The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth is sending out a challenge to ALL service providers and members of the LGBTQ community: Find a way to be an ally to LGBTQ youth in government care and residential facilities. We created this video - what can YOU do to help? Don’t say, “That’s so Gay” or “No Homo.” Say something positive. Be an LGBTQ ally.
View the video here: http://bit.ly/1j0V7U3
Kimonnie Tucker is as confident in person as she is on camera. The George Brown College pre-health science student offers a strong handshake and the invitation to call her Kim, all the while beaming a megawatt smile. On a big screen in the York Region Children’s Aid Society Newmarket boardroom, My Path to a Better Future, a video featuring the young woman and other former Crown wards, is playing. You can view the video here: http://bit.ly/1s3VJIu
The recently produced video shares the experiences and advice of youths in care from York and Durham regions who have completed high school and are furthering their studies.
The video is a co-production between the two regions' Children's Aid Societies and the Durham Crown Ward Education Championship Team. It’s part of a strategy to reverse low high school graduation rates among youths in care and inspire them to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education or training. The production also endeavours to de-stigmatize perceptions about Crown wards.