Profile: SOY : Supporting Our Youth a program of Sherbourne Health Centre
Status: Sherbourne Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization
Community served: SOY serves LGBTQ youth ages 16 – 29. This includes youth who are homeless and underhoused, black youth, First Nations, and newcomers.
Arts focus: SOY has many programs and groups where art is the focus:
Fruit Loopz: Fruit Loopz Youth Stage at Pride is a festival of arts, words and ideas for spectrum (LGBTQ) youth, by spectrum youth. Fruit loopz includes talented young musicians, slam poets, dancers, actors, drag artists and more.
Pink Ink: A writing group for queer/trans youth. Pink Ink is a conscious, multi-disciplinary, for-youth-by-youth writing program for queer, transgender, Two Spirit and questioning youth writers in Toronto. Sponsored by Toronto Arts Council.
Shift: SOY’s photography project, in partnership with Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Shift is a program for youth who are interested in learning about photography, camera operation, darkroom printing, and creative expression. Sponsored by Toronto Arts Council.
Location: Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5A 2S5
Mandate: Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an exciting, dynamic community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities. We work to create healthy arts, culture and recreational spaces for young people; to provide supportive housing and employment opportunities; and to increase youth access to adult mentoring and support.
Main arts activities: See Art Focus
Contact: Bev Lepischak Program Manager & Clare Nobbs Program Coordinator – Community Programs
Phone number: 416-324-5077
Address: 333 Sherbourne Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5A 2S5
-submitted by Clare Nobbs Program Coordinator – Community Programs, SOY
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