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The Temporary Neighbourhoods of Homeless Youth in Shelters:

Their Perspectives on and the implications of social-spatial polarization


In Jamestown/Rexdale, Youth Without Shelter (YWS) www.yws.on.ca provides shelter for youth and a variety of programs to alleviate the challenges they faced. Of particular interest to us is the 2007 YWS expansion that created 20 new beds for its Stay in School Program offering longer-term stays for youth focussing on their education. Our second partner in this project is a theatre company. Working with Project: Humanity www.projecthumanity.ca - an acclaimed theatre company committed to socially engaged theatre- we will collaborate with a group of shelter youth at YWS and through the use of drama techniques and workshops, explore issues and experiences of spatialized inequality in the neighbourhood and neighbourhood schools. Methodologically, drama is deployed as means for the youth to give creative expression to their experiences about their neighbourhood, socio-spatial inequality and the negative attributes of localized poverty.