Thank you for accessing our LGBTQ2S Toolkit. We hope it was insightful and helpful for you.
This section contains information on replicating this Toolkit, credits for working on the Toolkit, our sources and suggested further readings, and a list of the organizations involved in the development of the Toolkit.
Replication of This Toolkit
The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness operates from an open-source framework. Our objective is to build the capacity of the youth homelessness sector so we can end youth homelessness in Canada.
We encourage you to take all or sections of this Toolkit to use in your local context to improve your programs and services to better support LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness. All we ask is that you credit us and refer back to this site. If you are taking resources that we have shared, please credit the original source.
For more information on replicating these resource please contact:
Learning Community Manager
A Way Home Canada
This resource was a massive undertaking and there are many people who were involved and are owed huge thanks.
The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness would like to thank our Youth Engagement Worker on this project. Teal Jaques is an incredible source of information and her passion for the project was contagious. Teal you are incredibly gifted community worker.
We also need to thank the youth who attended our focus groups and trusted us with their experiences and insights. We hope we were able to represent your thoughts as you shared them.
We are grateful for the support of ICOM Productions. Thank you for your dedication and being a champion of this project. We appreciate your support and expertise.
A huge thank you to Dr. Jama Shelton, Director of the Forty to None Project, who traveled to Toronto ON to be the Keynote Speaker at the Learning Community’s Annual Conference. Dr. Shelton’s talk formed the foundation of this Toolkit. Thank you Jama for sharing your knowledge and commitment to ending youth homelessness.
Dr. Alex Abramovich has been a supporter of this project from the beginning and volunteered a tremendous amount of his time to advise the development of the project. Dr. Abramovich’s research influenced the need for this project and the content included in the Toolkit. Thank you Dr. Alex for your passion and compassion.
This project required the support and commitment from the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness. Members commitment resources to ensuring the success of the Toolkit. Four member organizations hosted youth focus groups. Member organization encouraged staff to complete the staff survey and to participate as beta testers.
We would like to thank all the amazing folks who acted as beta testers of this Toolkit. Over 30 staff members of Learning Community organizations took time out of their busy work days to read and test the content of the Toolkit. They also shared invaluable feedback about what they reviewed that helped us improve the final product. The responses and insights shared challenged the developers of the Toolkit to rethink how the Toolkit is structured. This rethinking led to the realisation that there was a need to focus on the concept of creating welcoming spaces for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homeless with the goal of staff gaining the skills and knowledge to be effective allies for queer young people.
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Full Members of the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness are:
|Boys and Girls Club||Calgary AB|
|Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation||Brandon MB|
|Broadway Youth Resource Centre||Vancouver BC|
|Canadian Mental Health Association — Kelowna and District||Kelowna BC|
|Choices for Youth||St.John’s NL|
|Dans la Rue||Montreal QC|
|The Doorway||Calgary AB|
|Eva’s Initiatives||Toronto ON|
|Interior Community Services||Kamloops BC|
|KIngston Home Base Housing||Kingston ON|
|Niagara RAFT||St. Catharines ON|
|Phoenix Youth Programs||Halifax NS|
|Resource Assistance for Youth||Winnipeg MB|
|City of Saint John||Saint John NB|
|Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc.||Saskatoon SK|
|SideDoor Youth Centre||Yellowknife NW|
|Street Youth Planning Collaborative||Hamilton ON|
|Wyndham House||Guelph ON|
|YMCA of Greater Toronto||Toronto ON|
|Youth Services Bureau||Ottawa ON|