T.A.P.P.

As of Spring 2015, TAPP has changed the focus of its efforts to concentrate on two areas that block people from moving ahead with their lives: addictions and mental health/emotional imbalance

Addictions include:

  • Substance Addictions
    • alcohol
    • drugs
  • Lifestyle Addictions
    • gambling
    • consumptive addictions (food, etc.)
    • Internet addiction
    • other digital media addictions (cell phones, on-line gaming, etc.).

Mental health and emotional imbalance includes:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • lack of personal meaning

Each type of addiction represents both a societal and a personal challenge.

We are working in partnership with The Addiction & Psychotherapy Professionals.

Brief History

TAPP grew out of volunteer work for public housing children. Funding from the Canadian Federal Government under its Youth Services Canada program resulted in the creation of the first TAPP project in March 1998.

By October 1999, a total of 28 community access centres had been established. In November 1999, TAPP began another expansion phase which resulted in another 50 access centres being established by the spring of 2001.

TAPP worked in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), specifically with its Youth Services Canada program (YSC), to provide work opportunities for youth at risk.

In December 1999 TAPP was approved as a federally incorporated non-profit organization, and was officially approved as a charitable organization in January 2002. We provide charitable income tax receipts upon request, for donations of cash, surplus computers and hardware.

TAPP has developed projects for women only, Women Assisting the Community, the Female Leadership Assistance Program (FLAP) and two Female Employment Mentoring (FEM) projects or WAC as it known by, provides a safe environment for women at risk. 

Previous Programs

  • September 2013 – February 2014

Seniors/Single-Mothers Mentorship

TAPP carried out a program which matched up female seniors and single mothers to form mentoring relationships, to their mutual benefit. This program was made possible by funding received from the New Horizons for Seniors program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

  • October 2010 – March 2011

HRSDC – Skills Link Program – MEN (Male Employment Network)

This program is a brother program to our FEM program. Twelve young men with employment barriers receive employment preparation and skills development, and a paid work placement with non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses.

  • March 2011 – August 2011

City of Ottawa – Office Administrative Assistant/Clerk Program

Run in partnership with the City of Ottawa, this program provides employment training and experience for people looking for work in an office environment.

  • July 2010 – December 2010

City of Ottawa – Office Administrative Assistant/Clerk Program

Run in partnership with the City of Ottawa, this program provides employment training and experience for people looking for work in an office environment.

  • September 2010 – March 2011

City of Ottawa – Dreamweaver Program

This personal development program focuses on increasing self-confidence, establishing and attaining goals, discovering hidden skills and talents and realizing your full potential.

  • September 2005 – March 2011

HRSDC – Skills Link Program – FEM (Female Employment Mentorship) Program

This program continues TAPP’s increasing emphasis on employment placement and work experience for women. Twelve young women with employment barriers receive employment preparation and skills development, and a paid work placement with non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses. Two courses were offered per year, each lasting 24 weeks and beginning in either April or October.

  • September 2005 – March 2006

HRSDC – Skills Link Program – BRP (Bread and Roses Program)

With 12 high-risk young adults (men and women), this program provides assistance to non-profit organizations involved in addressing issues relating to the provision of food from a community point of view.

  • March 2004 – October 2004

HRDC – YSC Program – FEM (Female Employment Mentorship) Program

With 12 high-risk bilingual female young adults, the FEM program was conducted primarily in French, providing the participants with an employment preparation and skills development, and a paid work placement with non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses.

  • July 2003 – December 2003

HRDC – YSC Program – FLAP (Female Leadership and Assistance Program)

With 12 high-risk female young adults, the FLAP project devised, conducted, and prepared a report on female poverty in Ottawa. The research study involved 250 women living in poverty.

  • July 2003 – December 2003

HRDC – YSC Program – CROP (The Community Resources Opportunity Program)

With 12 high-risk young adults, the CROP project provided various community groups publicity, technology, data-base, and web-page assistance to community partners.

  • July 2002 – December 2002

HRDC – YSC Program – WAC (Women Assisting the Community)

With 10 high-risk women, the WAC program worked with TAPP to provide services to the community. The women provided “Train the Trainer” services and public relations to community partners.

  • July 2002 – December 2002

HRDC – YSC Program – CCD (Community Computer Depot)

With 10 high-risk participants, the CCD is a retail-like operation providing computer technology to low-income individuals and organizations on a storefront basis. In partnership with the City of Ottawa, CCD has continued as a TAPP operation after the end of the YSC funding.

  • November 2001 – June 2002

HRDC – YSC Program – WIN (Women’s Interdependence Network)

With 12 high-risk women, the WIN program worked with TAPP to provide services to the community. The women were placed in community partners to enhance their computer skills as well as their administrative skills

  • July 2001 – March 2002

HRDC – YSC Program – TIP (Technology Independence Program)

With 20 high-risk participants, the TIP worked with TAPP to develop the self-sufficiency within the 50 community-based Internet access centers TAPP has established in Ottawa

  • September 2000 – March 2001

HRDC – YSC Program – MAP (Multimedia Access Program)

With 12 high-risk participants, the MAP project worked with the TAPP community-access network to produce web sites and associated multimedia material. All participants qualified for their completion grant.

  • March 1999 – September 1999

HRDC – YSC Program – TOP (Technology Opportunity Program)

With 12 high-risk participants, TAPP Internet access centre network expanded throughout Ottawa-Carleton. All but one participant qualified for their completion grant.

  • March 1998 – September 1998

HRDC – YSC Program, TAPP (The Anti-Poverty Project), under the sponsorship of the Action Centre for Social Justice

With 12 participants, set up community access Internet centers using donated equipment. All participants qualified for their completion grant.