YouthLink is a multi-service charity that is strengthening Scarborough Ontario for youth and their families to thrive. We are doing that by focusing on the mental health and emotional well being of area youth and their families. Founded in 1914 as the Big Sisters of Toronto, YouthLink is an anchor agency of the United Way of Greater Toronto and accredited by the Canadian Centre of Accreditation.
We join with youth, families and 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 our community.
Our no-cost services range from a What's Up Walk In counselling clinic, ongoing counselling, tele-psychiatry, 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 the unique needs of the community, we have identified the following areas in need of immediate support:
Counselling - More counselling 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 2017, YouthLink will open 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 need to be met to ensure the success of this major undertaking. Among them are the need for in-house programming to support homeless residents with their transition to stable living, counselling support, and temporary housing for pets of youth staying in the emergency shelter.
Engaging youth in priority neighbourhoods - Our community outreach workers require more tools in their work to support individual youth who are living in undeserved communities focus on employment, housing, legal and educational services.
Food security - Youth in many of our programs report hunger as a major obstacle to their well being. We are currently sustainable solutions to address this high-priority concern.
Your donation can make a difference! Please help us reach out to and support youth in need.