ONTARIO

Barrie Hamilton London North Bay North York
Ottawa Peterborough Sault Ste Marie Scarborough Smith Falls
Sudbury Thunder Bay Toronto Waterloo Windsor
Barrie

AIDS Committee of Simcoe County

336-80 Bradfort St., Barrie, ON L4N 6S7
Phone: (705) 722-6778
Fax: (705) 722-6560
E-mail: acscexecutivedirector@rogers.com
Web site: www.acsc.ca/hope.html
Contact: Tiff or Gerry

H.O.P.E. Theatre Troupe (Holding on Through Peer Education)
Description: H.O.P.E. was created, designed and produced by youth for youth to address the need for outreach in the areas of HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, homophobia, transphobia, violence, and many other issues that youth face.
Goal: To educate youth regarding harm reduction and health promotion strategies, and to provide a safe environment in which youth can learn and grow as members of the community.
Services: The H.O.P.E. Theatre Troupe performs in high schools, health promotion fairs and community events.
Youth Involvement: Youth develop skits and perform them to their peers on a variety of topics.
Age Range: 14-24
Language: English
Hamilton

The AIDS Network (Serving Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant)

135 Rebecca St., 2nd Floor, Hamilton, ON L8R 1B9
Phone: (905) 528-0854 or 1-866-563-0563
For Youth Info: (905) 528-0207 (recorded message)
Fax: (905) 528-6311
E-mail: info@aidsnetwork.ca
Web site: www.aidsnetwork.ca
Contact: Deb Stinson

Rainbow Youth
Description: Regular monthly drop-in meetings for GLBTQ youth in a central downtown, con?dential location. Call for more details. Note: this is a social group, not a therapeutic group.
Goal: To provide a safe space where GLBTQ youth can meet other GLBTQ youth.
Services: Access to GLBTQ information and resources; sexual health information; and referrals to social services if needed.
Youth Involvement: Meeting agendas are set by youth.
Age Range: 16-21
Language: English

LONDON

AIDS Committee of London
120-388 Dundas St., London, ON N6B 1V7
Phone: (519) 434-1601
Fax: (519) 434-1843
E-mail: aidslondon@wwdc.com
Web site: www.aidslondon.com
Contact: Janine Luce

Open Closet Youth Group
Description: Support group for GLBTQ youth.
Goal: To provide a safe space for youth to get support, share their concerns, have fun and access a range of information.
Services: Immediate counselling; needle exchange; condom distribution; speakers and other activities as determined by the group.
Youth Involvement: Youth determine group guidelines, and provide input into what types of activities and speakers they would like.
Age Range: 14-24
Language: English

NORTH BAY

AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area (ACNBA)

201-269 Main St. W., North Bay, ON P1B 2T8
Phone: (705) 497-3560
Fax: (705) 497-7850
E-mail: acnba@efni.com
Web site: www.aidsnorthbay.com
Contact: Karyn Browning - HIV Education Coordinator

HIV Education Program
Description: The HIV Education Program offers education, presentations and resources to groups or individuals on HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, and related issues. Although the education program provides services for all ages, there is a special focus on youth.
Goal: To prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and to decrease stigma and discrimination in the community.
Services: Presentations on HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, testing, safer sex, harm reduction and related issues; free condoms, lube and dental dams; and videos, books, pamphlets and posters.
Youth Involvement: A youth advisory committee ensures that the education program's services are accessible and relevant to youth.
Age Range: Under 30
Language(s): English and French

NORTH YORK
Griffin Centre
24 Silverview Dr., North York, ON M2M 2B3
Phone: (416) 222-1153
Fax: (416) 222-1321
E-mail: contact@griffin-centre.org
Web site: www.griffin-centre.org
Contact: Judith Marshall and Lee Shields

YAP (Youth Arts Project)
Description: Weekly drop-in arts based group for GLBTQ youth in North Toronto (but open to all GLBTQ youth). No previous arts experience required.
Goal: To create a queer youth positive space that encourages healthy development and positive sexual choices through self-esteem building, supportive peer relationships, and safer sex messages.
Services: Drop-in groups (food and TTC tickets provided) and individual counselling as needed.
Youth Involvement: There are two youth peer educators that are involved in outreach and leadership.
Age Range: 16-21 (but will consider older and younger youth)
Language: English

