In 2019, YouthOrganize launched as an online platform to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario to build skills and support each other to better organize in their communities. We found that most of the youth interested in YouthOrganize were first time Organizers looking to start something new for the first time.
Based on learnings and the continued success of our Provincial Youth Ambassador Program, we have re-built YouthOrganize to create a more hands-on Program to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth to develop skill and work in small groups to organize in their communities.
We are excited to announce that we have successfully received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to launch this adapted program model in Peel, Halton and neighbouring regions. We’re hoping to be able to expand this Program into further regions in Ontario.
YouthOrganize brings together 2SLGBTQ+ youth within Peel, Halton and surrounding regions to increase 2SLGBTQ+ programming, supports and advocacy initiatives, strengthen leadership skills, and build networks amongst 2SLGBTQ+ youth. The majority of Youth Volunteers will be Indigenous, Black and/or youth or colour, and priority will be given to trans youth.
We are currently hiring two Coordinators to support this project. Please visit our Jobs section for more details.
More info on how to get involved with YouthOrganize coming soon!
YouthOrganize hosted live online webinars on a variety of grassroots organizing topics for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario. Sign up for the next one on Tuesday January 14th from 6 – 8 pm here:
Monday September 30 6-8 pm: Facilitation and Consent – Yami
Wednesday Oct 30 6 – 8 pm: Event Planning 101 – Tele Kapkirwok
Monday Nov 11 6 – 8 pm: BIPOC-centred spaces – Yasmine El-Hamamsy
Thursday Nov 28 6 – 8 pm: Boundaries – Christine Hsu
Wednesday Dec 11 6 – 8 pm: Leveraging Mainstream Media for Advocacy – Fae Johnstone
Tuesday Jan 14 6 – 8 pm: Accessibility – Crip Collective
If you have any questions about YouthOrganize in the meantime, please contact Hayley Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org