YouthCALL Service Link
YouthCALL Service Link
Who does YouthCALL help?
Youth Living in Low-Income
Transitional-aged youth (TAY) are one of the most under-serviced but highest-risk populations in our communities. As adolescents transition to adulthood, they fall into a gap between youth and adult services. Even though they still need help, there are few if any services to turn to. All this despite the fact that transitional-aged youth experience higher rates of mental health challenges and addiction, and LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk of poverty due to family rejection, social isolation, homelessness, and a lack of education and employment opportunities.
YouthCALL Service Link is a free live-answer telephone service for vulnerable youth in Alliston and Bradford, and has now expanded to serve youth in Innisfil. With a Community Service Navigator on their side, TAY individuals are connected with the resources they need to meet whatever life throws at them.
Through YouthCALL, life-saving and life-changing programs are made a part of each youth’s custom plan to support both their current needs and goals, with services that assist with:
Sub-Region: South Simcoe (Bradford, Alliston and Innisfil)
Local Issues Addressed:
Partners: Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County (Project Lead), CMHA York and South Simcoe, CONTACT Community Services, The Gilbert Centre, New Path Youth and Family Services, Youth Haven
November 2020 – June 2021
vulnerable youth connected to community resources
LGBTQ2S+ youth assisted with The Gilbert Centre
adults educated through workshops for parents
“Kim has helped me with many things and has always gone above and beyond. When I first met Kim, she helped me find housing by helping me message or call people for a room. I also sent her a lease to read over with me, as well as getting back into school by planning with me and telling one of the teachers about me. I know I can call Kim for help whenever I need to. Kim has even had meeting with me just to help with homework if I was behind or not understanding something. Overall, Kim has helped me with anything I have needed help with or even just to talk. I’m really glad Kim was there to help when I started living alone as it for sure made the process a lot easier.”