The Provincial Youth Ambassador Program [PYAP] brings together 2SLGBTQ+ youth from across the province to increase 2SLGBTQ+ programming and supports in their local regions, strengthen leadership skills, and build networks amongst 2SLGBTQ+ youth. PYAP strives towards building communities that are not only safe and inclusive of 2SLGBTQ+ youth, but also free from systemic barriers and violence.
PYAP is by 2SLGBTQ+ youth, for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
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We’re excited to announce the release of 3 Chaotic Queers and Nourishing Our Roots, two podcasts created by our Youth Ambassadors! These podcasts are by and for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario.
Read on to learn more about each show.
Transcripts for each episode can be found here.
Do you ever find yourself mulling over the longterm impacts of living through COVID-19 (and the downfall of late-stage capitalism) as a young and ‘openly’ queer/trans person?
If it sounds like a lot to unpack, it’s because it is… So let’s unpack it together. Introducing our new upcoming podcast series, 3 Chaotic Queers! 🌈
Join Rabia (she/them), Nicole (she/them), & Sydney (they/her) as they discuss what it means to be queer in today’s society and why they’re ready to burn this capitalistic sh*tshow to the ground…
Listen to the trailer here, and catch the first episode of this 4-part series on Friday, March 4th, wherever you listen to your podcasts. Until then, make sure to give our quirky co-hosts a quick follow to find extra episode teasers and some super special bonus clips!! 🙀
Please note this content is intended for audiences 16+ and may contain mature discussions that are not suitable for younger individuals. Mentions of suicidality, drug use, acts of intolerance/violence targeted at 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and more will occur throughout.
What does it mean to have a wellness practice? How do you know what is the right practice that connects with your inner self? And how do these efforts connect to decolonization and affirmation for the 2SLGBTQ+ community? These questions represent only a few that Nourishing Our Roots sets out to answer. Nourishing Our Roots is a podcast that explores wellness practices in an effort to promote healing for racialized and Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ folks. With a holistic approach, hosts Grace and Ashiana speak with guests about four pillars of wellness through a decolonial lens. This season features discussion and activities around themes of spirituality, art, embodied practices, and sexual health.
This podcast is a response to YouthLine’s Do Better report, featuring 7 recommendations by 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario for more inclusive and effective ways to service their community. Nourishing Our Roots is grounded by the belief that 2SQTBIPOC deserve wellness services and tools that are anchored in decolonization, cultural relevance and gender and sexual affirmation.
Nourishing our Roots Credits:
Ashiana Ismail, Grace Guillame – Creators & Hosts
Grace Guillame – Music
Tahmina Giasi – Logo art
kumari giles – Consultation
Episodes drop every Friday! Tune in starting March 4th, 2022 on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! 🌈 ✨
PYAP is creating a zine!
This zine came out of the understanding that for many 2SLGBTQ+ youth, coming out or inviting others in does not feel like a safe option in certain or all spaces. We hope to capture the multiple ways 2SLGBTQ+ youth (under 29) in Ontario may affirm, honour, or express their sexuality or gender identity discreetly, so we invite you to share any and all the ways you do so via your own entry. We especially hope to hear from 2SLGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, and youth of colour. A select 20 entries will receive an honoraria of $50 and the final zine will be hosted on LGBT YouthLine’s website in May.
We welcome written and artistic submissions, which you can submit here.
Please note: We ask that you only submit one entry. We cannot guarantee that everyone will receive an honoraria depending on how many submissions we receive. By submitting to the form, you consent to have your entry included in the zine regardless of whether you receive an honoraria or not (you can also opt out of receiving one).
The deadline for submission is March 14th by 11:59 pm EST.
If you have any questions about the form or zine, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Provincial Youth Ambassador Program is now offering dedicated Healing Spaces exclusive to 2SLGBTQ+ Black and Indigenous youth (ages 16-29) in Ontario!
Running from late December 2021 to March 2022, this initiative offers Youth Ambassadors in these pods the opportunity to engage each other in holistic conversations and activities centered on healing and the intersections of race, indigeneity, sexuality and gender.
Example workshops include:
These weekly sessions are facilitated by Black and/or Indigenous community organizers and leaders, and will culminate in the creation of collaborative art zines to commemorate youths’ time spent together and the learnings they will take away!
In 2019, LGBT YouthLine’s Provincial Youth Ambassador Program (PYAP) brought together 18 2SLGBTQ+ youth from across Ontario to lead an assessment about the experiences and needs of 2SLGBTQ+ youth (29 and under) in Ontario.
The PYAP Youth Ambassadors worked together to develop the entire process, and almost 1,200 youth participated through an online survey and in-person community sharing circles between July-September 2019. The results from the Needs Assessment are powerful and speak to the immediate and future needs of our communities while also amplifying the resilience of 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
Drawing from this assessment, and after much anticipation, LGBT YouthLine is excited to announce the release of “Do Better: 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Recommendations for Change in Ontario.”
The report details seven recommendations calling on organizations, government, service providers, educators, health care professionals, and community leaders in Ontario to #DoBetter to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario. For more details about each of these recommendations and how you can take action, visit dobetter.youthline.ca.
With the time, dedication, and support of our Youth Ambassadors and YouthLine Staff, community members, the research team, artists, designers, and so many more, this report and this research became a reality. Thank you for all of your work <3
A special thank you to 2SLGBTQ+ youth who participated in the 2019 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Needs Assessment. Thank you for trusting us with your experiences, thoughts, and demands. Thank you for sharing your dreams, goals, and futures. We hope this report will make you proud, and that you will continue to make demands for services, leaders and politicians to #DoBetter.
We’re excited to finally announce the 2020 Youth Ambassador Community Projects! Check out the full project details by clicking here!
We are super lucky to have 14 amazing Youth Ambassadors (YAs) as part of the 2020/2021 PYAP Cohort!
The YAs began their volunteer positions in June, participating in weekly YouthLine core trainings and skill shares. This Cohort has been incredibly lucky to learn from so many wonderful 2SLGBTQ+ community members throughout our training cycle. The YAs have also been busy with team building activities; due to Covid-19, we were not able to have our Opening Retreat, so we moved our team building to online spaces: escape rooms, ‘gaymes’ nights, and colouring galore!
Moving into the Fall, the YAs are busy planning and implementing their community projects. Online Black-only support spaces, 2SLGBTQ+ youth zines, community needs assessments, affirmation decks, and online video resources, just to name a few! For more information about the YA community projects, including how you can get involved, visit this page: PYAP Projects 2020
In December, PYAP will have our closing celebrations, as we say goodbye to another year of wonderful Youth Ambassadors <3
The Provincial Youth Ambassador Program 2019/2020 cohort has sadly come to an end. We had such an amazing year, and are so incredibly proud of the Youth Ambassadors, and all of the work they have done to support and amplify the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities across Ontario.