MPP Piccini announces Over $300,000 to Support Children and Youth in Northumberland

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MPP Piccini announces over $300,000 to Support Children and Youth in Northumberland Grant supports scale-up of the Collaborative 12 and Under Inter-sectoral Partnership Program

On May 29, 2020, MPP David Piccini announced a significant investment from the Government of Ontario to support children and youth in Northumberland County. Rebound Child and Youth Services Northumberland is receiving $309,600 over 36 months from the provincial government to scale-up the Collaborative 12 and Under Inter-sectoral Partnership (CUIP) program.
The grant will help the program serve more at-risk children and expand the geographic reach of the program to under-served rural communities throughout Northumberland. This initiative will support the positive development of children and youth 12 and under who are facing barriers develop strong emotional and social skills. The province’s investment in this program is expected to have an impact on the lives of 405 children and youth in the community.

Children are referred through inter-sectoral partners and through integrated case management. Young people 12 and under, as well as their families and caregivers receive services and supports that contribute to improved behavioural outcomes, physical and mental wellbeing. This important program helps enable both children and their families to receive support, which can include: mental health services, recreational programs, counselling, mentorship, literacy, as well as trauma informed practice for families experiencing domestic violence. The program has run successfully in Cobourg for the last 18 months.

Rebound Child and Youth Services Northumberland has 9 signing partners for the CUIP Memorandum of Understanding, including all three area police services, Five Counties Children’s Centre, YMCA Northumberland, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, Highland Shores Children’s Aid, Therapeutic Family Care and Northumberland County, as well as both school boards as referring partners to the program.

There has been an increased demand for this program across Northumberland County, with over 100 young people being identified as potential candidates for the program. The expansion of this program aligns well with one of the Ontario Health Team Northumberland’s year one priorities, which is outreach to rural areas.

“Our youth are our future, and our community will define itself on how we look after our most at-risk children and youth. Through this $300,000 grant, Rebound Child and Youth Services Northumberland will be able to continue their remarkable work and serve more children and youth, expanding the program across Northumberland County. My thanks to the signing partners and referring partners for coming together to support this important program.” – David Piccini, MPP Northumberland-Peterborough South.

“Rebound Child and Youth Services is thrilled to receive this important grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The opportunity to provide the CUIP program to the most vulnerable young people in our community is truly wonderful. We at Rebound believe that all children and youth should have the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential: Together with our terrific CUIP partners, we are thrilled that we can now scale-up this program to provide service throughout Northumberland County. We believe this funding is extremely timely, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when mental health issues, poverty and domestic violence are placing increased pressures on the children, youth and families of our County.” – Carol Beauchamp, Executive Director, Rebound Child and Youth Services Northumberland.

“We are always looking for ways to bring innovative and impactful programs to our community. The CUIP program was developed in partnership with Rebound Child and Youth Services to provide Cobourg’s most at-risk children and their families with positive early interventions to develop skills, capacity and behaviours to reach their full potential. We have been overwhelmed by the outcome of the pilot and are happy to see the program continue and expand across Northumberland County. We are all working to ensure a bright future for the children in our communities. The Cobourg Police Service is looking forward to the continued partnership.” – Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service

“Our government is pleased to support the important work of Rebound Child and Youth Services Northumberland. Community programs like the Collaborative 12 and Under Inter-sectoral Partnership offer vital resources like mental health services, recreational programs, counselling, mentorship, literacy, as well as trauma informed practice for families experiencing domestic violence for at-risk youth. These programs are essential to ensuring that young people develop the positive skills and techniques needed to lead healthy and positive lives.” – Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

QUICK FACTS
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Ontario Trillium Foundation provides grant funding through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Youth Opportunities Fund, and three investment streams:
· Seed: starting projects at the idea or conceptual stage

· Grow: building on the success of a proven model or program

· Capital: broadening access to and improving community spaces

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