Youthspeak Performance Charity Organization

Registered Name: Youthspeak Performance Charity Organization

Business Number: 816143515RR0001

What We Do:
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
  • Empower youth voice for mental health, drug awareness and bullying prevention
  • Give a message of respect, hope and empathy 
Where Your Donation Goes:
There has been an 85 per cent increase in the number of children aged 10 to 17 who get admitted to hospital because of incidents involving self-harm.
  • Helps get youth who are struggling connected to resources
  • Provides leadership training and coaching – $4,500/year for one youth speaker
  • Supports interactive programs for grades 4-12, post-secondary, parents, educators
What We Still Need To Do:
Early identification leads to better outcomes: health, school attendance, cost-savings to healthcare, justice and social systems.
  • Decrease the impact of bullying, addiction and mental health challenges has on all of us
  • Deliver 280 programs reaching 40,000 throughout Ontario this year

Our Vision/Mission

To empower youth who face challenges through leadership training, in order to increase their social and emotional strengths and positively impact our world by sharing their personal stories in assemblies and workshops.

About Youthspeak Performance Charity Organization

YouthSpeak contributes to the mental and social well-being of students who may be facing challenges by creating awareness that bullying, mental health and addiction impacts everyone in the community. We train youth to share their personal stories and positive coping tools in assembly and workshops for students, parents and educators.

For every student who sits in the classroom with horrifying anxiety or unrelenting loneliness, YouthSpeak provides inspiration to ask for help. For parents who live with the torment of trying to support their child through these challenges, YouthSpeak gives a voice of hope. In honour of all who have taken their own lives as a result of bullying, mental health issues or addiction, YouthSpeak is aiming to reach 40,000 youth this year to prevent any more suffering.

Help us reach our goal! Your donation will provide leadership training for youth to share their stories and pay-it-forward to others.

Please consider YouthSpeak as you make charitable giving.

What People Are Saying

"I was blown away by the response of our students; they actively participated in the conversations and truly appreciated the courage of the speakers to share their stories. The students continue to thank us for having YouthSpeak come to the school... "

— Marisa Benakis, St. Jerome Aurora, Ontario

"Thank you so much for providing such excellent speakers! ... the youth were encouraged by their recovery and their honest/open dialogue on their current struggles and effective coping skills. The youth had many questions and were very comfortable talking with both speakers. "

— Mary Ann Cunningham, Durham Children's Aid Society

"I've had several students so moved...I have noticed increased empathy, awareness and understanding relating to youth mental health. I've also had a few students so impacted with the workshop, it brought up old feelings they've experienced in their own lives. "

— Monica Goia, Gola RN MN CPMHN(c) York University

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