OTTAWA
Planned Parenthood Ottawa (PPO)
701-331 Cooper St., Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
Phone: (613) 226-3234
Fax: (613) 226-8955
E-mail: ppottawa@ppottawa.ca
Web site: www.ppottawa.ca
Contact: Stéphanie Piché

Community Education
Description: Insight Theatre is PPO's youth theatre program. This program is by, for and about youth. Every year a group of young people face the challenge of creating, directing and acting in their own show, and presenting it to their peers. PPO also has a peer education program which trains youth to teach about sexual health and HIV/AIDS to their peers in grades 7 and 8.
Goal: To reach as many youth as possible to inform them about various topics related to sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS.
Services: Theatre-based peer education program in Ottawa high schools; information and referral services via phone or through PPO's Web site; and free condoms and lube.
Youth Involvement: Youth plan and deliver the theatre program and peer education program.
Age Range: 14-18
Language(s): English and French

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
147 Besserer St., Ottawa, ON K1N 6A7
Phone: (613) 241-7788
Fax: (613) 241-7789
E-mail: hiv@ysb.on.ca
Web site: www.ysb.on.ca
Contact: Andrea Poncia, HIV/AIDS Educator

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program
Description: This program takes a holistic approach to educating street-involved youth about HIV/AIDS. By working in the context of a drop-in that provides a host of services to youth (such as education about housing, employment, mental health, HIV/AIDS and much more), the program aims to work within a network of support for youth to empower themselves to engage in safer practices.
Goal: To provide HIV/AIDS education prevention to high risk youth in Ottawa; to empower youth to engage in safer practices by working with many different services that meet their basic needs; to develop youth-focussed programming; to engage youth in program development and participation in community events; to train and collaborate with a Peer Education Team in organizing activities and information sessions for high risk youth; to maintain partnerships with other HIV/AIDS serving agencies locally, provincially and nationally; and to maintain the needle exchange program within Downtown Services and Drop-In.
Services: HIV prevention presentations and workshops for youth in schools, community programs, correctional facilities, conferences, etc.; individual and group support; outreach and on-going educational activities; community forums and health fairs; Information Board developed and organized by the Peer Education Team providing up-to-date HIV information; free condoms and lube; referrals; and needle exchange.
Youth Involvement: The program involves youth in program planning by engaging them to develop and lead activities through the Peer Education Team. Youth are invited to join advisory and planning committees, and participate in youth focus groups and surveys.
Age Range: 12-20
Language(s): English and French

PETERBOROUGH
Rainbow Youth Coalition

c/o Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN), 159 King St., Peterborough, ON K9J 2R8
Phone: (705) 749-9110 or 1-800-361-2895
Fax: (705) 749-6310
E-mail: info@rainbowyouth.ca
Web site: www.rainbowyouth.ca
Contact:Stephanie Carter

Rainbow Youth Coalition
Description: We are a coalition of service providers who strive to enrich the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited and questioning youth (ages 14-25) in the counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. We do this through education, advocacy and outreach, and by supporting queer youth in the development of their social networks.
Goal: To draw attention to issues affecting LGBTS youth living in the four county area; to reduce isolation and fear and foster positive growth for LGBTS youth; to reduce the stigma of being LGBTS in the educational and service delivery sectors; to deliver safer sex messages and HIV information, when and where appropriate, to LGBTS youth; to advocate for services and resources for LGBTS youth in the four county area; to create positive, supportive and accessible environments and services for LGBTS youth; to organize and deliver educational and empowering messages to LGBTS youth in the four county area; to provide information and support to the families of LGBTS youth; to ensure that the work of the Coalition is defined by the ongoing participation, advice and expressed needs of LGBTS youth in the four county area.
Services: The Rainbow Youth Coalition works with three main goals in mind. These goals relate to making safer spaces for queer youth in the counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.
  • Education: We provide workshops to community groups and organizations on the needs of queer youth. The goal of this work is to increase the inclusiveness of our communities.
  • Outreach: By providing settings and events for queer youth to meet and socialize, we hope queer youth will increase their self-esteem and feel more comfortable and capable in their sexual orientation/gender identity.
  • Advocacy: We work on behalf of queer youth to encourage the development of safer and inclusive spaces for queer youth.
Age Range: 14-25
Language: English

