Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an innovative community development program of Sherbourne Health Centre. SOY works to support the health and well-being of all queer and trans spectrum youth by running groups, programs and events and by providing one-on-one support for queer, trans and questioning youth who are 29 years old and under.
As an LGBT2SQ+ youth, you may experience some or many forms of hatred, abuse, harassment, exclusion and isolation for being yourself. It can be awful and traumatic dealing with harmful beliefs that exist in our communities, organizations, services and families. You may be feeling anger, fear, grief or loss. You may want extra support as you hold your head up, strive to stay safe, and imagine your future.
Supporting Our Youth is designed to help you restore, maintain or improve your health and well-being.
Based at Sherbourne Health, SOY is a collection of health and well-being programs and services for LGBT2SQ+ youth 29 years old and under. Over fifty per cent of youth we work with are newcomers.
We provide you with goal planning and health and wellness programming through our Youth Resource Workers; mental health and primary care service providers; mentors and peers; dietitians and housing supports; urban and newcomer health services; and community partners and referrals.
Through our Goal Planning Service (GPS), our Youth Resource Workers and our health and well-being programs, we’ll support your strengths and help you achieve your goals.
At SOY, we can help you identify and achieve your personal goals, develop and maintain your independence, have a place to be yourself, and support your mind, body and spirit. SOY can support your positive mental health and self-determination, help you work on relationship skills and build your spiritual, physical and creative coping skills.
SOY can also support you in figuring out your day-to-day, like finding a place to live, applying for money to support yourself, getting job search or career help, or getting support with school.
Additionally, we can help you:
You can find queer and trans friends, mentors and community in SOY’s programs, and learn about LGBT2SQ+ communities, histories and issues.
SOY can help you express yourself, build your confidence and leadership skills, celebrate and more.
We are here to help you with challenges in your lives.
We have five Youth Resource Workers who will:
Our health and well-being programs come in many forms, like our weekly community groups and our mentorship and peer leadership programs.
Monday: The Monday Night Drop-In 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Tuesday: Express (Newcomer Youth) 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday: Black Queer Youth (BQY) 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday: Trans Fusion Crew (TFC) 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Please Note: our drop-in programs may change in January of 2019.
Stay tuned for more information throughout the Fall of 2018 about:
To learn more about how our programs can help you, please stop by our intake office, Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, at Room 2070, Sherbourne Health, 333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario.
You can also reach us at 416-324-5077 or [email protected].