Group Name: Supporting Our Youth

Description: SOY is a community development program that has been creating opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual youth and adults in Toronto to build an inclusive, welcoming community together since 1998. SOY creates healthy arts, cultural and recreational spaces for young people; supports youth in building skills and developing capacities; and increases youth access to supportive housing and adult mentoring. Originally established as a grassroots project, SOY became a program of the Sherbourne Health Centre in September 2004.

The Mentoring program is about connecting LGBTTQ youth to safe, out, adult ‘mentors’ from the community. Mentors can help you explore questions you may have about identity, sexuality and community. They provide support, encouragement and a non-judgmental listening ear to talk about anything and everything going on in your life, family, school, friends relationships, etc. Community Mentoring involves matching a youth with a safe, screened adult in a one to one relationship. Matches are based on the needs of the youth and shared interests and values. Mentors and youth spend time together on a regular basis (once a week or so).

Where: 333 Sherbourne St. 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Monday Night Drop-In runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (including statutory holidays). Please call for further information.

Contact: John Caffery 416-324-4100 Ext. 5339 | www.soytoronto.org | jcaffery@sherbourne.on.ca

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