Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an innovative community development program of Sherbourne Health. 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.
what is SOY?
As an LGBT2SQ youth or young adult, you are resourceful and important. You are the expert of your own life and have found ways to survive if not thrive. Are you looking for extra support as you 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.
How we can help you
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:
- get support as a racialized/BIPOC youth;
- get support as a youth from another country or small town;
- get support as someone who has been in the child welfare system;
- access support from youth resource workers who may share your identities or life experiences; and
- find affirming counsellors and medical care.
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.
SOY’s Goal Planning Services (GPS)
We have five Youth Resource Workers who will:
- work with you to identify and achieve your personal goals;
- meet with you regularly, wherever you need to meet;
- go with you to appointments, such as those with your landlord, addictions or mental health counsellor, medical practitioner, school counsellor, Ontario Works representative, immigration lawyer, and others; and
- go with you to meetings with your family, however you define family.
SOY’s Health and well-being programs
Our health and well-being programs come in many forms, like our weekly community groups and our mentorship and peer leadership programs.
Weekly community groups
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.
Mentorship and peer leadership programs
Stay tuned for more information throughout the Fall of 2018 about:
- Group Mentorship
- Individual Mentorship
- The Black Queer Youth Mentorship Project
- SOY Lead
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@example.com.