CLICK - SOY Mentoring Program
is the SOY Mentoring Program?
How can you get involved?
is the SOY Mentoring Program?
The Mentoring program is about connecting LGBTTQ youth to safe,
out, adult 'mentors' from the community. Mentors can help you
explore questions you may have about identity, sexuality and
community. They provide support, encouragement
and a non-judgmental listening ear to talk about anything and
everything going on in your life, family, school, friends relationships,
Community Mentoring involves matching a youth with a safe, screened
adult in a one to one relationship. Matches are based on the needs
of the youth and shared interests and values. Mentors and youth
spend time together on a regular basis (once a week or so) to:
- meet at a coffee shop/juice bar to hang out and talk
- go to a movie or a play in the community
- explore the city together
- cook and share a meal
- celebrate birthdays and holidays, etc.
'Having that mentor in your back pocket, saying keep going,
keep going, you can do it...if nobody else will believe in your
dreams or what you hope to accomplish in your life your mentor
- matched youth
Monday Night Drop-In
Monday Night Drop-In is a weekly drop-in where adult mentors and
youth create community together. It's a fun 'queer' space for socializing,
relaxing and sharing a home cooked meal. We have movie nights, arts
and recreational activities and special workshops and events. Youth
are welcome to come check it out EVERY Monday night (including
statutory holidays) from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at
Sherbourne Health Centre, 2 nd
floor, 333 Sherbourne Street.
Contact John at (416) 324-4100 x 5339 or email us at
"Being queer and having people who really understand that...it's
having that connection that makes me feel even better about who
I am and what I've accomplished in my life"
- Monday Night Drop-in Youth
Non-Profit Housing Mentoring
We have secured a limited number of subsidized housing units in
the non-profit housing sector. This housing is designated for youth
who are matched with a community mentor and are in need of housing.
*At this time the need for housing greatly exceeds the availability.
We are working very hard to expand our housing pool.
Mentors are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or transgender
(or gay-positive and trans-positive) adults, 29 years of age or
older. Mentors come from a diversity of backgrounds and have varied
life experiences, interests and skills . All mentors undergo a thorough
orientation and screening process before they are accepted into
the program. Mentors must agree to abide by program policies that
clearly outline their role and responsibilities . Ongoing support
and training are provided.
SOY welcomes all youth who are 14-29 years of age, and identify
as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or transgender or questioning.
Youth may be living with their families, or be on their own. Some
youth may be employed or in school, while others won't be. Youth
who are HIV+ can also be matched with supportive, knowledgeable
How can you
If you are an adult 29 years or older who is interested
in becoming a community or group mentor, or if you would like to
provide housing for a young person, please call Leslie, the program
co-ordinator at (416) 324-5082 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the orientation and screening process.
If you are 14-29years old and interested in exploring the
possibility of being matched with a mentor, call Leslie at (416)
324-5082 and arrange to meet with her. After that, you can decide
if you want to go ahead or not. If you prefer, someone who knows
you can make the initial call.