s main location. It offers hot meals, recreational activities, and art therapy sessions. In F2018, the public health nurse had 916 visits. CFY offers new syringes to people who have a dependence on drugs in exchange for used syringes, distributed 35 kits of naloxone to treat opioid overdoses, and educated 91 individuals on the use of naloxone.

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Results and Impact

Choices for Youth reports that seven of Lily's residents graduated high school and another seven maintained employment while housed. In partnership with Stella’s Circle, CFY rehoused 58 individuals who experienced long or frequent periods of homelessness. Working with End Homelessness St. John’s, CFY quickly rehoused 19 homeless people so that they would no longer need housing in emergency shelters. 

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Choices for Youth is a small charity in terms of donations, with $564k in F2018. CFY received $6.0m in government funding, representing 74% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues less investment income. The charity reports that it has no fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Choices for Youth has $324k in gross funding reserves and $304k in interest-bearing debts. The charity could cover less than one month of program costs using net funding reserves.

This charity profile is an update that has been sent to Choices for Youth for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 31, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.2%17.8%17.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 0.3%-0.9%(7.5%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 564595486
Government funding 5,9894,0783,881
Fees for service 269258270
Business activities (net) 1,277758560
Investment income 759
Total revenues 8,1065,6935,207
Program costs 6,6224,3623,954
Administrative costs 1,0671,013886
Fundraising costs 000
Total spending 7,6895,3754,839
Cash flow from operations 417318367
Capital spending 73650396
Funding reserves 20(39)(298)

Note: Revenues from social enterprises are reflected in business activities revenue but not presented net. Social enterprise costs are reported as program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 84

Avg. Compensation: $62,331

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Website: www.choicesforyouth.ca
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