YouthLink-( formerly Big Sisters of Metro Toronto)

Registered Name: YOUTHLINK

Business Number: 126207786RR0001

YouthLink is a multi-service mental health agency for youth ages 12-24 yrs old.  We strengthening the GTA with a target on Scarborough Ontario for youth and their families to thrive.

The mental health and emotional wellbeing of youth and their families is our focus. We join with young people, their families, and community partners to highlight and develop strengths, aspirations and positive actions for improving the health and well-being of all who live, work, study and play in Scarborough.

Founded in 1914 as the Big Sister Movement of Toronto, our organization today is an anchor agency of the United Way of Greater Toronto and accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.

Our no-cost services range from a What's Up Walk-In counseling clinic, ongoing counseling and telepsychiatry to parenting programs, an LGBTQ peer group (YAAHA) as well as residential treatment, supportive co-op housing, educational support and community outreach to youth. 

Our professional and experienced staff includes social workers, child and youth workers, and youth peer educators as well as professional administrators. 

We believe in the potential of every young person, and we are dedicated to providing the support, guidance, and opportunities they seek to make positive life choices.

Based on our unique community, we have identified the following areas in need of immediate support:

  • Counseling - More counseling is needed for youth to cope with depression, anxiety, stress, family conflict and other challenges to their mental health and well-being.

  • Transitional Home and Emergency Shelter - In late 2018, YouthLink opened a combined 51-bed transitional home and emergency shelter, the only one of its kind from Victoria Park Avenue to Durham region. A variety of requirements must be met to ensure the success of this major undertaking. For example, in-house programming is needed to support homeless residents with their transition to stable living, with counseling support, and with temporary housing for their pets.

  • Engaging youth in priority neighborhoods - Our community outreach workers require more tools to support individual youth, living in underserved communities, focus on employment, housing, education, and legal matters.

  • Food security - Youth in many of our programs report hunger as a major obstacle to their wellbeing. We are currently examining sustainable solutions for addressing this high-priority concern. 

Your donation will 100% definitely make a difference! Please help us reach out to and support youth in need.

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