The Youth 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer Program at the YMCA Center of Immigrant Programs supports young newcomers who identify as LGBTQIA+. The program was created to support clients who face structural barriers to accessing and navigating systems of services. In-person and one-on-one sessions are provided anonymously.
One example of the programs available include the “East Coast Kitchen Party” for newcomers who are 2SLGBTQIA+ who are 19 years of age and older. The event creates a space for young adult newcomers to meet likeminded individuals, eat food, celebrate culture, and connect. Influenced by part of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic Kitchen party culture, the event brings people together for music, food, and the opportunity to make new friends. This project was featured on CBC Mainstreet and the episode can be listened to HERE!
In addition to the above, place-based services including trainings, workshops and one-on-one sessions are provided in accessible manners.
The YMCA Provides:
- Workshops and Training to Organizations and Youth
- Needs-Based Youth Programming and Services
- One-on-one support, as well as peer supportive spaces for LGBTQ2+ youth and allies.