SAULT STE-MARIE
ACCESS AIDS Network (Sault Ste-Marie Office)

167 Gore St., Sault Ste-Marie, ON P6A 1M3
Phone: (705) 256-2437
Fax: (705) 256-1182
Web site: www.accessaidsnetwork.com
Contact: Tammy Leonard

Healthy Choices
Description: Healthy Choices works to increase knowledge of HIV and related health issues among GLBTQ youth, and provides a safe environment for GLBTQ youth to express their concerns about sexual orientation.
Goal: To increase self-esteem and decrease internalized homophobia among GLBTQ youth and young MSM; to increase the capacity of service providers to better serve GLBTQ youth and young MSM; and to provide education to all youth around issues such as sexual orientation and homophobia/heterosexism.
Services: Education to youth, service providers, schools, colleges and universities on topics related to lesbian/gay issues, homophobia/heterosexism, "coming out", sexual orientation, gender identity, trans-gendered issues, self-esteem, and internalized homophobia.
Youth Involvement: Youth feedback after education presentations helps to ensure the presentations are relevant and useful.
Age Range: 14-26
Language: English

Education Outreach Program
Contact: Tanya Gray
Description: To provide education and outreach services to everyone in the Algoma District, including youth.
Goal: To raise awareness of HIV/AIDS within at risk populations accessing services within the Algoma District; and to provide educational and training opportunities for community members on HIV/AIDS and related issues.
Services: Education; outreach; workshops; and a resource/lending library.
Youth Involvement: A portion of the Education Outreach program is devoted to youth education and training.
Age Range: All ages
Language: English

Support Services
Contact: Bob Hughes

Description:
A support program for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Goal: To provide support and counselling services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, including youth.
Services: Counselling and support; resource/lending library; and practical assistance (such as food vouchers).
Youth Involvement: The Support Services Worker works with a Youth Group.
Age Range: All ages
Language: English

SCARBOROUGH
Second Base Youth Shelter
702 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough, ON M1K 2B5
Phone: (416) 261-2733
Fax: (416) 261-2739
Web site: www.secondbaseyouthshelter.org
Contact: Diana Malette or Owen Hinds

Housing and Information Referral Centre
Description: Second Base is an emergency youth shelter serving male and female youth. Food, clothing and shelter are provided while giving youth opportunities to be self-reliant in the community. Second Base also operates a housing and information referral centre to provide referrals and facilitate progress towards independent living.
Goal: To provide food, clothing and shelter in a safe and secure environment; and to provide information and resources that promote healthy choices.
Services: Informal counselling; information and referrals; workshops; housing services; emergency shelter; food and clothing; free condoms, and more.
Youth Involvement: Youth assist with design and presentation of workshops, and surveys and discussion forums are used to obtain feedback from youth.
Age Range: 16-21
Language(s): English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (other translation services are available).

SMITHS FALLS
Smiths Falls & District Club for Youth

41 Main St. W., Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4W7
Phone/Fax: (613) 284-1784
E-mail: sfdcy@hotmail.com
Web site: www.typs.com
Contact: Carol Ann Courville

After School Program
Description: Interactive speakers discuss topics such as HIV/AIDS, needle exchange, substance use, etc. with youth.
Goal: To provide greater awareness and the opportunity for youth to speak openly about issues that matter to them.
Services: Resources; referrals; and workshops.
Youth Involvement: A Youth Board participates in determining topics for speakers.
Age Range: 11-18
Language: English

SUDBURY
ACCESS AIDS Network (Sudbury Office)
203-111 Elm St., Sudbury, ON P3C 1T3
Phone: (705) 688-0500
Fax: (705) 688-0423
E-mail: access@cyberbeach.net
Web site: www.cyberbeach.net/~access
Contact: Youth Outreach Coordinator

Youth Outreach Program
Description: The program includes outreach to street-involved youth, HIV/AIDS education presentations to schools, and community education theatre/art projects to get youth involved.
Goal: HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness.
Youth Involvement: Youth provide input into the outreach program through participation on an advisory committee.
Age Range: 14-24
Language(s): French, English and Ojibwa

THUNDER BAY
AIDS Thunder Bay
P.O. Box 24025, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 8A9
Phone: (807) 345-1516
Fax: (807) 345-2505
E-mail: info@AIDSThunderbay.org
Web site: www.aidsthunderbay.org
Contact: Denise Olson

