At Access Alliance we hold group activities at our east and west offices and provide one-on-one support for immigrant and refugee youth in Toronto. This includes access to primary health care services, settlement counselling, mental health therapists, dietitians, and many other resources. Many of our programs are arts-based (theatre, photography, crafts) and include peer mentoring and volunteer opportunities. We also have online programs. Visit our program calendar to see what’s on this month.
All programs and services are free. We welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) newcomer youth. This is a positive space for you.
Some of our regular programming includes:
- Weekly drop-in/workshops like “Youth R’ Us”, English Conversation Circles, “Tutor Time” for homework support.
- Young woman focused programs like ‘Its a Girl Thing’ and “Young Women’s Circle” encouraging aspirational planning and empowerment
- Sports and recreation opportunities including monthly field trips, when possible
We partner with Greenwood Secondary School and Downsview Secondary School, providing programming on site in partnership with the TDSB and other community partners. We also run a youth health clinic at Greenwood Secondary School.
One-on-one counselling can help you with your new life in Canada and other things that are important to you. We can help you with filling out forms, police and the law, education, employment, counseling (when you need someone to talk to), information about other services, housing, food, health care, and immigration. We provide services to all newcomer youth regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, culture, religion and ethnicity.
One-on-One support can help with:
- Filling out forms
- Someone to talk to
- Making friends
- Finding a place to live
- Other things that are important to your life!
To make an appointment, just call or drop by:
AccessPoint on Danforth: 3079 Danforth Ave – 416-693-8677
AccessPoint on Jane: 761 Jane Street, 2nd Floor – 416-760-8677
Information and Links
Volunteering, school, finding a job, immigration questions
Do you need someone to talk to?
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/
Lesbian Gay & Trans Youthline: 1-800-268-9688, http://www.youthline.ca/
Volunteer and student placement opportunities
If you’re interested in getting volunteer experience or hours, please connect with a youth worker at Access Alliance and they will tell you about current opportunities to get involved.
Have an idea about a newcomer youth program or activity? Interested in partnering with us to provide newcomer youth programs in a school, library, residential building or organization? Contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you!