London Ontario

City of London: Child and Youth Network

London, Ontario, Canada

About My Organization: City of London: Child and Youth Network

London, Ontario's Child and Youth Network (CYN) is comprised of more than 150 local agencies and individuals dedicated to doing what is best for children, youth and families.

My Collaborative: Child and Youth Network Ending Poverty Implementation Team

In 2008, the community identified Ending Poverty as a priority for London’s children, youth, and families. At that time, there were many impactful statistics that illustrated the impact of poverty in London, but there was one that crystallized the issue; 1 in 5 London children will experience poverty during their childhood. This was, and is, intolerable. The Ending Poverty team is actively implementing strategies to meet basic needs in London neighbourhoods through our Basic Needs Beacon. With our community partners, we have developed and are implementing London’s Food Charter, a document outlining the principles of a “food secure” London. We are creating policy papers that advocate for systems-level change to achieve income security, and we are providing small loans and business development training to London entrepreneurs who cannot access traditional forms of credit. We are doing all this, and more, by utilizing the collective energy and talent of community partners to create opportunities that seek to reduce the impact and break the cycle of generational poverty in London