Rainbow West - Yorktown Family Services
Abhirami@yorktownfamilyservices.com

General Information

Fees:

Free

Eligibility:

Ages: 12+ years

Referral:

No referral required

Next Session Dates:

New virtual workshop series starting July 15th, 2021.

Service Duration:

52 weeks

Languages offered:

English

Hours:

Can reach out to the program from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday

Location:

West Toronto Youth Hub
1541 Jane Street, North York ON M9N 2R3

Contact:

Abhirami Balachandran
416-433-7259
Abhirami@yorktownfamilyservices.com

Rainbow West

Program Description:

The Rainbow West Program is a 2SLGBTQ+ youth program, for ages 12-29 offered in West Toronto. Through this program youth have an opportunity to access mental health supports, dedicated to responding to their unique needs while accessing an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for youth who identify as queer/trans.  Youth can engage in drop-in programming, one to one mental health services, youth-led initiatives, and help inform program activities.

Program Objectives:

  1. Introduce 2SLGBTQ+ youth programming in West Toronto
  2. Increase access to appropriate and relevant mental health services for youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
  3. Provide suitable interventions to address social emotional challenges
  4. Support service coordination needs in areas of academics, employment, housing, substance use/mental health, sexual health, social connections, and other life domain areas.

Zine Project

The Rainbow West Zine Project is a collective effort of 2SLGBTQ+ youth artists and peer leaders who met virtually over the course of several months, shared their experiences, fostered a sense of community and made art together.

The project was funded the City of Toronto, through the Identify ‘N Impact Grant Program. The INI funding program supports youth-led initiatives that promote youth empowerment and community safety. With the help of the INI grant, the young artists and peer leaders received honorariums for their art and commitment to this important youth initiative.

The goal of the project was to create a safe and welcoming space for 2SLGBTQ+ youth, in an effort to cultivate engagement and discussions around community safety through zine making.

The outcomes of the project reflect the necessity of discussions pertaining to 2SLGBTQ+ mental and physical health, safer spaces in the community, centering of BIPOC voices and accessibly. It is a valuable resource for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and the community at large, as it reflects the shared experiences and unique challenges that youth are facing every day.

By creating these zines, the participants hope to build capacity in improving queer and trans youth inclusivity and service access in the Toronto West neighborhoods.

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