SCOPE (Smart Choices Outreach Program and Evaluation)
Description: SCOPE is a three-year prevention project that expires March 31, 2005. This project targets substance-using youth, primarily heterosexual, with a focus on marginalized populations. This three-year project incorporates peer outreach, a performance art outreach element, as well as social marketing campaigns to get HIV prevention education messages to the target group.
Goal: To educate youth about safer sex practices as well as safer drug using practices in hopes of reducing the spread of HIV.
Services: Educate substance users about prevention and harm reduction techniques. Referrals to community partner agencies as appropriate.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved as peers, and distribute condoms and other materials to youth.
Age Range: 16-30
Language: English

TORONTO
AIDS Committee of Toronto
399 Church St., 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2J6
Phone: (416) 340-8484
Fax: (416) 340-8224
E-mail: hcarolo@actoronto.org
Web site: www.actoronto.org/youth
Contact: Humberto Carolo, Youth Community Development Coordinator

Peer Outreach Project (POP)
Description: POP is a "by youth for youth" project aimed at reducing the risk for HIV infection among queer youth. Youth peers engage in education and outreach activities targeted at youth at risk.
Goal: To involve queer youth in reaching their peers with prevention, education and healthy sexuality messages.
Services: Outreach; workshops; trainings; and presentations.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved in all stages of program development, delivery and evaluation.
Age Range: 15-29
Language: English

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAP)
20 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H5
Phone: (416) 599-2727
Fax: (416) 599-6011
E-mail: education@asaap.ca
Web site: www.asaap.ca, www.dosti.ca, www.brownkiss.ca
Contact: Vijaya Chikermane

Desi's Against HIV/AIDS
Description: ASAP's Desi's Against HIV/AIDS Project has speci?c target groups, one of which is youth. The youth program focuses on providing prevention education and sexual health awareness to South Asian youth through informative, engaging and culturally appropriate channels.
Goal: To educate youth about safer sex options and to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and/or STIs; to mobilize youth on issues of sexual health and cultural challenges; and to engage youth in the service and delivery of ASAP's programming as volunteers and/or youth group members so they may actively work towards community development.
Services: Sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness building workshops/seminars; youth engagement through outreach at cultural and community events; community events and forums on youth issues and how they intersect with culture and sexuality; an interactive youth based website that aims to inform young people's relationship and sexual choices; safe spaces for youth who self-identify as GLBTQ; free condoms (male and female); lube; referrals; and anonymous HIV testing.
Youth Involvement: Youth take an active role in the planning and delivery of workshops, youth forums and community events sponsored by ASAP. Youth feedback on the program is encouraged through focus groups and evaluations after workshops.
Age Range: 15-29
Language(s): English with the option of Hindi, Urdu and Tamil

Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)
107-33 Isabella St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2P7
Phone: (416) 963-4300
Fax: (416) 963-4371
E-mail: youth@acas.org
Web site: www.acas.org
Contact: Florence Heung, Youth Education and Outreach Coordinator

Youth Education and Outreach Project
Description: The Youth Education and Outreach Project provides peer-led HIV/AIDS prevention education and outreach to East and Southeast Asian youth.
Goal: To decrease the rate of HIV/AIDS infections among East and Southeast Asian youth in Toronto.
Services: Recruit, train, and support youth peer educators; provide HIV/AIDS prevention outreach; conduct HIV/AIDS prevention education workshops to schools and community groups; provide HIV/AIDS prevention events, including events for Queer Asian Youth (QAY); produce and distribute HIV/AIDS prevention materials; and provide individual counselling and referrals on HIV testing.
Youth Involvement: Youth peer educators provide HIV/AIDS prevention outreach and workshops at high schools and community groups. The QAY Social Events Planning Committee is driven by youth volunteers. Youth are involved in the Education and Outreach Committee, which oversees the Youth Education and Outreach Project, and ACAS also has youth on the Board of Directors which oversees the organization as a whole.
Age Range: 14-25
Language(s): ACAS's services can be obtained in English, and East and Southeast Asian languages including Chinese, Pilipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai. ACAS' services are volunteer-driven and the availability of services in Asian languages depends on both staff and volunteer availability.

