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
of youth felt an increased sense of belonging and inclusion
“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.”