LGBT Youth Line
The LGBT Youth Line Mission:
“The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, we provide leadership opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and referrals by telephone, texting and online.”
Youth Line is a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support (for youth by youth) service. Youth Line’s number will not show up on a phone bill.
Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.
Website : http://www.youthline.ca/
Friends of Ruby (formerly Egale Youth OUTreach)
Friends of Ruby support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and two-spirit youth (aged 16-29) through counselling, housing, practical assistance and multiple activities.
Available: counselling supports, drop-in services (downtown Toronto) and programming, case management and practical support, and housing.
LGBTQ Rights in Schools by CCLA and CCLET
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a national organization that was constituted to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, and foster recognition of these rights and liberties. The fight against abuse of state authority has not always won popularity contests for CCLA, but the Association has been a leader in protecting our fundamental freedoms, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stands on such issues as censorship, capital punishment, and police powers.
Click here to download their Information Guide to LGBTQ Rights in Schools designed for students, allies and teachers; created by CCLA and the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET).
Website : http://ccla.org/
Need Help Now (social media)
If you (or a friend, peer or sibling) have been involved in a self/peer exploitation incident (otherwise known as “sexting”), we are here to help. This site provides you with guidance on steps you can take to get through this. This website includes information on what steps you can take to have on-line content removed, how to deal with others, getting help, coping and reporting.
Website : https://needhelpnow.ca/app/en/
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), formerly known as Jer’s Vision, promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy.
Check out their programs, campaigns, events, awards & scholarship opportunities. Notably CCGSD is a proud leader in the International Day of Pink (DayOfPink.org) engaging people to wear pink and run programs that stand up to bullying.
Website : http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/
UNICEF Canada is a Canadian non-governmental organization established more than 50 years ago. UNICEF Canada is one of 36 National Committees around the world who play a vital role in generating fundraising revenue, public support and awareness for UNICEF’s work and are also advocates for the protection and realization of children’s rights.
Website : http://www.unicef.ca/
Youth Criminal Law
A website of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) providing information about the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
School Advocacy Hamilton
This School Advocacy Hamilton website gives information to parents to support advocacy for children in Ontario public schools. It has tips and strategies to help parents ensure the school is meeting their child’s education needs.
Website : http://www.schooladvocacy.ca
Your Legal Rights
Online clearinghouse for community legal education in Ontario; a project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). Visit this site for hundreds of additional community legal education resources from organizations across Ontario on legal topics affecting low-income and disadvantaged communities.
Website : http://www.yourlegalrights.ca
The Center of Excellence for Youth Engagement
The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement (CEYE) brings together the expertise of youth, youth service providers, academic researchers and policy makers to identify, build and implement models of effective practice for meaningfully engaging youth and to document the results. The CEYE is committed to involving youth on a lead basis with the support of professional adults in every step of the research, policies and products generated.
Website : http://www.engagementcentre.ca