Pssstttt! 2SLGBTQ+ youth in the Peel and Halton Regions, we have exciting NEWS: YouthOrganize applications are now LIVE!
What’s YouthOrganize? We’re glad you asked!
YouthOrganize is a 10-month volunteer program that brings 2SLGBTQ+ youth together in Peel (Brampton, Caledon, & Mississauga) and Halton (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, & Oakville) regions to organize! Twenty youth between the ages of 16-29 will be selected to volunteer in this year’s cohort. The majority of Youth Volunteers will be Indigenous, Black, and/or youth or colour, and priority will be given to trans youth.
In small pods, YouthOrganize volunteers will create and/or continue organizing initiatives, with the support of LGBT YouthLine staff. Volunteers will have access to skill-based training, virtual community building, ongoing staff support, and project funding to see their community projects take shape. Through building relationships and engaging with local 2SLGBTQ+ service providers and community members, YouthOrganize volunteers will learn about leadership, skill-building, and community outreach.
Our YouthOrganize staff team will fully support volunteers virtually and provide all necessary program resources. This means that YouthOrganize volunteers kick off the program cycle with a three-day virtual retreat for volunteer onboarding! The virtual retreat will include interactive group activities, creative and art-based workshops, as well as shared meals and socials.
This cycle of YouthOrganize volunteers will be part of the program until August 2021. During their time in the program, YouthOrganize volunteers will work with their pods to see their community initiatives come to life with the support of skill-building workshops, community partners, and funding opportunities!