Central Toronto Youth Services
300-65 Wellesley St. E., Toronto, ON M4Y 2G7
Phone: (416) 924-2100 x245
Fax: (416) 924-2930
E-mail: cshiff@ctys.org
Web site: www.ctys.org
Contact: Cori Shiff

Pride and Prejudice
Description: A counselling and support program for GLBTQ youth.
Goal: To provide support for queer and trans youth.
Services: Training and education on issues relevant to GLBTQ youth, inclusive of issues for HIV-positive youth.
Youth Involvement: Youth provide input into the program's content.
Age Range: 25 and under
Language: English

Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples
2141 Jane St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M3M 1A2
Phone: (416) 925-2800
Fax: (416) 925-2263
E-mail: aidscssp@spanishservices.org
Web site: www.spanishservices.org
Contact: Consuelo Llanos

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Support Program
Description: Provides educational and support activities for people with HIV/AIDS, including youth, and their families, friends and partners.
Goal: To provide services for Spanish speaking PLWHIV/AIDS, including youth.
Services: One-on-one counselling for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; support group; referrals to community services; Spanish language interpretation; workshops on HIV/AIDS, STIs and healthy sexuality; peer education for Latino gay men and MSM, and Latino women at risk.
Youth Involvement: Youth provide feedback through focus groups and discussion.
Age Range: 17-24
Language: Spanish

Evergreen Centre for Street Youth
381 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 1S1
Phone: (416) 977-7259
Fax: (416) 597-1081
Web site: www.ysm.on.ca
Contact: Julie Maher

Dialogue on Sex and Life
Description: Evergreen focuses on meeting the complex needs of Toronto's large street youth population. Four dialogue series (six sessions each) run throughout the year on topics such as sexuality, self-esteem, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS and STIs.
Goal: The series on HIV/AIDS prevention aims to decrease at-risk behavior and increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS, STIs, etc.
Services: Health centre; employment resource centre; drop-in centre; food; recreation; referrals; advocacy; informal counselling, and more.
Youth Involvement: Four youth are hired as peer mentors and go through six sessions of training. These youth co-facilitate as least one series of workshops.
Age Range: Under 25
Language: English

Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line
P.O. Box 62, Station F, Toronto, ON M4Y 2L4
Phone: (416) 962-2232 or 1-888-687-9688 (Ontario)
Helpline: (416) 962-9688 or 1-800-268-9688 (Ontario)
Fax: (416) 962-7967
E-mail: info@youthline.ca
Web site: www.youthline.ca
Contact: Philip Wong

Peer Support Service (Phone-line and On-line)
Description: The Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line provides a toll-free province-wide phone line and on-line forum for gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirited, queer and questioning young people in Ontario.
Goal: To affirm the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, Two Spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario, and to create an empowering community of queer youth across Ontario.
Services: Toll-free and con?dential phone line operated by youth for youth; information and peer support on issues of sexuality, gender identity and HIV/AIDS; and an on-line youth support forum is available at www.youthline.ca
Youth Involvement: From providing peer support on the phones and on-line to being staff and board members, youth participation and engagement are a hallmark of the Youth Line.
Age Range: 12-26
Language: English

Native Child and Family Service of Toronto
201-464 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1W9
Phone: (416) 969-8510
Fax: (416) 969-9251
Web site: www.nativechild.org
Contact: Meghann Leclair, Youth Outreach Worker

Youth Drop-in Services
Description: The Youth Drop-in provides various services to young Native people in Toronto. The youth program offers a variety of support groups, circles and services.
Goal: The philosophy of the Youth Program is based on and promotes the goal of "Survival and life enhancement through the realization of Native positive lifestyle alternatives among Native youth". It is the purpose of this program to meet the personal, social and cultural needs of Native youth as they identify them in a way that empowers young Native people to plan and direct their own lives.
Services: Teaching and cultural circles; sharing and talking circles; HIV/AIDS and sexual health information and workshops are provided; Teachers and Elders visit the program; recovery support circles; support for young parents and their children; young offenders worker (on and off site); counselling; evening programs; support with legal issues; referrals to health and medical facilities; and meal programs, and more.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved in the Youth Council that represents youth drop-in participants in the community and helps to plan socials, events, etc. There are also forums held that are planned and hosted by youth to talk about drop-in improvements and programming.
Age Range: 16-24
Language: English

