Join reachOUT for the Volunteer Appreciation Event & Creative Community Building Workshop - Nov. 25th 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Centre for Women & Trans People, University of Toronto.
reachOUT is a creative, inclusive & accessible program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, gender nonconforming and queer (LGBTTGNCQ) people in the Greater Toronto Area. In particular, we recognize the needs of youth and adults who experience multiple oppressions and work to create spaces with and for people who are traditionally excluded from mainstream services, including people of colour, trans, two-spirit and gender nonconforming people, and disabled people. We are committed to social justice, community building, education and advocacy to increase access, visibility and to strengthen our communities. As part of equitable representation, our staff team reflects the diversity of our queer, trans, two-spirit and gender non-conforming communities with the majority of our team members identifying as Black, Indigenous and people of colour. We offer:
- Individual and family counselling for youth 12-18
- Settlement services for LGBTTGNCQ immigrants and refugees (all ages)
- Consultation and training to service providers and external agencies
- Accessible workshops
- Drop-in groups
- Outreach services
- Arts programming
- Sports and recreational activities
For more info, please contact:
reachOUT@griffincentre.org or Tess Vo, Supervisor, reachOUT at 416-559-8565.
reachOUT – Free Counselling for Youth 12-18!
Need someone to talk to? Looking for some support? We provide free counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, queer and questioning youth (and their families) between 12-18 years old across the Greater Toronto Area.
We can support you in a variety of areas such as sexual identity, gender identity, transitioning, building positive relationships, coming out, housing, employment, addressing violence, harassment and discrimination, self-esteem, reducing isolation and increasing access to social networks and affirmative spaces, disability and mental health.
We are flexible and can meet you anywhere in the city to provide sessions. We can also provide ASL and language interpretation, and TTC tokens for you to come and meet with us.
Our counsellors are from the LGBTTGNCQ and disability community, and we are primarily people of colour. We have firsthand experience of what some of the challenges and barriers that LGBTTGNCQ youth face. We will make sure that your safety, comfort and privacy are a priority. We look forward to hearing from you…come check us out!
For more info, contact Intake at reachOUT:
reachOUT Newcomer Network:
offers services for youth starting at 12 years of age, to adults who are permanent residents of Canada and government assisted refugees.
We can help you:
• Find a job
• Put together a resume and gain interviewing skills
• Find a place to live
• Sponsor a partner or family member to immigrate to Canada
• Access Government income assistance programs such as Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario
Disability Support Program (ODSP)
• Access Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) as well as find scholarships and bursaries
• Enroll in college, university, or find job training
• Find English classes such as enrolling in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
• Apply for your SIN card, health card from Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), Permanent
Resident Card and driver's license
• Find a family doctor
• Interpretation and translation .
We also offer:
• Weekly sports activities, including basketball, badminton and volleyball games
• Weekly hip-hop dance classes and summer music camp
• Weekly drop-ins where you can meet new friends, such as:
- Support group for LGBTTGNCQ newcomer youth
- Discussion group for newcomer youth where they can talk about adjusting to life in Toronto
and practice English
• Referral to community services
• Support in filling out government forms (such as immigration, OSAP/ OW, university or college
We are here to listen to you and we'd be happy to talk with you about what is going on in your life! We offer services in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Somali, Portuguese and Tamil. Interpreters can be provided for other languages- just ask! All of our services are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, gender nonconforming and queer (LGBTTGNCQ) friendly and we always make your comfort and confidentiality a priority. All services are offered free of charge.
For more info, please contact:
Idil Hyder, Outreach and Settlement Worker
Phone: 416-222-1153 ext. 181
reachOUT Newcomer Network is generously funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
sprOUT is all about connecting LGBTTGNCQ people labelled with intellectual disabilities across Ontario. We hold fun events such as dances, BBQs, movie nights and parties. Our workshops on sexual health, self advocacy, and how to create LGBTTGNCQ positive space are co-facilitated by LGBTTGNCQ people labelled with intellectual disabilities. We also offer consultation to individuals, their families and support workers.
Special thanks to all the funders/sponsors for their continued support of reachOUT!
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
City of Toronto, Toronto Public Health
Ontario Arts Council
TO LIVE WITH CULTURE
Community One Foundation
Media Sponsor: Xtra Magazine