Across Canada, there are many great associations available to help our youth in any way they need. From homelessness to mental illness and more, here are a couple of the associations available.
Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) Toronto, Ontario
CTYS offers several programs to the youngsters in Toronto, such as:
- Pride & Prejudice; a unique program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, Two-Spirit and questioning youth, which is considered ages 13 to 24. They also offer services to the families of these youngsters. This program addresses issues of gender identity, relationships with romantic partners, family, peers, and the community. Other services include dealing with depression and anxiety or confronting childhood abuse or family violence. Anyone participating in this program is encouraged to investigate and embrace their uniqueness and identity.
- New Outlook; these programs are designed for youths aged 14 to 24 years old who are dealing with serious mental health issues. They provide support, case management, and counselling services. Staff implementing these programs work to instill hope, support improved life-skills, and encourage independence. Again, support for family members is also available within these programs.
Choices for Youth (CFY) St. John’s, Newfoundland
CFY has a mandate to assist youngsters in securing stable housing, education, and employment, as well as working on improving family stability and overall better health. Some of the issues CFY has programs to assist youth with are geared towards:
- Childhood trauma
- Mental illness
Much More Out There
It’s a big country, and there are a lot of youngsters out there, and many of them need help in some way. There are several good options in every major city, and some good ones on the outskirts as well. If you know a young person who could use some professional support, do a little research and find the right one to address their needs nearby.