Youth Outreach Program
Description: Youth street outreach program provides basic services in partnership with a supporting outreach agency on a weekly basis (partner agencies: Street Outreach Services and Youthlink Innercity).
Goal: To provide assistance to Native and non-Native urban youth who are street-involved.
Services: Provide and distribute information on healthy sexual lifestyles (distribute condoms, lube, etc.); make referrals and provide support services re: housing, education, legal and medical matters; and harm reduction supplies are provided by the two partner agencies.
Youth Involvement: Youth work as peer outreach workers who accompany the Outreach Worker during shifts.
Age Range: 16-24
Language: English

PASAN (Prisoners HIV/AIDS Support Action Network)
500-489 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1A5
Phone: (416) 920-9567
Fax: (416) 920-4314
E-mail: connor@pasan.org or koshala@pasan.org
Web site: www.pasan.org
Contact: Connor McCollum and Koshala Nallanayagam

Youth Outreach and Education Program
Description: The program provides HIV/AIDS, hepatitis A, B, and C and STI prevention workshops from a prisoner's rights and harm reduction perspective for youth and staff at young offenders' facilities in Toronto.
Goal: To prevent the spread of HIV among at-risk youth involved in the criminal justice system; and to provide support and advocacy for youth infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
Services: Outreach and education on legal rights for youth; contact information for free legal counsel and information on the new youth criminal justice act; peer-driven workshops, support and advocacy services, clothing bank, and limited ?nancial support to help ex-prisoners pay for ID (provincial health insurance, social insurance, etc.).
Youth Involvement: Youth feedback/evaluations directly contribute to workshop content.
Age Range: 12-25
Language: English

Planned Parenthood of Toronto
36B Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto, ON M5R 1A9
Phone: (416) 961-0113
Fax: (416) 961-2512
E-mail: ppt@ppt.on.ca
Web site: www.spiderbytes.ca and www.ppt.on.ca
Contact: Susan Flynn, Program Manager

Teen Sex Information Program (TSIP)
Description: TSIP provides anonymous and con?dential sexual health information services to Toronto-area teens. TSIP peer volunteers are available to respond to questions in a non-judgemental, youth-positive, sex-positive, inclusive and pro-choice manner.
Goal: To provide high quality innovative programs that enhance the individual's ability to meet their own sexual health needs.
Services: Teen Sex InfoLine (peer to peer phone line service); peer to peer MSN Internet Chat service (spiderbytes@hotmail.com); peer to peer e-mail response service (askus@spiderbytes.ca); and a sexual health information and education Web site for teens (www.spiderbytes.ca).
Youth Involvement: Teens are recruited from Toronto's diverse communities and provided with 32 hours of training in effective communication, sexual health information and anti-oppression analysis. These teen volunteers provide all of the services listed above responding to sexual health questions from their peers. Teen volunteers also act as an advisory committee for the program providing input on every aspect of program planning, training and promotion.
Age Range: 13-19
Language: English

Positive Youth Outreach
399 Church St., 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2J6
Phone: (416) 340-8484 ext. 281
Fax: (416) 340-8224
E-mail: pyo@actoronto.org
Web site: www.positiveyouth.com
Contact: Alex McClelland

Description:
Positive Youth Outreach (PYO) is a Toronto based, peer-driven program with the AIDS Committee of Toronto. PYO's 'No Drama' Social Support Drop-in is a program for HIV-positive youth 29 and under. We share experiences, information and support each other's choices. There is always a meal and we have weekly activities such as going to movies, art, workshops, etc. PYO also has a joint program for young HIV-positive women - see "Voices of Positive Women" for more information.
Goal: PYO's mission is to empower, support, and af?rm our lives as young people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. We advocate for ourselves to ensure that as young people living with HIV/AIDS we can live happier, healthier and productive lives.
Services: Drop-in; weekly activities; workshops; and a childcare subsidy and public transportation tokens are available.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved in all aspects of the program, from planning to delivery.
Age Range: 12-29 years old
Language: English

Positive Youth Project
(Office location in transition)
E-mail: Sarah.Flicker@utoronto.ca
Contact: Sarah Flicker

