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Help Us Answer the Call!

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a service that relies on the contribution of many volunteers. The donation of time and talent by all our volunteers ensures that we are able to provide an empathetic ear and important information to isolated and at-risk youth throughout Ontario. Online, through text message and over the phone, Youth Line volunteers provide a province-wide free and anonymous peer support service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirit, queer and questioning youth in Ontario.

 


 

Peer Support Volunteers

Applications to be a peer support volunteer are now closed. Please check back here June 2019 when we start accepting new volunteers!

 

Peer Support Volunteers are the folks on the other end of the line. They take calls, chats, and texts from Ontario’s 2SLGBTQ youth. They do this Sunday-Friday, 4:00-9:30 PM.

 

Volunteering means:

  • Being part of one of the largest 2SLGBTQ youth organizations in the province
  • Experiencing a fun and challenging 12 week training that focuses on anti-racism and anti-oppression frameworks
  • Hanging out in a community of other 2SLGBTQ youth
  • Receiving food and TTC tokens

 


Student Placements

We look forward to inviting students to working with post-secondary students to apply for placement positions with us. Youth Line has a number of exciting positions throughout the organization where students can do meaningful work and learn more about peer support for LGBTQ2S youth, provincial work, fundraising, event planning, and the nonprofit sector.

Outreach Student Placement

Service Student Placement

 


Join Youth Line’s Committees!

  • For each committee, please fill in our application form to help us get to know you.
  • Resume and cover letter are not necessary.
  • Prior experience is not necessary.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Send questions or express your interest to join via info@youthline.ca.

 

Here’s more about each committee:

 

Craftathon Committee

Open to 2SLGBTQ youth and non-youth in the Toronto area

 

Are you artsy? Like making crafts? Do you like connecting with people? Are planning events totally your thing? If so, join LGBT Youth Line’s Craftathon Committee!

 

Craftathon is LGBT Youth Line’s annual fundraiser. Taking place in early spring, Craftathon is a day of crafting and community. Participants who want to attend Craftathon sign up individually or as a team and ask their friends, colleagues, family, and other folks to pledge them to spend a day of crafting to raise money for LGBT Youth Line. Participants must raise a minimum amount to attend.  On Craftathon day, participants can learn how to make a variety of crafts from craft table leads, all while enjoying good food and good company.

 

The Craftathon Committee is responsible for making Craftathon happen. Specific activities include:

  • Planning the event;
  • Obtaining sponsorships;
  • Recruiting volunteer table leads to teach crafts;
  • Maintaining a social media presence;
  • Managing logistics;
  • Organizing volunteers; and,
  • Running the event on Craftathon day.

 

Craftathon has been a success for the past three years and we can’t wait for our next one.

 

Planning for our 2019 Craftathon begins in August 2018 and committee meetings will take place between August and March 2019.

 

Help us grow the Craftathon to make it bigger and better! Click here for more information

 

Youth Awards Committee

Open to LGBTQ2S youth & non-youth in the Toronto area.

 

Youth Awards is looking for new members!

The LGBT Youth Awards are a way to celebrate and recognize the contributions of outstanding LGBTTIQQ2SA youth. The youth awards gala is an event featuring an evening reception followed by an awards ceremony with performances featuring up and coming LGBTTIQQ2SA youth artists. It takes a lot to put on this evening and we need your help to do it! Get more info on the different roles you could take on here.

Fundraising Committee

This committee is open to LGBTQ youth and non-youth, allies and those outside of Toronto.

The fundraising committee is a board-driven committee that is responsible for supporting the fundraising activities of LGBT Youth Line alongside our Fundraising Coordinator. We coordinate fundraising campaigns, connect Youth Line with new sponsors and donors, and support relationship development with third party fundraisers, be they individuals, schools or workplaces. Over the next year, we will be focusing on:

  • Increasing our fundraising initiatives during Pride season
  • Strengthening fundraising through third-party events, including providing more formalized supports to individuals/groups running those events
  • Expanding our fundraising more into other parts of the province

We are currently seeking new committee members who either have experience in fundraising, networks that would be useful in growing the Youth Line fundraising network or who are interested in working alongside our team to learn and grow their fundraising skills.

If you do not have the time or capacity to commit to our fundraising committee, we would encourage you to reach out nonetheless, as we are always eager to grow our network of fundraising supporters, advisers and donors.

 

Outreach Committee

This committee is open to LGBTQ youth and non-youth, allies and those outside of Toronto.

Help us spread the word about Youth Line and better serve the needs of communities across the province!

  • Support the work of a 2SLGBTQ youth-led organization
  • Increase Youth Line’s reach across Ontario
  • Represent the needs of your community
  • Make connections to organizations on Youth Line’s behalf

We also hope that members of this committee can do outreach for Youth Line by attending community events and/or distributing our outreach materials within their respective communities.

 


 

Why Volunteer?

  • Meet new people and build your network of support
  • Explore new challenges and learn new skills
  • Improve the quality of life in the LGBTQ community
  • Be there for someone that needs support, information and resources

Things To Consider

  • How much time do I have to volunteer?
  • What skills would I enjoy sharing or like to develop?

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to contribute to the Youth Line. Volunteers of all ages and identities are welcome. However, Peer Support Volunteers must be 26 years old or younger; identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, two-spirit, queer, asexual, or something else along those lines; and be able to get to Toronto to volunteer.

 


Join Our Board of Directors

LGBT Youth Line is looking for youth (18-29 years old) and non-youth candidates to join our Board of Directors. There are currently two positions available to be filled.

 

Our Board works with the Executive Director, staff, and volunteers to fulfill our mission to serve 2SLGBTQ youth. As a Board Member, you can expect to participate in a wide range of activities, such as:

  • Attending and participating in monthly board meetings;
  • Policy writing, research, policy review;
  • Representing the organization at public events, including Pride and LGBT Youth Line’s two major events: the Youth Awards and Craftathon fundraiser;
  • Actively participating in fundraising initiatives;
  • Chairing and sitting on various committees;
  • Attending and participating in committee meetings;
  • Attending and participating in LGBT Youth Line’s Annual General Meeting; and,
  • Planning for the future of the organization.

 

Board Members are required to serve a minimum of one 2-year term, with a monthly commitment of at least 15 to 20 hours.

 

Click here to learn more about joining our Board of Directors