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 29 years old and under through our groups, programs and events and by providing one-on-one support.
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 support you to 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 support your strengths and goals.
We can support you in many ways
Come identify and achieve your personal goals, develop and maintain your independence, have a place to be yourself, and support your mind, body and spirit. We support your positive mental health and self-determination, your relationship skills and your spiritual, physical and creative coping skills. We 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, getting support with school or finding affirming counsellors and medical care. Come find support, especially as:
- a racialized/BIPOC youth;
- someone experiencing homelessness;
- a youth from another country or small town;
- someone who has been in the child welfare system;
You can find queer and trans friends, mentors and community in SOY’s programs, and learn about LGBT2SQ communities, histories and issues. Come express yourself, build your confidence and leadership skills, celebrate and more. We are here to support you with challenges in your lives.
SOY’s Goal Planning Services (GPS)
We have five Youth Resource Workers who will:
- meet with you regularly to work with you to identify and achieve your personal goals;
- support you with arranging appointments, such as those with your: landlord, addictions or mental health counsellor, medical practitioner, school counsellor, Ontario Works representative, immigration lawyer, CAS worker, 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.
Explore your goals with peers in our weekly health and well-being groups
Dinner is served from 6-6:30 pm; programming runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
|Intersections: SOY’s Tuesday health and wellness hub||Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm|
|Black Queer Youth (BQY): Black, African, Caribbean or multiracial youth/young adults||Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm|
|Express: Newcomer and refugee youth/ young adults||Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm|
|Trans Fusion Crew: trans, non-binary and gender-questioning youth and young adults||Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm|
Connect with mentors or develop your leadership skills through SOYCONNECT’s Mentorship and Peer Leadership Programs
- Group Mentorship: Mentors support your goals during weekly health and well-being groups
- Individual Mentorship: Mentors are matched with you personally to support your goals
- The Melanin Linx Project: This initiative connects you, a Black LGBT2SQ youth, with a Black LGBT2SQ mentor to support your life skills, resiliency and connection to communities
- SOY Lead: This paid peer leadership program provides advanced training in peer education to those of you who are 12-25 years old and have faced barriers
See if a unit has become available in our Internal Housing Program
Together with St. Clare’s, SOY provides 20 rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units of housing, available to LGBT2SQ Youth 27 years old and under to apply for when units become available. Learn more about the Internal Housing program.
Learn more & access our services
You can drop by our intake office at these times:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
- Tuesdays: 1 to 7 pm
We’re in Room 2070 at Sherbourne Health, 333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario. You can also reach us at 416-324-5077 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.