Choices for Youth
St. John's, NL A1C 1G9
Executive Director: Sheldon Pollett
Board Chair: Jonathan Duke
Charitable Reg. #: 13088 9942 RR0001
Grade: AThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #61
Avg. Compensation $60,028
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Choices for Youth:
Choices For Youth's (CFY) main focus is to provide young people with adequate, stable, and age-appropriate support systems during a transition period in their lives. This involves employing a "Harm Reduction" philosophy where youth are met and accepted regardless of what choices they are currently making. CFY combines a supportive housing environment with on-site educational opportunities and employment preparation and training. CFY serves over 1000 youth each year.
Supportive housing programs include the Shelter for Young Men, the Lilly House, and Rally Haven. The Shelter for Young Men provides an emergency safe place for young men who are homeless. The Lilly house, a 14-unit affordable housing facility modeled after Eva's Phoenix, offers 14 youth up to one year of housing, allowing for focus on education and employment. It provided housing for 21 residents in 2014. The RallyHaven program provides long-term supportive housing to youth at-risk of homelessness. This program housed 11 youth in 2014, and CFY is currently building 6 new affordable housing units.
In addition, CFY has outreach & youth engagement programs, including Jumpstart, Momma Moments, and Youth in Transitions. The charity recently added the Momma Moments program, which supported 42 young mothers with housing, education and employment. In 2014 CFY’s intensive support program, Moving Forward, helped 17 youth experiencing complex mental health issues. As a result of this program, 75% of participants were able to secure stable housing. CFY also offers employment-training programs for youth through its Train for Trades program.
In F2014 administrative costs were 16% of revenues. Fundraising costs are not broken out in the charity’s audited financial statements or in its CRA T3010 filing. Funding reserves of $1.1m only cover 23% of annual program costs.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to the charity for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated August 24, 2015 by Zoe Best.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||16.0%||12.2%||12.0%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||23.0%||46.3%||-0.2%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Business activities (net)||237||229||185|
|Cash flow from operations||671||337||349|