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. They create healthy arts, culture and recreational spaces for young people, as well as provide supportive housing and employment opportunities, and work to increase youth access to adult mentoring and support.
The Public worked with SOY through a nine-month co-creation process, working closely with a group of youth to design the rebrand of SOY. We created paid positions, wrote job descriptions, interviewed, and hired youth currently involved at SOY. The youth came together for workshops we facilitated twice a month, that were specifically designed to fit the SOY mandate to empower and build capacity among youth in engaging and collaborative ways.
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