Description:
The Positive Youth Project is a collaborative venture of the Hospital for Sick Children, TeenNet at the University of Toronto, the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange, and Positive Youth Outreach, a program of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, as well as several other AIDS Service Organizations that work with youth across Canada.
Goal: To improve the health of youth living with HIV through research and action; to use a community-based approach to build the capacities of HIV-positive youth and the organizations that serve them to ask and answer their own research questions; to map out individual and community needs and services among HIV-positive youth in Ontario; to develop responsive programs and materials in the areas of treatment and self-care.
Services: Provide training to youth and service providers to become co-researchers.
Youth Involvement: Youth are involved in all stages of the research process - as co-researchers, advisors and team members.
Age Range: 12-29
Language(s): English and French

Shout Clinic
467 Jarvis St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8
Phone: (416) 927-8553
Fax: (416) 927-9365
Contact: Carloes Francis

Description:
A clinic for street-involved and homeless youth, including those living with HIV/AIDS.
Goal: To provide a variety of health care services to street-involved and homeless youth.
Services: Anonymous HIV testing; needle exchange; STI testing and treatments; counselling; referral services; and general health information on STI and HIV prevention and transmission issues. No Ontario Health Insurance card is necessary.
Youth Involvement: A Youth Advisory Committee works with the staff to create a youth-friendly environment.
Age Range: 25 and under
Language: English

Voices of Positive Women
105-66 Isabella St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1N3
Phone: (416) 324-8703 or 1-800-263-0961
Fax: (416) 324-9701
E-mail: voices@vopw.org
Web site: www.vopw.org
Contact: Support Worker

Social Support Group for Young HIV-Positive Women
Description: A monthly support group for young HIV-positive women, where young women can get together to talk, eat and do fun stuff together.
Goal: To provide peer-based social support, referrals and information for young HIV-positive women in the Toronto area.
Services: Tokens; food; clothing exchange; resources; peer support; and activities.
Youth Involvement: The program is facilitated by young women for young women, and is in partnership with Positive Youth Outreach, an organization run by and for HIV-positive youth.
Age Range: 15-29
Language: English

Youthlink Inner City
7 Vanauley St., Toronto, ON M5T 2V9
Phone: (416) 703-3361
Fax: (416) 703-3359
E-mail: karenp@youthlink.ca
Web site: www.youthlink.ca/innercity.htm
Contact: Diana Walker

HIV Support Care Program
Description: This program provides support and care for HIV-positive and AIDS symptomatic street-involved youth.
Goal: To provide HIV/AIDS education; to encourage youth to be tested; to provide support through the testing process; and to offer counselling and referrals.
Services: The staff accompanies youth to their doctor's appointments; visits youth in hospital; assists youth in securing housing, and will help with any issue that would contribute to stabilizing their lives. HIV, hepatitis C and STI prevention and education workshops are offered to at risk youth.
Youth Involvement: To ensure that our programs are comprehensive, relevant and effective, former street-involved youth are actively involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of our programs and services.
Age Range: 16-25
Language: English

WATERLOO
Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region
500-151 Frederick St., Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2
Phone: (519) 743-9360
Fax: (519) 743-6710
E-mail: educator@ppwr.on.ca
Web site: www.ppwr.on.ca
Contact: Sarah Wolf, Education Coordinator

Peer Education Theatre Program
Description: Performed by and for youth, this program educates youth in high school settings about a range of issues related to healthy sexuality.
Goal: To educate youth about healthy sexuality and to give youth the tools to make informed decisions regarding their sexuality.
Services: Educational workshops are also offered on a range of issues related to healthy sexuality including STIs and healthy relationships.
Youth Involvement: Youth create and perform the theatre production.
Age Range: 12-16
Language: English

WINDSOR
AIDS Committee of Windsor
1168 Drouillard Road, Suite B, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1
Phone: (519) 973-0222
Fax: (519) 973-7389
E-mail: salexander@aidswindsor.com
Web site: www.aidswindsor.com
Contact: Sandra Alexander, Health Promotion/Community Education

Young and Proud
Description: A drop-in program for GLBTQ youth that involves discussion on various topics including relationships, coming out, safer sex and HIV/AIDS. Social events include GLBTQ-positive friends and family.
Goal: To provide information and opportunities for both group and one-on-one discussion on a range of issues relevant to GLBTQ youth.
Services: Individual counselling, and referrals as needed.
Youth Involvement: Youth input directs discussion and education topics.
Age Range: 14-26
Language: English

 
 
 
 
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